Upcoming: Africa Energy Forum 2017 in Denmark
On 7-9 June 2017, Copenhagen will host the 19th annual Africa Energy Forum (AEF). The AEF is the global investment meeting for Africa's power, energy, infrastructure, and industrial sectors. This year Copenhagen has been chosen as the venue for the event which will focus on the investment potential of Scandinavian countries into Africa.
The Africa Energy Forum has been running for 19 years bringing together senior-level representatives from governments, utilities, regulators, power developers, financial institutions, technology providers, consultants, law firms, and large energy consumers to form partnerships, identify opportunities, and collectively move the industry forward. Please visit the official platform for the event for more information.
Upcoming: Business Get-together in Denmark
The Embassy of Denmark has the pleasure to invite Danish companies with an interest in West Africa to a business get-together on April 20th in Copenhagen. The event will focus on the exciting opportunities offered by the markets in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire and the recent developments in these countries. The Danish Ambassador the Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire, Tove Degnbol, will attend and give an opening speech before FC Nordsjælland and the Right to Dream football academy will present their activities in Ghana.
Sounds interesting? Please contact Mathias Knudsen at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and registration.
Upcoming: Conference on Coastal and Maritime Surveillance
The International Quality & Productivity Centre is organizing a conference and defence exhibition on March 27-29 in Accra focusing on achieving greater maritime security through enhanced situational awareness and information sharing. The list of participants includes prominent names such as H.E. Mr. Bawumia, Vice President to Ghana, and Mr. Nitiwul, Minister of Defence to Ghana, among others. The full programme can be found here.
An evening of business risks and energy efficiency
Each month the ambassador and the Trade Council at The Danish Embassy in Ghana host a business get-together to help strengthening the bonds between Danish and Ghanaian businesses. The business get-together in February was no exception.
The second business get-together at the Danish Embassy of 2017 was well attended, with approximately 60 people gathered to network and listen to the speakers of the evening.
Attorney Kimathi Kuenyehia, from Sr. KIMATHI & PARTNERS, entertained the audience with a scenic description of the differences between Ghanaian and Danish companies.
“Jacob Kahl Jepsen actually called me two hours ago to check up on me. He wanted to know if I was aware that 5.30 pm actually meant 5.30 pm today,” Kimathi said with the audience laughing.
“Yes, you laugh. But Jacob was right to call and check up on me. He did this because he is aware of our cultural differences, which is key to doing good business together,” he further explained.
Besides Kimathi’s theme on managing business risk in Ghana, Jørgen K. Nielsen from NEG (Nordic Energy Group) did a very interesting presentation on Energy Efficiency that had people listening closely and engaging in discussions afterwards.
Nicolas Gebara from COWI updated the attendants on The European Business Organisation, and from the Embassy Nicolas Bastholm Roy-Bonde introduced a new initiative focusing on anti-corruption.
The group will help the Embassy map trends and not focus on individual cases. The anti-corruption group will meet quarterly to feed into the embassy’s interaction with government.
The next business get together will be hosted on the 27th of April 2017.
40.000 Danish water meters to Ghana
The Danish company Kamstrup has just signed an agreement with Ghana's national water supply to deliver 40,000 intelligent water meters. It is the first and largest project in the field of intelligent water metering in Ghana.
The Trade Council at The Embassy of Denmark in Ghana has been a great support during the trade with Ghana Water.
"It is always important to know the market and culture. Therefore, we depend on good partners that help us to understand cultural differences and also help us to get access to the market," says Senior Vice President of Kamstrup Per Trøjbo.
You can read more about the project (in Danish) here
Launch of DESMI in Ghana
On Tuesday the 24th of January, The Ambassador of Denmark to Ghana and the Trade Council hosted a business reception for the Danish Pump Company DESMI (www.desmi.com). This was done as part of a long-lasting cooperation with the company in order to introduce their products to the Ghanaian market. More than 35 different stakeholders where present including potential partners and people from the Danish business community for networking and sharing of business opportunities. A number of different medias were also present to cover the event.
The agenda for the evening included welcoming remarks and introduction to the company by the Ambassador Mrs. Tove Degnbol, followed by an introduction to DESMI Africa by CEO, Henrik Knudsen and General Manager, Leslie Peter Andrews.
The successful event was kindly sponsored by DESMI Africa. With assistance from the Embassy of Denmark, DESMI Africa is currently seeking to scale up operations in Ghana with special focus on supply of pumps to the agribusiness and the oil and gas industry.
The local partners for DESMI Africa in Ghana are Flat C www.flatcmarineoffshore.com
and Seaweld Engineering ltd. www.seaweldghan.com
Upcoming: Nordic/Indian Country Days - Energy & ICT Opportunities in West Africa (Dates postponed until May 2017 for now)
Business Get-together 24th of November
On Thursday the 24th of November the ambassador and the Trade Council from the Embassy hosted the seventh and the last Business Get-together event in 2016 for Danish business associates in Ghana. The get-together is a recurring event facilitating networking and knowledge sharing between representatives from Danish companies and affiliates in Ghana.
