President Akufo-Addo to host 2021 Presidential Business Summit

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will host and deliver the keynote address at this year’s Presidential Business Summit at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast City in Accra.

The Summit, starting from September 14-15, 2021, is an annual calendar event by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Office of the President and selected Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

A statement from the Ministry of Trade and Industry said the Summit would provide a platform for structured dialogue between government and the private sector on critical areas of interest to the sector.

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The theme of the Summit is ‘Public-Private Dialogue on the Role of the Private Sector in Ghana’s Post-COVID Economic Recovery.’

It said the deliberations with the private sector in the plenary sessions would focus on five cross-cutting thematic areas covering: Fiscal and Non-Fiscal Incentives to Support Production and Private Sector Development; Foreign Exchange Regulation and Currency Stability; Access to Finance and Cost of Capital; Energy Pricing, Availability, Access and Reliability; and Supporting Local Industries through Government Procurement and Local Content Regulation.

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The statement said that would be followed by breakout sessions for a deep dive into seven economic sectors-Agriculture and Agribusiness; Manufacturing; Construction and Mining; Financial Services; Information and Communication Technologies; Tourism and Hospitality; and Transport and Logistics.

It said the Summit deliberations would feed into the government’s Policy Framework for Private Sector development, including but not limited to the Budget Statement and the Economic Policy for the year 2022.

It said the outcome of the Presidential Business Summit would be a Ghana Business Compact, which would detail out specific priority areas of government policy interventions in support of private sector development.

It said speakers would include: Mr. Pierre Frank Laporte, the Country Director for World Bank Group; Mr. Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Senior Presidential Advisor; Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Minister for Trade and Industry; Mr. Ken Ofori Atta, Minister for Finance; Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister for Energy; Mr. Charles Adu-Boahen, Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance and Dr. Ernest Addison, Governor of Bank of Ghana.


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