National flags of Germany and Ghana on the occasion of the German-Ghanaian Business Forum

At the German-Ghanaian Business Forum, Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries met with the President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the Deputy Chief Executive of the DIHK, Dr Volker Treier, and the German Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Christoph Retzlaff (from left to right).

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Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, is opening the German-Ghanaian Business Forum together with Ghana's President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin today.

Minister Zypries said: "Ghana and Germany are important trading partners, and we wish to further expand our economic relations. The German-Ghanaian Business Forum can make an important contribution to this. Ghana's recent economic development has been very impressive. In 2018, growth is expected to total around 9%. I am glad to see that the new Ghanaian government is going for a policy of diversification in its Industrial Transformational Agenda, aiming to strengthen the private sector and to increase the amount of value added in the country. This is exactly what we are also aiming at with our Pro! Africa initiative, which I launched last year."

The Pro! Africa initiative of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports the economic development of Africa, aiming in particular to strengthen sustainable growth, more intensive cooperation and greater involvement of the private sector. The focus is on new technologies, innovation and digitisation – tailored to local needs and different regions. To this end, Germany’s tried and tested instruments to promote foreign trade and investment will be boosted for Africa, our political cooperation will be deepened, and successful funding programmes will also be oriented to Africa.

Ghana is one of the most important trading partners of Germany in Africa with a trade volume of around €584 million. In December 2017, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Federal Minister Brigitte Zypries visited Ghana together with a high-ranking business delegation.

Further information on the Ghanaian economy can be found here (in German).