Besides from networking, the program for the evening included updates by the ambassador, Mrs. Tove Degnbol and presentation of the new European Business Organization (EBO) respresentative, Mr. Nicolas Gebara, updates from the Trade Council by Head of Trade, Mr. Jacob Kahl Jepsen, and a presentation of the activities of Grundfos in Ghana by deputy general manager, Mr. Sunny Ogunseye and area sales manager, Mr. Selasi Kpodo. Furthermore, a presentation with reflections on the upcoming election was held by the founding director of IMANI, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe.
This time the business get-together was attended by more than 45 stakeholders. The event was kindly sponsored by Groundfos (www.grundfos.com).
The next business Get-together will be hosted in February 2017.
Business Get-together 18th of October
On Tuesday the 18th of October the ambassador and the Trade Council from the Embassy hosted the sixth Business Get-together event in 2016 for Danish business associates in Ghana. The get-together is a recurring event facilitating networking and knowledge sharing between representatives from Danish companies and affiliates in Ghana.
Besides from networking, the program for the evening included updates by the ambassador, Mrs. Tove Degnbol, a short update of the economic situation of Ghana by the embassy’s macroeconomist, Mrs. Angela Farhat, a presentation of the activities of Nokia in Ghana by export director, Mr. Jan Plenge, and a presentation by Mr. Dick van Nieuwenhuyzen, Country Manager for KLM in Ghana on airline business and the activities of KLM and Airfrance.
This time the business get-together was attended by more than 40 stakeholders. The event was kindly sponsored by Nokia (www.nokia.com).
The next business Get-together will be hosted the 24th of November 2016.
On Monday 10th of October, BlueTown www.bluetown.com represented by Mr. Ole De Leeneer, country manager in cooperation with the Trade Council, hosted a successful half day seminar on rural connectivity and service delivery in Ghana.
Among the invited organizations were Jhpiego, National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Local Government Service Secretariat, and representatives from Berekum & Bogoso District Assembly.
Talent, football and SDG's
On the 30th of September 2016, the Embassy of Denmark represented by Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Peter Eilschow Olesen, participated in the Right to Dream Youth Leadership Summit together with more than 50 professionals from various organizations.
The Right to Dream Academy is a purpose-built, fully-residential football academy located on the banks of the River Volta in the Eastern Region of Ghana, providing scholarship opportunities to young talents from West Africa. The Academy programme focuses on the development of student athletes through football, education and character development, enabling them to access Right to Dream’s graduate academic or professional football pathways. The Right to Dream organization last year purchased the Danish football club FC Nordsjælland, who has become a key part of the development of young football talents from the West African region before and after they graduate at 18 years old.
The program included a student lead tour of the academy, student presentations on the Right to Dream ideas and concepts, Q&A and interviews with the students, and a debate on the theme “How to develop talent within West Africa”. The day ended with all participants watching a training match between two of the academy’s teams including also a couple of visiting youth U15 players from the FCN talent school in Denmark.
The Deputy Head of Mission also presented a small gift to the Right to Dream Academy’s girls division. The gift was a football from the Danish company EIR, specially designed for girls as it is smaller and lighter in order to give players the best chances of succeeding meanwhile lowering risks of injuries. Since the football was marked with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals it was also an opportunity to encourage the integration of these goals – not least Goal 5 on Gender Equality - in the important educational and character forming work of the Rights to Dream Academy.
Danish Business Event and the launch of Desmi in Côte d'Ivoire
On Thursday the 29th of September, The Ambassador of Denmark to Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire hosted together with the Danish Pump Company DESMI (www.desmi.com) the first "Business get together" in Abidjan for the evolving Danish business community in the country.
More than 35 companies, government representatives and private and public organizations were gathered at the Novotel Plateau hotel for networking and sharing of business opportunities. The agenda for the evening included welcoming remarks and introduction to the engagement of the embassy of Denmark in the country by the Ambassador Mrs Tove Degnbol , followed by an introduction to DESMI Africa by Leslie Peter Andrews, General Manager. The evening ended with a short introduction to EUROCHAM (www.eurochamci.com) and reflection on the business environment in Côte d'Ivoire by Oddveig Aarhus. The message from the business people gathered was very clear and confirmed the positive business environment and the many opportunities for Danish and Scandinavian companies. Besides DESMI Africa the companies Bluetown and Nokia Operations DK also took part in the event.
The successful event was kindly sponsored by DESMI Africa. With assistance from the Embassy of Denmark DESMI Africa is currently seeking to scale up operations in the country with special focus on supply of pumps to the agribusiness industry.
