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Ghana Bottling Company, others emerge in Panama Papers database

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Panama_papers6Some entities in Ghana have emerged in the publicly available Panama Papers database published by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). They include the Ghana Bottling Company Ltd, African Mining International Ltd and PW Mining International Ltd, and Ghana Investment Holdings Ltd.

Ghana Bottling Company

Ghana Bottling Company was incorporated on August 1, 2007 in the British Virgin Islands. Like most anonymous companies, the company’s listed address is that of a law firm in Beirut, Lebanon – Abouhamad, Merheb, Nohra, Chamoun, Chedid law firm.

The ICIJ’s database shows that Ghana Bottling Company is a shareholder of Kenya Bottling Company Ltd, also registered in the British Virgin Islands on the same date and having the same law firm in Beirut as its address.

Ghana Bottling Company is owned by an entity known as Mak Holdings Ltd and a group of men bearing the same last name El Khalil, who also own shares in a string of refreshment companies and bottling companies across Africa.

The companies owned by Mak Holdings and the El Khalil’s alongside the Ghana Bottling Company are Rwanda Bottling Company Ltd, Kenya Bottling Company Ltd, Tanzania Refreshments Ltd and Kenya Refreshments Ltd – all registered in the British Virgin Islands and having the offices of Abouhamad, Merheb, Nohra, Chamoun, Chedid law firm as their listed address.

Ghana Investment Holdings

The ICIJ’s database shows that Ghana Investment Holdings Ltd, was registered in the British Virgin Islands on April 4, 2011, with an intermediary company in Hong Kong known as Svanosio Company Ltd listed as its address.

Levity Enterprises Ltd, a shareholder in Ghana Investment Holdings with a listed Israel address, is an owner in the center of a web of offshore companies registered in the British Virgin Islands with Svanosio Company in Hong Kong as their address.

African Mining Ltd

In the case of Africa Mining International Ltd, the company was registered in April 2012 in the British Virgin Islands with the aid of PW Mining International Ltd which was registered in the Bahamas in 2004, as an intermediary. Both companies however use their address in East Legon, Accra.

By Emmanuel Odonkor

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