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President John Dramani Mahama yesterday held a closed-door meeting with MEDEF, a conglomeration of 60 business companies in France, to map up collaborations that will enhance the better Ghana development agenda.

While some of the companies are already partnering Ghana in the areas of oil and gas, energy and industry, others have expressed their interest in taking advantage of the stability in Ghana to invest.

Briefing journalists after the closed-door meeting, Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry, said President Mahama discussed with some of the companies the possibility to partner Ghana to expand the Tema Motorway to accommodate the growing vehicular movement on the road.

He said as Ghana was positioning herself adequately to maintain her status as the gateway to Africa, a lot of bilateral discussions also centred on energy, industry and trade that would subsequently create job avenues that would make the country and her neighbours economically and politically comfortable.

Mr Haruna gave the assurance that the meetings would yield dividends by the next eight months and called on the Ghanaian business community to take advantage of the collaboration to grow their industries and seek technical support that would make them self-sufficient in future.

“As soon as we return to Ghana, most of the French companies will follow up to finalise the talks and I can assure you that in the next eight months, Ghanaians will see the difference and significance of our visit,” the minister added.

Mr Patrick Lucas, President of the African Committee of MEDEF International, told journalists that they visited Ghana over a week ago and had decided to do a lot of business in the West African country on the account of the congenial atmosphere for business.

He mentioned stability, good governance and democracy as some of the indicators that encouraged them to do business with the Ghanaian community.

“We are also happy that the President of Ghana himself has decided to meet us on his visit to our country,” he said.

The MEDEF President said some members had already started businesses in Ghana and indicated that their meeting would leverage their determination to invest massively in the country in the coming years.

Mr Felix Owusu Quakyi, a deputy minister of Information and Media Relations, said a lot of the companies had also expressed interest in partnering Ghana and private companies in agri-business, and urged the Ghanaian private sector to take advantage of the opportunity to build their capacities and expand their businesses.
Source: George-Ramsey Benamba,Paris, France

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