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U.S.-Ghana Business Forum

8
September
Wednesday
9:30AM ET
11:00AM
1 day
8
September
Wednesday
9:30AM ET
11:00AM
1 day

Location

StreamYard- Virtual Platform
1615 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20062

The 2021 US-Ghana Business Forum is an annual flagship, high-level meeting between U.S, Ghanaian Government Officials, and Businesses aimed at deepening diplomatic and commercial partnerships between Ghana and the United States.  

Rationale: The 2021 U.S.-Ghana Business Forum is premised on the theme: Promoting U.S.-Ghana Partnership through Trade and Investment and comes on the back of Ghana’s hosting of the Africa Continent Free Trade Area Secretariat and also after several months of trading through the AfCFTA. The AfCFTA is the world’s largest free trade area in terms of number of countries encompassing 1.2 billion people and about US$2.5 trillion. The AfCFTA presents a window for African countries and their trading partners to take advantage of the many trade and investment opportunities created. Trading partners who had hitherto focused on bilateral trade relations, now have the opportunity to reach larger African markets through the AfCFTA.  

Objectives: The 2021 Forum aims to strengthen trade and investment, promote business partnerships, and opportunities between U.S. and Ghanaian Companies in key sectors including: Technology and digitization, Energy and Mining, Infrastructure, Manufacturing, Services and Franchising. The forum will also review trading under the AfCFTA and assess how U.S. and Ghanaian companies can take advantage of this opportunity. 

Format: the forum will be virtual to be held over two days. The forum will have several sessions including plenary with high-level government officials as speakers; panel discussions on sectors involving experts and senior U.S. and Ghanaian Officials and leaders from the business community. It will serve as a platform to explore new business opportunities and address regulatory challenges affecting trade and investment. 

Conclusion: At the end of the conference, it is expected that U.S.-Ghana commercial partnership will be strengthened, focused on improving the investment climate in Ghana and the African continent. Participants will be brought up-to-date on the latest trends on trade and investment on the continent and will have the opportunity to network, share their experiences and identify specific investment opportunities for future transactions. 

Agenda

Agenda: U.S.-Ghana Business Forum

Day One- September 8 

Time 

Activity

9:20 -9:30 am EDT 

Online Registration and Connecting to Virtual Platform 

9:30-9:55 am 

Opening Session 

  • Welcome Remarks by Scott Eisner, President of USAfBC, US Chamber of Commerce 
  • Welcome Remarks by Ayesha Bedewi, President of AmCham Ghana 
  • Welcome Remarks by the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Stephanie Sullivan
  • Keynote Remarks by Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa, Bennett Harman
  • Keynote Remarks by H.E. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry for Ghana

9:55 -10:00 am 

Sponsor’s video/adverts 

10:00-10:25 am 

US-Africa Business Relations in the Context of AfCFTA 

Prudence Sebahizi, Senior Technical Advisor on AfCFTA, AfCFTA Secretariat

10:25-10:30 am 

Sponsor’s video/adverts 

10:30-10:55am 

Panel Discussion 2-Boosting Intra-Africa Trade and Investments Through Digitization and E-Commerce

Moderator: Dr. Guevera Yao – U.S Chamber of Commerce 

Panelists

  • Bossman Kwapong, Country Manager, MasterCard  
  • Jessica Poku, Country Manager, Uber  
  • Adoma Peprah, Country Manager, Visa  

10:55- 11:00 am 

Day 1 Concluding Remarks  

Pakwo Shum, Vice President, American Chamber of Commerce-Ghana