The Embassy plan to organize more events in the near future in Côte d'Ivoire. Please visit our website for the date for the next "business get together" in Abidjan.
Business Get-together 8th of September
On Thursday the 8th of September the Trade Council from the Embassy hosted the fifth Business Get-together event in 2016 for Danish business associates in Ghana. The Get-together is a recurring event facilitating networking and knowledge sharing between representatives from Danish companies and affiliates in Ghana.
The programme for the evening included updates by the Deputy Head of Mission, Peter Eilschow Olesen and the Trade Council, a short presentation / reflections on the newly signed Economic Partnership Agreement between Ghana and EU by Senior Commercial Officer, Mr. Mickson Opoku, a presentation by Slamson Ghana and Vorning, and the latest updates from the European Business Organization by Jacob Nielsen Kolding.
This time the business get-together was attended by more than 40 stakeholders. The event was kindly sponsored by and Vorning Group (www.vorning.dk) and Slamson Ghana (www.fksslamson.dk).
The next business Get-together will be hosted in October 2016.
Lecture by Henning Larsen Architects
On Tuesday 6th of September, the Ambassador Mrs Tove Degnbol and the Trade Council from the Embassy of Denmark in Ghana hosted a Lecture by Henning Larsen Architects (www.henninglarsen.com) at the Ambassador’s residence for a group Ghanaian architects and architect students. The lecture was on the theme “people, space and daylight – creating communities through a holistic and sustainable mindset”.
The lecture was well attended by 40 delegates from different architectural companies and a number of architect students. Several of the participants had also previously been to Denmark with the Embassy delegation in May to visit various sites including the Henning Larsen Architects office in Copenhagen.
Besides from the lecture the Trade Council also hoped to provide a platform for the Ghanaian stakeholders to network and hopefully coordinate future interventions with Henning Larsen Architects. Henning Larsen Architects was represented by Mr Niels Bo Edeltoft, Senior project Manager.
After visiting Ghana Mr Niels Bo Edeltoft will travel to Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire to explore further business opportunities.
Welcoming Reception for Vorning Maskinfabrik / Slamson Ghana at the Danish Embassy
On Monday the 5th of September, a reception was held at the Embassy of Denmark to welcome the Danish company Vorning Maskinfabrik ApS (www.vorning.dk) / Slamson Ghana and its management to the newly announced incubator office at the Embassy.
Vorning is a renowned international supplier in the mortar, brick and concrete industry. Furthermore, the company also provide special equipment for transport and logistics, and facilities for recycling. Their specialties are within the development, design, production and installation of fully and semi-automatic systems that meet individual customer needs in production and finishing plants.
Vorning supplies and installs facilities worldwide, with its main markets in Europe, but through the office in Accra Vorning will seek the penetration of the West African market.
Slamson Ghana is a local Ghanaian company operating with handling of liquid waste management. Slamson Ghana is working closely together with Vorning.
The incubator facility is an office at the Embassy compound which can be rented by a Danish company. This will enable the company and the Danish Trade Council to work closely together making it a great opportunity for penetrating the local marked and setting up a business in Ghana.
You can find more information on our incubator facilities here.
Business Get-together in Copenhagen
On Monday the 29th of August the Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) in cooperation with Embassy of Denmark in Ghana, hosted a Business Get-together for Danish business associates with interest in West Africa. The Ambassador of Denmark in Ghana, H.E. Mrs. Tove Degnbol, and The Ambassador of Ghana in Denmark, H.E. Mrs. Edith Hazel, and representatives from the Ivorian Embassy in Denmark along with more than 30 companies participated. The Business Get-together is a recurring event facilitating networking and knowledge sharing between representatives from Danish companies and affiliates in Ghana. This was the fourth Business Get-together in 2016, but for the first time it was held in Copenhagen and not in Ghana.
Besides networking the main purpose of the event this time was to share information about IFU’s and the Embassy’s engagement in West Africa as well the political and macroeconomic situation in Ghana and Cote D’Ivoire in specific.
The event was kindly sponsored by IFU.
The next Business Get-together will be hosted on Thursday the 8th of September 2016 in Accra, Ghana.
Water Africa and West Africa Building and Construction 2016
Water Africa & West Africa Building and Construction seminar and exhibition opened on June 22nd June 2016. The event brings together more than 70 international and local companies showcasing their products and services in the water, building and construction sector.
Two Danish companies, HawkeyePedershaab and IBF Ghana are exhibiting their products at the Event. HawkeyePedershaab is a leading provider of innovative solution for concrete pipes, manholes, and other precast products.
Danish concrete producer (pavement) IBF Ghana, also displayed both a mini exhibit at the entrance of the building and stand inside at the exhibition hall. The company has been operating in Ghana since 2013.
