2014 Report To Chart Infrastructure Development As Ghana Targets Sustainable Growth

Aicha Larbi Daho Bachir, OBG Country Director

Aicha Larbi Daho Bachir, OBG Country Director

Ghana, May 2014: The global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) has appointed a new team to lead its fourth year of operations in Ghana.

Aicha Larbi Daho Bachir takes up the post of Country Director, while Eduard Faith joins her as OBG’s
Editorial Manager. Together, they will oversee the production of The Report: Ghana 2014, the Group’s
forthcoming investment guide to the country.

Both Bachir and Faith have made a significant contribution to OBG’s coverage of emerging markets
across Africa and the Gulf. Bachir moves across to Ghana from her native Algeria, where she was
instrumental in extending OBG’s reach across the MENA region. She has also worked extensively on
projects in Libya.

Faith comes to Ghana from Nigeria where he compiled the editorial content for OBG’s recent guide to
the Kingdom’s economy. Previously, Faith helped to produce last year’s landmark publication on
Nigeria’s investment opportunities while Bachir was on the team who produced The Report: Nigeria

OBG’s Regional Editor, Robert Tashima, welcomed the team on board, adding that their experience of
directing projects on emerging economies across the region would prove useful in their new roles.

“Ghana is facing a tricky balancing act in terms of managing its public sector balance sheet, which has constrained policy flexibility over the near term,” he said. “However, the country’s long-term traits, including favourable demographics, resource wealth, competitive infrastructure, and a strong labour pool, offer an attractive set of fundamentals for direct investors. If Ghana can encourage capital into more non-commodity sectors, to better limit exposure to international volatility, it will be well-placed to sustain its high headline growth over the long-term. With their combined breadth of experience in some of Africa’s other frontier markets, I’m confident our new team will provide an insightful look into the rapidly-evolving dynamics of Ghana’s economy.’’

Bachir agreed that Ghana’s strong underlying growth fundamentals should provide solid foundations for long-term growth. “Ghana is also playing a key role on the regional stage which we will be exploring,” she said. “I am thrilled to be here at this exciting juncture in Ghana’s development and look forward to meeting the people who are playing a part in shaping the country’s future.”

Faith added that the Group’s research would look in detail at changes to domestic policy which were
aimed at ensuring future growth is sustainable. “We will also chart the progress of important infrastructure projects which are of key interest to investors, including the Western Corridor Gas
Infrastructure system, scheduled for completion this year,” he said.

The Report: Ghana 2014 will mark the culmination of over six months of on-the-ground research by
OBG’s team. It will provide information on opportunities for foreign direct investment into the nation’s
economy and act as a guide to the country’s many facets, including its macroeconomics, infrastructure, banking and sectoral developments. The Report: Ghana 2014 will be available in print form or online.

About Oxford Business Group

Oxford Business Group (OBG) is a global publishing, research and consultancy firm, which publishes

economic intelligence on the markets of the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America Through its

range of print and online products, OBG offers comprehensive and accurate analysis of macroeconomic and sectoral developments, including banking, capital markets, insurance, energy, transport, industry and telecoms. The Report: Ghana 2014 is produced in partnership with the Ghana Investment Promotion Center, IC Securities and Deloitte Ghana.

The critically acclaimed economic and business reports have become the leading source of business

intelligence on developing countries in the regions they cover. OBG’s online economic briefings provide up-to-date in-depth analysis on the issues that matter for tens of thousands of subscribers worldwide.

OBG’s consultancy arm offers tailor-made market intelligence and advice to firms currently operating in these markets and those looking to enter them.

For more information please contact:
Oxford Business Group, 131-151 Gt Titchfield St, London, UK W1W 5BB

Stephanie Parker, Director of Communications
Phone: +44 207 403 7213
E-mail: [email protected]

Aicha Larbi Daho Bachir, OBG Country Director
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