Accra, Aug. 26, GNA – The United Kingdom-Ghana
Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) would be launched on September 1, by the British
High Commissioner, Mr Jon Benjamin.
A statement issued by the British High
Commission and copied to the Ghana News Agency said the role of the Chamber is
to promote, foster, and represent UK business interests in Ghana – directly
helping UK companies identify market opportunities and providing them with a
first point of call when looking to do business/trade in Ghana.
It said the UKGCC would also support Ghanaian
companies looking to export into the UK or simply looking for British
businesses to partner with.
It said Ghanaian companies looking to invest in
the UK would be able to use the UKGCC’s resources to help achieve their goals.
“Ghana and the UK have a long history of
friendship and trade, and our shared values make us natural partners in the
global market place,” Mr Adam Afriyie Member of Parliament, UK Trade Envoy to
“I know the challenges that business owners
face and I believe that UK and Ghana companies, working together, are well
placed to face the challenges of trading in the 21st century – whether it’s
Ghanaian agro-business exporting value-added products to the UK market or UK
engineering firms helping to build the future power grid in Ghana,” he added.
Mr Afriyie said: “As the UK Prime Minister’s
Trade Envoy to Ghana I am delighted to support the launch of the UK-Ghana
Chamber of Commerce.”
“This new organisation will provide a big
boost to our existing bilateral trade links and ensure that UK-Ghana trade
continues to be successful, innovative, and dynamic.”
Mr Benjamin said: “I am hopeful that the
launch of the Chamber will help increase bilateral trade between our two
“Free and open trade is essential for economic
growth and prosperity, and both Ghana and the UK stand to benefit immensely
from increased bilateral trade. I would encourage all British companies in
Ghana and Ghanaian companies looking to do business with the UK to join the
Chamber,” he added.
Mr Tony Burkson, Chief Executive Officer of
UKGCC said: “Setting up the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce has been very
fulfilling and yet challenging at times; the team at the UKGCC are very excited
about the services we will be delivering for both British and Ghanaian
“Our goal is being the focal point for all
trade activities between Ghana and the UK and to act as a commercial bridge
between the two countries. Our doors are open to any Ghanaian company looking
for ways to export to the UK and also to British companies looking to export to
Ghana,” Mr Burkson stated.