Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen has proposed the formation of a Ghana-German Business Council to help bring together key government actors from the two countries to support and deal with challenges that arise in the course of dealings between the two countries.

According to the Minister, the Council will help insulate the bilateral relations from the normal and sometimes unwarranted bureaucratic bottlenecks that slow down the pace of development.

Mr. Kyerematen threw the invitation when the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development director for sub-Saharan Africa, Stefan Oswald led a nine-member delegation that included the German Ambassador to Ghana, Christoph Retzlaff to pay a courtesy call on him.

Mr. Kyerematen recalled the long standing bond of co-operation between Ghana and Germany and noted that the best time to celebrate and consummate that friendship is now as Ghana looks for strategic partners to make it self-reliant.

He stressed on the critical role of using industrialisation to create jobs and wealth, hence Ghana’s Industrial Transformation Agenda which includes the One District One Factory (1D1F), building of strategic anchor industries, one region one park, among others.

Mr. Kyerematen indicated that the initiatives have begun to bear fruits; especially with German counterparts such as BlackIvy and Volkswagen have welcome the initiative and have come on board the industrial parks and strategic anchor initiatives respectively.

On his part, Mr. Stefan Oswald was full of praise for the initiatives of government, noting that Foreign Direct Investments will only increase if the local economy is booming. He revealed that Germany would soon be launching new initiative using science, industry and commerce as a catalyst for job creation.

He was happy that the initiative fell in line with government’s current agenda and therefore offers room for collaboration.

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