US-Africa Business Centre ranks Ghana as high investor destination

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Investor confidence in Ghana continues to grow with the US-Africa Business Centre being the latest to rank the country as the one of the safest countries with the convenience of doing business.

The US-based organization, in its maiden Investor Confidence Indicator for Africa (ICIFA), scored Ghana 59.4% in overall performance, placing Ghana among the first four countries that US investors, in particular, consider safe to place their investments.

According to the US-Africa Business Centre, the report which will be released annually is expected to help inform investors and leave them with the choice of the best and the safest investment destinations in Africa.

It is also expected to highlight whether or not the investor can influence policy making positively to help expand their business which will guarantee them continues to stay in such countries, Charles Benoni Okine of the daily graphic reported from Washington, US.

The ease of doing business report released by the ICIFA determined a nation’s score on 12 international evaluations which created the composite score, which included the following areas: good governance grounded in the rule of law, press freedom, development, security and human development.

In an address at the launch of the report, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, urged US companies to take advantage of the opportunities Ghana had to offer to investors.

He further assured investors of government’s commitment towards improving the ease of doing business in Ghana, adding, “Our goal is to make Ghana the best place to do business on the continent and in that light, we have taken bold regulatory reforms to improve the ease of doing business.”

Report objective

“The Investor Confidence Indicator for Africa can be a useful tool for government and industry leaders alike as they make policy and investment decisions that drive economic growth across the continent and here in the United States,” the president of the US-Africa Business Centre, Scott Eisner, said, adding, “The factors that foster good government and a strong society are the same that create a positive investment climate for businesses.”

Scoring criteria

The ICIFA assigns an overall score to each nation based on its performance in 12 bellwether international evaluations on essentialities for promoting security, development and good governance rooted in the rule of law the cornerstones of a strong society and vibrant business environment.

Based on that aggregate score, the indicator assigns colour codes reflecting each country’s position relative to one another dark green reflects those countries that place in the top quartile of overall performers in Africa; light green those in the second quartile; yellow those in the third quartile and red those in the fourth quartile.

In a related development, the US-Africa Business Centre also released its policy recommendations for the Trump administration on how to advance the US-Africa trade relationship.

The recommendations include enhancing US-Africa bilateral and regional engagements; improving the ease of doing business for US companies; focusing on infrastructure; boosting Africa’s digital transformation; adding value to Africa’s agricultural sector and advancing trade facilitation and customs modernisation.

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