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Osafo Maafo opens Ghana Economic Forum

By
Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA

Accra, Aug. 7, GNA – Senior Minister Yaw Osafo
Maafo has opened the Sixth Edition of the Ghana Economic Forum (GEF) for more
than 500 local and international business leaders, at the Kempinski Gold Coast
City Hotel in Accra.

The participants are expected to discuss
whether the Ghanaian economy and the current development framework allow the
citizens to fully own the economy or not and thus charting a clear path for
Ghanaian businesses to own the economy.

The two-day forum, which is being organised by
the Business and Financial Times (B&FT), in partnership with the Ghana News
Agency, and other corporate organisations, has been officially endorsed by the
Government as part of Ghana’s 60th Independence celebrations.

Mrs Edith Dankwa, the Chief Executive Officer
of the B&FT, said discussions and debates would be led by high-level
experts and business personalities from across the country.

“Ghana is one of the world’s most attractive
investment destinations after more than a decade of substantial economic
progress,” she stated.

“The country is endowed with a new breed of
dynamic entrepreneurs complementing the decades of hard work by seasoned
entrepreneurs. Ghanaian businesses are now poised to own the country’s
economy.”

However, she said, many challenges existed
regarding how to strengthen existing businesses and nurture young ones as the
country sought to create and grow global brands.

In this regard, this year’s forum, which is
being held on the theme: “Building a Ghanaian-Owned Economy, 60 Years after
Independence”, is designed to bring together economic gurus and local and
international business leaders to dialogue for effective business management.

In addition, it would analyse the development
process through effective participation in the economic decision-making process
and the implementation of policies, which offer incentives to Ghanaian
businesses.

Some strategic issues that would be discussed
during the plenary sessions of the GEF are: “Macroeconomic trends affecting the
global economy;” “The attributes that have allowed emerging market companies to
play an increasing role on the international stage;” “The rise of the Ghanaian
urban consumer;” and the “Interrelated social and demographic changes creating
new domestic engines of growth.”

Thematic workshops would also be held to
enable participants to tap into the ideas of Ghanaian and international
business experts concerning management issues and trends.

She said a large part of the programme would
focus on new developments in corporate financing and the evolving relationship
between Ghana’s private sector and public authorities.

Since 2012, the Ghana Economic Forum has
rallied some of the country’s most remarkable minds to discuss, debate and gain
insights needed to advance the economy of Ghana.

GNA

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