Ghana, Indian businesses urged to partner to take advantage of AfCFTA

The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Sugandh Rajaram, has urged Indi­an businesses to partner Ghanaian businesses to leverage on the African Continen­tal Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in order to grow their business to reach a wider market.

According to him, some busi­nesses were exploring partnerships with Ghanaian businesses to lever­age the AfCFTA, however more considerations needed to be done.

Mr Rajaram stated this in an interview with the Ghanaian Times ahead of India’s Republic day cele­brations today.

“India and Ghana’s econom­ic relations were resilient, post COVID-19 we’ve been able to increase our trade since India was the largest investment partner of Ghana and this shows how the Indian businesses are contributing positively and significantly towards national development in Ghana,” he explained.

He noted that Ghana’s economic challenges were not peculiar to only Ghana but was a global issue being experienced by every country however the measures in address­ing the challenges were unique to each country.

Mr Rajaram expressed confi­dence in Ghana’s government ability to overcome the current economic challenge whilst profess­ing Indians’ support in handling all aspects of the economy.

On Ghana and India’s rela­tionship, the High Commission­er noted that Ghana and India had conducted and continues to conduct trades that were mutually beneficial toward the economic growth of both countries.

He said that India was com­mitted to the human capacity building of Ghanaians hence the importance of the Indian govern­ment’s decision to provide various forms of scholarships each year to Ghanaian citizens to further their education in India.

Mr Rajaram commended the In­dian community or their contribu­tions towards human and national development of Ghana as it would further strengthen the existing bilateral relation.

On India’s G20 presidency he said India would leverage on the opportunity to promote global peace hence India’s decision to adopt the theme “One world, one family, one future.”

He wished all Indians a happy republic day.

On the activities for the cele­brations, the High Commission­er stated that there would be a national flag hoisting ceremony at the India House in the morning followed by a cultural programme event with some Indian musicians and an award ceremony to honour the contributions of members of the Indian community in Ghana.

Also, the celebrations would be concluded in the evening with a state function which would have several local and international gov­ernment officials in attendance.


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