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Investment in Ghana French business delegation in Ghana to explore business opportunities

In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm, Trebah said "One of the things that we will be looking to tap into in terms of French expertise is in our cocoa industry."

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A business delegation from France are in Ghana to explore business opportunities in the country, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mawuena Trebah has comfirmed.

In an interview with Accra based Citi Fm, Trebah said "One of the things that we will be looking to tap into in terms of French expertise is in our cocoa industry."

"We’ve already seen some of that impact that has a very strong relationship with France in terms of business. But we are going to be taking them to interact with the Cocoa Research Institute and look at some of the products that have been developed and the different ways we can translate them into," she added.

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The French business delegation which is led by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Municipal Council of Bordeaux,will be in the country from February 8-13.

The visit is a spin-off from a series of successful meetings held between a group of Ghanaian corporate, municipal and academic delegates and their Paris counterparts during President John Dramani Mahama’s trip to France in October, 2015.

Other areas of interest for the visiting French business delegation include; agro-business, hospitality and tourism, ICT, education, healthcare, packaging for export , pharmaceuticals , energy, waste management and infrastructure.

A statement issued by the GIPC said the visit will provide a unique opportunity to expand the relationship between Ghana and France especially at the small and medium-sized business level, at the municipal and decentralised level and between academic institutions.

According to the statement, French companies have already invested in several countries of the West African sub-region and Ghana is no exception. As a matter of fact, being the fourth destination in sub-Saharan Africa for French investors, the presence of French companies in Ghana is ever-increasing.

The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ghana which currently has an increasing number of affiliated French and Ghanaian companies will assuredly stimulate more business relations. As the leading West African country, investments in Ghana will further enhance regional development, the statement said.

The visit will comprise a trip to Tamale which is the fastest growing city in Africa due to its unique geographical location and existing infrastructure that positions it as a potential hub and transit point for the ECOWAS region and a natural meeting point between East and West, North and South and Francophone and Anglophone West Africa, the statement added.

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