This year’s edition of the ‘World Meets In Ghana’ forum, which was successfully organized in Ghana in 2019, has been postponed to August 2022 – the organizers have announced.
The initiators of the E ON 3 Group attributed the postponement to the COVID pandemic. The Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City has announced that it will host the 2022 edition.
Under the motto “Exploring Ghana as a gateway to Africa”, the 2022 event, like the first edition, aims to address the country’s key sectors, including energy, agribusiness, oil and gas exploration, mining and quarrying, banking and finance, aviation and manufacturing . Other sectors include information (media and IT), real estate development, business process outsourcing, educational services, import / export wholesale and retail, and project finance.
Participants are invited to interact with one another and discuss policies and programs and positive ideas that create vibrant business opportunities and help create wealth and improve the livelihood of people in all communities in Ghana.
The group has also announced that it will tour around 15 countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, China, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, to raise awareness among businesspeople about the 2022 event.
Richard Adjei Mensah Ofori-Atta, Executive Director of E ON 3 Group, said the World Meets In Ghana Investors Forum and Executive Dinner Ball are an international event, hence the world tour.
According to him, it was appropriate and important for the group to create awareness of the launch of the second edition programs around the world, to replicate the successes achieved during the maiden event in Kumasi.
He also said that prior to the world tour, his group would contact all relevant ministries, departments, agencies, MDAs as well as industry players and identify their investment opportunities in order to connect them with the right investors.
Richard Ofori-Atta mentioned a 20 year vision of the World Meets Investors forum to be launched during the 2022 event. The concept starts from 2022 to 2042 and aims to spread business opportunities across the African continent.
According to him, the organizers of the event have also decided to change the host of the elite among African countries in order to realize the group’s vision of spreading prosperity across the continent through business forums. He stated that the next African country to host the 2024 edition of the forum will be announced during the 2022 event in Accra following an open and transparent draw to select the next host country.
Dr. Francis Ashong-Katai, the E ON 3 Group’s project coordinator, said Ghana had several benefits after the first edition.
He praised Ghana as a stable country with high democratic qualifications that is able to attract investors worldwide. In addition, the location of the headquarters of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) in Accra gives Ghana’s references additional impetus.
He noted that the E ON 3 group had strategic programs to make Ghana the gateway to Africa in business and investment, and stressed that his group’s positive plans for the country were on the right track.
In his speech during the first edition in 2019, Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, praised the E ON 3 Group for its vision of organizing the forum and stressed that in organizations such as the World Meets Forum the agenda of “Ghana Beyond Aid” is certain that his vision will be realized in record time.
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“This forum will present Ghana as an investment destination and gateway to Africa. Therefore, the E ON 3 Group would like to contribute its quota to accelerate national development through business,” he said.
In his brief remarks, Treasury Secretary Ken Ofori-Atta said the forum would be a rare opportunity for the government to receive correct and unbiased feedback on government policies and programs. This is necessary to support the government in realizing its vision of industrialization and the resulting creation of jobs and livelihoods.
For his part, Prof. Tal Edgars, Group Executive Chairman of GBSH Consult, said Ghana is one of the ten most attractive destinations for companies and investments. He named Ghana’s peace in a sub-region of instability as the key to attracting investors to the state.
Edward Effah, the chairman of the Fidelity Bank of Ghana also stated that the forum would definitely open up Ghana to the rest of the world and also attract the investors it needs, thereby improving the economy and creating wealth.
Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Elsie Awadzi, who was very brief in her remarks, highlighted the numerous interventions of her outfit that have helped strengthen the banking sector in the country.
Fidelity Bank, Barclays Bank (now Absa Bank), Access Bank, Bank of Africa, Exim Bank of Ghana, GNPC, GIPC, Ghana Gas Company, Goil, Ghana Free Zones Authority, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ghana, B5 Plus Limited, Omni Diagnostic Ltd and Angel Group of Companies supported the 2019 edition.
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