The United Kingdom’s (UK) Minister of State for Africa, Harriet Baldwin has affirmed the UK government’s commitment to increase her investment in Ghana and ensure greater economic harmonization between the two countries
Minister Harriet Baldwin made this call at the second UK-Ghana Business Council (UKGBC) meetings held at the Lancaster House in London on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
The first meeting of the UKGBC was held in Ghana on October 14, 2018.
Ghana's Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, is attending the meeting.
The overarching goal of the UKGBC is to match as closely as possible Ghana’s needs with UK expertise, financing and private sector support.
Tuesday’s meetings have been exploring new strategies and opportunities to enhance trade and investment between the two countries in several areas including agro-processing, extractives, garments/textiles, pharmaceuticals, financial sector,
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Also, among others, UKGBC is tasked to explore technical assistance on standards and customs facilitation and work to identify and breakdown constraints to greater trade and investment
The government of the UK intends to bring substantial investments to help complete existing projects and undertake new ones such as the Kumasi Central Market phase 2, phase 2 of the Kumasi international airport, the 720 bed capacity maternity block at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Vester, Blues Skies,
On his part, the Vice President,
“We are very happy with the UK government’s positive assessment of the progress so far made in Ghana in the last few years and her resolve to increase investments in Ghana, and we are prepared to partner with you”, Vice President Bawumia observed.
“We will continue to be prudent in the management of our economy, ensure inclusive economic development and provide the right environment for businesses, both local and foreign to thrive,” he indicated.
Officials present at Tuesday’s meetings included Mr Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade, Prof. George Gyan Baffour, Minister of Planning,
Adam Afriyie, UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy,