Business forum in Ghana for Mauritius start-ups
The state of the art airport at Accra, Ghana (Source: ghanarising.blogspot.com)
Ghana is the place to be for Mauritius entrepreneurs with the Mauritius Trade and Investment Forum being held in the capital Accra from 19 to 20 September.
The session, jointly organised by the Board of Investment – the national investment promotion agency of the Mauritius government – and Enterprise Mauritius (EM) – the apex Investment and Trade Promotion agency of Mauritius – is the first of its kind. It has already sparked plenty of interest in the Mauritius business community, with 40 Mauritian businessmen having arrived in Ghana to meet with their counterparts.
Dev Chamroo, CEO of Enterprise Mauritius, said that the event aims to strengthen the bilateral trade and investment relation between Mauritius and Ghana.
He also noted that the event will serve as a platform for entrepreneurs of the two countries to meet and discuss business-related issues especially in the sectors of services, agriculture, energy, and infrastructure as well as value-added financial services.
The event seeks to provide a forum for Mauritian entrepreneurs who are eying investment opportunities in Ghana. All business structures including joint venture collaboration, strategic alliances, franchising and project financing will be touched upon in the course of the business forum. A buyers’ and sellers meeting will also be held, exhibiting a wide range of products manufactured in Mauritius.
Chamroo added that businessmen from both the countries can exploit synergies to their mutual benefit.
He underscored Mauritius’ expertise in high value added services such as education and medicine, adding that the country had also diversified its industrial base over time to sea food processing as well as other products.
He said the forum would allow entrepreneurs on both sides to discuss investment opportunities or join hands in investment promotion. These investment opportunities would not only be limited to Mauritius but also allow Ghanaians access to more than 26 countries that they could reach out to from the island nation, famed as a platform between Africa and Asia.
Mauritius annual export is about $6 billion (comprising 2.4 billion dollars of goods and 2.6 billion dollars of services) of which only $1 billion is exported to Africa. Tying up with its African neighbors will both increase business opportunities for the island nation as well as allow other African nations to access investment opportunities across the globe, using Mauritius as a spring board.