HER EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR GINA BLAY MAKES AN OFFICIAL TRIP TO HAMBURG
On 24th September, 2018, Amb. Gina Blay embarked on an
official trip to the city of Hamburg. As part of the visit, Amb Blay
held meetings with the Second Mayor of the City of Hamburg, Ms.
Katharina Fegebank, the President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce,
Mr. Tobias Bergmann, the Honorary Consul, Mr. Stephen Bührich, as well
as some leading members of the German Business community in Hamburg.
Meeting with Second Mayor
Amb. Gina Blay held a meeting with the Second Mayor of the City of
Hamburg, Ms. Katharina Fegebank, at the Hamburg Rathaus (Town Hall)
where the flag of Ghana was displayed at the Town Hall in a unique
In her initial remarks, Amb. Gina Blay
acknowledged that the frequent exchange of high-level visits, indicated
the strong bonds of friendship that existed between the two countries.
She expressed the appreciation of Ghana for the visits of President
Frank Walter-Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel in December 2017
and August 2018, respectively.
In ensuing discussions, the
Ambassador apprised the Second Mayor of a four-pillar methodology of
the government aimed at creating opportunities for the youth; that is
the One-District One-Factory Policy, Planting for Food and Jobs Policy,
Free Senior High School Education Policy and the Nation Builders Corps
Programme (NABCO). The Second Mayor lauded Ghana for embarking on the
said policies and she looked forward to cooperating with Ghana at
various fronts. The meeting ended with a presentation of a book gift
from the Second Mayor to Amb. Blay.
Amb. Gina Blay with Second with Mayor Second Mayor of the City of Hamburg, Ms. Katharina Fegebank
Meeting with the President of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tobias Bergmann
Amb. Gina Blay held a meeting with the President of the Hamburg Chamber
of Commerce, Mr. Bergmann to explore opportunities to deepen ties
between Ghana and Hamburg. She highlighted Ghana’s ideal business
environment, pointing to the peace and stability of the country, the
effective legal regime and regulatory frameworks to protect foreign
investments and the buoying economic growth. She mentioned that Takoradi
was a port city just like Hamburg, with a thriving timber and cocoa
industry. On her part, a strong relationship between the two cities will
inure to the benefit of both countries.
Bergmann welcomed the idea of exploring business opportunities between
Ghana and Hamburg. He stated that his Chamber was very much aware of the
strategic place of Africa in future global trade and investment, and
Ghana was placed on the top of the agenda.
The President of the
Chamber of Commerce also praised Ghana for its democratic credentials
in the region, good governance, education policy and our determination
to build a resilient economy. He stated that the Hamburg Chamber of
Commerce had established a partnership with the Takoradi Chamber of
Commerce and he was optimistic that the relationship would be
strengthened even further.
Amb. Gina Blay with President of the Chamber of Commerce Mr. Bergmann (left) and Hon. Consul of Ghana, Hamburg, Mr. Stephen Bührich (right)
The Ambassador acknowledged that there was donor fatigue, thus
countries like Ghana had resolved to develop our country beyond aid and
handouts but rather encourage investment in the industrialization sector
of the economy for mutual benefits. She cited the One-District
One-Factory project of the GoG as an area worth exploring. She
encouraged German companies situated in Hamburg to establish companies
in any of the 275 districts, because the country was rich in raw
materials and possessed the needed labour to man those factories.
Amb. Blay further stressed that establishing a company in Ghana would
be a strategic move as the country was viewed as the gateway to the
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), thus any business
established in Ghana had the potential to expand to the sub-region which
is made up of 350 million citizens. The Ambassador also touched on the
fact that the economy of Ghana was a fast-growing digital one, adding
that the advancements in digital financial technology was a great
incentive to trade and investment in the country.
Following the meeting with the Chamber of Commerce, the Ambassador also
met some leading members of the Hamburg Business Community comprising
of companies in the following lines of business: brewery,
pharmaceuticals, testing and certification at Ports and Habours, timber
and agricultural equipment. The meeting sought to explore ways the
business delegation could trade and invest in Ghana.
the visit of Amb. Gina Blay to the city of Hamburg was successful and
fruitful. Not only did the visit enable her to meet and interact with
state and local authorities, it also created the opportunity for her to
promote Ghana as a viable destination for business and to discuss areas
of possible cooperation and investment.
Staff of the Embassy
who accompanied the Ambassador on the trip included the Head of
Chancery, Mr. Louis Obeng and Ms. Miriam Aba Arhin, First Secretary,
Political and Diaspora Affairs.
Embassy of Ghana, Berlin