By Papisdaff Abdulla
Germany is calling for a review of aspects of Ghana’s investment laws. German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, says the West African country must re-consider its investment laws if it wants to successfully achieve economic and industrial transformation.
The Minister, in an addresses to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation’s Forum in Berlin Germany, called on President Akufo Addo and his government to take a second look at the investment laws of Ghana if the new wave of German-Ghanaian Economic Relations is to see the full benefits of the business potential it presents.
Zypries, added that her years of observing the Ghanaian economy informs her that for Ghana to attract the next level of investments, there is the need for some unfriendly investment laws to be reviewed. She has headed the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy since 27 January 2017 and served as Federal Minister of Justice from 2002 to 2009.
President Akufo-Addo in his address to the German-Ghana Business Forum noted the suggestion by the Minister for a review of his country’s investment laws.
The lawful processes the Ghanaian President assured, will be initiated for purposes of considering the investment laws of the country.
He also told the gathering that his Government has taken specific measures which will lead the country and its economy into the new digital age.
These include the introduction of an e-business registration system, a paperless port clearance system, a digital addressing system, a mobile interoperability system, and a national identification card system, all of which are designed to formalise the Ghanaian economy, reduce the cost of doing business, and facilitate interaction between businesses and their clients, particularly in a technology-driven era, where connectivity through digital services is an important element in achieving competitiveness.
“I am, thus, notifying the German Business community, to take advantage of the growing business-friendly climate in the country to invest in Ghana,” he said.
The President continued, “Our flagship policies of ‘One District, One Factory’, ‘One Village, One Dam’, and the ‘Programme for Planting for Food and Jobs’ map out areas of opportunity, which I commend to you, as I do areas in the development of renewable energy and ICT growth. We are particularly keen to receive German investment in the area of renewable energy, for reasons that are self-evident.”
Addressing the challenge of the country’s infrastructural deficit, he told the gathering that his government is embarking on an aggressive public private partnership programme to attract investment in the development of both the country’s road and railway infrastructure.
“We are hopeful that, with solid private sector participation, we can develop a modern railway network with strong production center linkages and with the potential to connect us to our neighbors to the north, i.e. Burkina Faso, to the west, i.e. Cote d’Ivoire, and to the east, i.e. Togo. We believe that this is an area where German and European technology and expertise would be very welcomed,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo was confident that Ghana is on the cusp of a new, bold beginning, which will repudiate the recent culture of failure.
“We are determined to lift our country out of the doldrums. We want to use all the blessings that the Almighty has bestowed on us to bring progress and prosperity to our people, in our time. The Black Star is poised to shine and shine again, for, truly, the project is Ghana Beyond Aid,” he added.