Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has urged African countries, especially those in the West African sub-region to leverage the use of their resources for growth.
Speaking at the first ever Ghana Nigeria conference christened Ghangeria Rising in Accra, the Vice President called on businesses to challenge each other and increase their competitiveness in the ECOWAS Sub-region.
According to Dr. Bawumia, there is no reason Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea for example cannot cooperate fully to develop an integrated Aluminum industry, using energy from Nigeria to drive processing of bauxite from Guinea and Ghana and to use the alumina to feed Ghana’s aluminum smelter.
The conference brought together key investors, businesses, policy makers and regulators to discuss trade, business and investment opportunities between Ghana and Nigeria.
Under the theme, “Harnessing the Business Opportunities in Ghana and Nigeria to Accelerate Inclusive Economic Growth and Development,” the conference focused on experiences, opportunities and challenges in a range of sectors, including agribusiness, banking and finance, oil, power & gas, and information, communication and technology (ICT) sectors of the two countries.
Specifically, the Ghangeria Rising Conference seeks to promote trade, business and investment opportunities in Ghana and Nigeria; discuss business enablers and explore initiatives that create enabling environments for sustainable trade, business and investment between Ghana and Nigeria as well as present clear and documented business opportunities and proposals in Ghana and Nigeria for investment.