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Strengthening Danish public-private relations in Ghana paves the road for SDGs

12.04.2018  13:37
Networking between companies and stakeholders is a vital ingredient for a good business environment and sustainable development for Ghana. The second Business Get-Together of the year at the Embassy of Denmark is creating this, and thereby providing a foundation for reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana.

Over 60 participants showed up at the networking event, where discussions on business potentials, developmental capability and current affairs were manifold.
Christoph Lodemann from CISU, the umbrella organisation of smaller Danish NGOs, presented at the meeting the importance of linking private companies to the development efforts, where there is also a huge business potential. New presenters are invited at each get-together to present an important agenda.

“Providing value for the companies present at the get-togethers is key. We are creating dialogue between companies, CSOs and stakeholders, which is vital to ensure development and a healthy business environment in Ghana,” said Søren Robenhagen, commercial attaché at the Embassy of Denmark.

The get-togethers focus on the current framework conditions for companies in Ghana with guest speakers providing perspectives of change.

Last get-together had the Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Ulla Tørnes, and Minister for Taxation, Karsten Lauritzen, among the participants; before that the Attorney General of Ghana has presented on the importance of the work on anti-corruption.

Business networks matter for development
Building bridges between Ghana and Denmark is moving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which both countries are committed to reaching.

“Focus on creating strong trade relations between Denmark and Ghana is an extremely important part of ensuring sustainable development for Ghana. It is a process, which is borne by strengthening relations between companies and public stakeholders,” said Danish Ambassador Tove Degnbol.

A current example of a public private partnership is the Margins Group contract to produce the new Ghana Card, where one of the benefits of the identity will be improving effective tax collection for Ghana. The Danida and IFU supported partnership between Margins Group and Ghana is one of the biggest contracts of its kind, and has the potential for increasing revenue for Ghana to further develop its economy.