Mr Stephen Antwi, the President of the Ghanaian German Economic Association (GGEA), said integrity in business would enable credible and reliable foreign partners to enter into long-term relationship to boost capacities for entry into the international market.
Mr Antwi was speaking at a forum organised by GGEA in Accra on the theme: “Doing Business with Germany.”
It brought together participants from the private sector, policy makers and government to deliberate on ways to improve the country’s business environment.
He said it was important for business people to partner with credible foreign business organisations, especially those from Germany, to realise their full potentials.
Mr Mackenzie Schow, the Investment Manager of DEG, a German company that promotes initiatives in developing and emerging markets, said reputable financial entities including the DEG were ready to offer the needed financing to assist qualified companies who met specific requirements.
He said DEG could introduce the companies to the right business partners and help in the sourcing of quality products and services from Germany through GGEA.
“Joining one of our multiple business delegations to Germany could secure a reliable and credible business partner and investor for your mutual benefits,” he said.
Mr Schow said the German Government was committed to enhancing trade either through government-to-government level or empowering organisations in that country to partner with businesses in Ghana.
Mr Philipp Liesbrock, the Head of the Visa Section, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, said the embassy offered different types of visas which included the multiple year visa, EU-blue card, job seekers visa and visa for highly qualified personal.
He noted that to qualify for the EU blue card visa the individual must have employment contract or binding job offer with a specified minimum gross annual salary of €48,500.
However, academics of natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, IT and medical doctors with contracts or job offers with salaries below this statutory minimum of €48.500 but above €37.752 they are still eligible for the EU Blue Card because they are in high demand, he said.
Mr Liesbrock explained that the minimum requirement for a job seeker visa is either a German or an officially recognised foreign university degree.
He said: “We have a business friendly German Embassy here in Accra where once you meet the necessary requirements you will be provided with a visa to meet your business partners.”