President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on investors and business leaders in Spain to participate in the exceptional investment opportunities in Ghana.
Ghana, with its stable security and political environment, coupled with a sound legal and regulatory environment, and a stable domestic market and macro-economic stability, he noted, had the best investment climate in West Africa for both local and foreign investors.
“As most of you know, Ghana is a haven of peace, security and stability, indeed, the safest country in West Africa, where legitimate investments are protected. We have witnessed, through the ballot box, three peaceful transfers of power from one political party to another in the 28-year period of the 4th Republic.”
President Akufo-Addo made the call on Monday when he addressed the business community in Spain, as part of the “Focus Africa 2023” Conference in Madrid, Spain.
The Conference defines Spanish foreign action in Africa until 2023 and forms part of the Spain’s foreign action Strategy from 2021 to 2024. The strategy includes; the specific actions the Spanish government intends taking with key stakeholders in Africa, including; Ghana. It is aligned with the realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union’s 2063 Agenda.
The President told the meeting that between, 2017 and 2020, his first term in office was spent correcting the fundamentals of the economy, which were all pointing in the wrong direction.
“We have, over the period, put in place measures needed to reduce the cost of doing business, improve the business environment, and made the Ghanaian economy not only one of the most business-friendly economies in Africa, but also one of the fastest growing economies in the world between 2017 and 2020,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo pointed out the fact that though economies of most countries were recording negative growth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ghana’s economy was one of the few that still managed to record a positive GDP growth.
“In spite of the ravages of the pandemic, we are working to grow the economy at a much faster rate this year, our target being a five percent (5 per cent) GDP growth rate, which will enhance the prospects of a win-win environment for both private sector and country; an environment, where companies do not just survive, but actually thrive,” he said.
The President told the business leaders that the major intervention driving the revival and revitalization of the Ghanaian economy is the GH¢100 billion Ghana CARES ‘Obaatampa’ Programme, whose main elements included; supporting commercial farming and attracting educated youth into commercial farming; and building the country’s light manufacturing sector; developing engineering/machine tools and ICT/digital economy industries; amongst others.
“It continues to be an exciting time to be in Ghana, and to do business in the country. Already, global car manufacturing giants, Volkswagen of Germany, Sinotruk of China, Nissan of Japan have established assembly plants in the country. Energy giant, ExxonMobil of the United States of America, is establishing an office and base in Ghana, and the well-known Norwegian energy company, Aker, is much established in Ghana, and I believe it is for good reason,” he added.
He, thus, urged business community in Spain to take advantage of the business-friendly climate in the country to invest in Ghana, adding, “I am sure you have heard of some of my government’s flagship policies of “One District, One Factory”, “One Village, One Dam”, and the programme for “Planting for Food and Jobs”, which I commend to you, as I do areas in water, health, housing, road and rail infrastructure, transport, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, petroleum and gas, the exploitation of our mineral wealth of bauxite, iron ore and gold, renewable energy and ICT growth.”
The President told the gathering that a key challenge of the Ghanaian economy, is its infrastructural deficit, noting that government was embarking on an aggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both road and railway infrastructure.
“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production centre linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbours.
“Ghana is, rightly, considered a beacon of democracy in Africa. In the same vein, we are determined to make her an example of rapid economic growth within the context of a well-developed market economy. We welcome your contribution to this endeavor,” the President stated,