Full name: The Republic of Ghana
Capital: Accra Population: 33 mln. Surface: 238 533 km2 Official language: English Other languages: Akan, Ewe, Hausa and others. Currency: Ghanaian cedi (GHS)
Ghana is one of the safest, most stable and most democratic countries of Africa. Its economy, as opposed to many other countries of this region, is based mainly on the services sector. What is important, consumption capacity of the middle class is of great significance. Main products of export are oil, gold and cocoa. As member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with access to the sea, Ghana can serve as an export hub to many countries of this territory. Country’s Industry is tied to the oil sector (e.g. production of basic plastic products). Electricity of Ghana comes mainly from the hydroelectric power stations, however supplies of electricity are still very unstable, thus many investment possibilities exist in sector of renewable energy sources. The main economic goals of the government include development of agriculture, local processing, packaging and energy sector, increase in local production and development of the tourism sector.
Various possibilities lay in the following areas:
agricultural, processing and building machinery
financial services (aimed mainly at the oil and gas sector)
renovation of 1300km of railways
property development (residential, industrial and commercial)
tourism and hospitality
FOUNDATION FOR DEVELOPMENT OF POLISH-AFRICAN COOPERATION
Foundation for Development of Polish-African Cooperation
Currently, many states of the African continent are in the process of significant economic growth that could lead to groundbreaking changes in the position of this part of the world when it comes to international power relations. Unfortunately, not enough is being spoken about this process in Poland and not enough is being done to improve relations with this continent. It is our mission to reverse the concept of a „basketcase” Africa, plagued by poverty and despair. We focus, instead, on promoting and contributing to the continent’s huge potential for development. The economic situation of many African countries nowadays is often compared to Poland’s economic transition in the nineties. Polish entrepreneurs who went through the period of transformation have a lot to offer to partners from this part of the world, not only in commercial terms but also when it comes to sharing their unique experience.
We are conscious that this great potential lies not only in an economic but also in a cultural exchange. We believe that in order for a significant shift in Polish-African relations to occur, there must first be a change in perception of this continent. For this reason our work focuses not only on business activities, but we are also eager to participate in and create projects which aim to positively change the way this part of the world is perceived.
Founder and President of the Board
A graduate of African Studies and Development Studies at the University of London and a photographer. She has studied matters relating to African countries for more than ten years. Her experience stems from continuous cooperation with both non-governmental and business institutions, including the coordination of the Economic Mission of Polish entrepreneurs and members of parliament to Ethiopia. Currently lives in Ghana where she represents Polish companies and supports non-governmental organisations.
Dr Nagmeldin Karamalla-Gaiballa
Chairman of the Committee
Sudanese poet, translator, writer and business analyst. Member of the Advocacy Committee of the African Community in Poland. Obtained his PhD in Political Science and Government from the Institute of Political Science and European Studies, University of Szczecin, Poland. He received his Master degree in Economics (Finance & Banking) in 1995 from Wroclaw University of Economics, Poland. His specialty and interests are in the area of development, resource economics and policy. He has published many papers in the field of political science and regional conflicts in Sudan.
Vice-Chairman of the Committee
Nigerian entrepreneur and activist. His main field of experience includes the export and import of food products. Currently working closely with Nigerian extraction mines, farmers, food processing plants and furniture importers facilitating trade exchange between Nigeria and European Union countries. He’s also the founder of the Functional Youth Alliance – an organization that aims to get troubled youths involved in social work.
Member of the Committee
Art historian, museum exhibit designer and curator of Castle Cultural Centre in Poznań. Engaged inter alia in cooperation with the exhibition „We are all migrants” at the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń and with the organisation of the EthnoPort Festival in Poznań.
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