The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG) in partnership with the Labadi Beach Hotel held the CCIFG Gala Night at the Labadi Beach Hotel last week for about 350 guests comprised of eminent personalities including Deputy Chief of Staff Samuel Abu Jinapor as well as the French ambassador to Ghana Francois Pujolas. The event also hosted the maiden CCIFG Awards.
President of the CCIFG Mr Patrick Prado, addressing guests recounted events of 2017 which revolved around strategically repositioning the Chamber as a promotor of the Ghanaian and French markets.
About 40 French companies and other businesses benefited from the chamber’s support to enable them better understand and penetrate the local market.
Mr Prado also highlighted the impact of the Ghana Days Tour which was launched in 2017 and saw the Managing Director of the French Chamber visiting various regions in France and Lebanon to speak more on the Ghanaian market.
Hon Samuel Abu Jinapor addressing guests gave a focus on the collaboration of both Republics and the importance on advancing on the bilateral relationship to the President of the Republic of Ghana. With Ghana surrounded by Francophone countries Togo, Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso, there is a need for the promotion of the French language, an initiative which is equally being pushed by the President of Ghana. To this effect, the government is promoting bilingual education and testing it with 5 schools in the country.
Mr Pujolas in his speech expressed his delight on the growth of the bilateral relationship between France and Ghana and its positive direction. The realisation of increasing activities between France and Ghana as well as France’s commitment to not only sustain this relationship but also support the growing activities between France and Ghana which was reinforced by the visit of the President of France, H.E. Emmanuel Macron to Ghana. The visit is a step towards the modernisation of France’s relations with Ghana by emphasising business links, education and sport.
The maiden edition of the CCI France Ghana Awards was also held at the Gala Night. Six companies – Jade E. Services Ltd; Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd; GHL Bank Ltd; Meridian Port Services and AirtelTigo for their contribution to various aspects of Ghanaian life.