Canadian drilling tool manufacturers, Fordia has strengthened its presence in Africa, with the inauguration of its first office in Ghana, as a hub to handle its West African operations.
The office, which started operations about two weeks ago, will cover the company’s operations in Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Guinea.
Speaking at the official ceremony to open the office in Obuasi, Ashanti Region, Mr Yaw Kwegyir-Aggrey, Regional Manager of Fordia assured existing and prospective customers of the company’s prompt and efficient services in terms of placement and delivery of orders and offering of most appropriate, customised and timely technical support and advice.
Mr Andre Derguy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Fordia Global, was full of praise for the Regional Manager, saying he had an excellent understanding of the African market, having worked for many years in the mineral exploration sector.
“The assets in Ghana are important for the development as well as growth of the African subsidiary and we are confident that he is the man for the job and he will have the complementary teams on-site in each country to support and ensure smooth operations of the respective country business.
“This first office in Africa represents an excellent opportunity for Fordia against the understanding that Africa is a vast continent with extraordinary mineral potential and a promising future.
“Thus, with Ghana’s position as one of the world’s largest gold producers and coupled with the fact that its exploration spending is stable; its wealth in terms of raw materials – gold, diamonds and manganese ore – are making this country a prime destination for mineral exploration to justify Fordia selection as its hub for the growth of its businesses in the sub-region,” Mr Derguy said.
Mr Alexander Ackon, Obuasi Municipal Chief Executive, who chaired the occasion intimated that he was personally excited that Fordia chose to site its regional offices in Obuasi to service its West African operations.
He said Fordia made the right choice since with the on-going-zip-code address system project, Obuasi will soon be plotted on the Global Positioning System.
Ms Trudy Kernighan, Canadian High Commissioner said Fordia was one of the renowned companies in Canada that offered drilling solutions in the mineral exploration and geotechnical industries.
She commended Fordia on its bold decision to select Ghana as the hub for its operations in the West African sub-region.
Ms Kernighan pledged the High Commission’s support to Fordia West Africa to grow and to serve not only the sub-region but as a point for market penetration into other sub-regions in Africa.