France Inks Deal to Spur Innovation in Ghana

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In recognition of Ghana’s potential in new technologies and support of its start-ups ecosystem, Paris & Co has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with incubator Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) which is a flagship of the Ghanaian ecosystem.

Paris &Co is the economic development and innovation agency of Paris. It prospects and provides support for foreign direct investments (FDIs) and fosters the Parisian innovation ecosystem through the incubation of start-ups, the experiment of new solutions, the organization of events and the cooperation between start-ups and global players.

The MoU with MEST is expected to establish a mutually beneficial relationship to foster the growth of each of the parties’ ecosystem by facilitating the circulation of start-ups and information between Paris and Accra.

“This agreement, which is the first in our bilateral relations, shows the increasing role of France in the digitization of Africa,” said François Pujolas, the Ambassador of France to Ghana.

It will see young entrepreneurs from Ghana invited to France in support of innovation.

The Ghanaian entrepreneurial ecosystem is now in full development. Dynamic, innovative and pragmatic, Ghanaian entrepreneurs are the result of this new technological generation which is evolving in a society in profound change.

Accra, hosting many start-ups and incubators, is a part of these dynamic, innovative cities.

As part of the “France & Ghana 1957-2017: Moving Forward Together” initiative from 1st to 9th June 2017, the French Embassy and its network of partner institutions will organize several digital events in Ghana dubbed “The French Digital June”: a French language hackathon and digital innovation, a two-day forum on “Ghanaian Tech” and the “French digital”.

The events will close with an exhibition at Alliance Française Accra.

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