The Commercial Team at the Embassy was at the event to support the Danish Companies exhibiting.
The seminar and exhibition event is free of charge and open from Wednesday 22nd to Friday the 24th.
For more information about the companies’ kindly click on the links below:
Special Business Get-together
On Tuesday the 14th of June the Ambassador hosted the third Business Get-together event in 2016 for Danish business associates in Ghana. The Get-together is a recurring event facilitating networking and knowledge sharing between representatives from Danish companies and affiliates in Ghana.
The programme for the evening included updates by the Ambassador and a short presentation / reflections by one of the Ghanaian architecture companies who participated in the recent business delegation to Denmark with the focus on sustainable building and Danish Architecture. Further the president for the European Business organisation EBO gave a short update on the activities of the organisation.
The event worked as well as a farewell to Jesper B. Jeppesen Managing Director of FanMilk ltd, Naved Zafar, Managing Director of Maersk Line, and Lars Jøker, The Embassy’s Programme coordinator and team leader to the Business Team.
The event was kindly sponsored by Maersk Line.
The next Danish Business Get-together will be hosted on Thursday the 8th of September 2016.
DAY 4: Danish Exhibition 'House of Green' & International Exhibition ' Architects at Work'
Thursday, the 26th of May, started with an exhibition at Danish interactive showroom ‘House of Green.’ During the exhibition, the delegates learned about the Danish transitions to green and sustainable living.
The day continued with an international exhibition called ‘Architects at Work’. This event gathers many actors within the fields of construction, design, and architecture for a unique forum where many different companies and individual showcased their products and solutions.
As a last point of the day, the delegation spent time in the Danish amusement park Tivoli Garden. Here they were accompanied by the Ivorian Ambassador to Denmark for a farewell dinner in one of the gardens beautiful restaurants.
DAY 3: Full Day at 2 Danish Architect Companies - Henning Larsen & PLH Architects
Wednesday the 25th of May, the delegation was divided into two groups and invited to experience a day at the following Danish architect firms Henning Larsen and PLH architects.
The schedule was provided by the individual companies, but prior to departure the delegation was urged to prepare a presentation about the architectural trends in West Africa and the general scene in the two countries.
Later that day the delegates went for a boat tour in the canals of the centre of Copenhagen. During the tour, the delegation learned about the history of the city and saw many prominent building.
The day ended with dinner at one of Nyhavn - New Harbour - lovely restaurants. The area is one of the city’s most famous places because of its beautiful building and historical importance.
DAY 2: Architect Tour around Copenhagen hosted by Danish Architectural Centre (DAC)
On Tuesday the 24th of May, the day started with an exclusive tour around some newly development sight such as Sluseholmen, Ørestad South, City and North. The delegation was guide by architects Ms. Dorte Augustenborg and Mr. Jørn P. Madsen from the Danish Architecture Centre (DAC).
During the excursion, the delegates were introduced to some of the famous architectural building in Copenhagen. Among others, the delegation saw the famous BIG House (8-tallet) designed by Bjarke Ingel Group (BIG) and the VM-mountain also designed by BIG in cooperation with JBS, and Plot.
Furthermore, the delegates also got the chance to see some modern council housing buildings in Sluseholmen. All in all, the group was very pleased about the tour around the architectural scenery of Copenhagen.
DAY 1: Welcome to the 'Sustainable Building' Delegation in Denmark
On Monday the 23rd of May, The delegation arrived in Denmark and they were well received by Embassy’s commercial team and a student assistant from the Ministry of Foreign in Denmark. The day mainly consisted of relaxation during the afternoon and ended with an official welcome dinner a Madklubben Tony’s.
Pre-departure Reception for the ‘Sustainable Building’ Delegation
On the 12th of May, the Embassy of Denmark hosted a pre-departure reception at the Ambassador’s residence for the ‘Sustainable Building’ Business Delegation that will be visiting Denmark on the 23rd of May to the 27th of May. The Embassy's Commercial Team informed the delegation about the trip to Denmark and the delegates had the opportunity to ask questions and to network.
This business delegation to Denmark has been planned and specialized for a group of architects from both Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire and will focus on the Danish know-how in architecture, design and sustainable building. Furthermore, the delegates were also asked to work in groups to organize a presentation explaining the Ghanaian and Ivorian architectural development and their perspective on the current trends and design in the countries. These presentations will be the foundation of the case-based working day with the two Danish architects companies – Henning Larsen and PLH Architects.
The total delegation counts 22 participants – representing 15 companies.
Danish Business Delegation visiting Ghana
From the 11th to 15th of April the Danish Embassy is proud to welcome a Danish Business Delegation to Ghana, organized by the consulting firm Nordekon in cooperation with the Danish Trade Council. The business representatives have come to explore business opportunities in Ghana.
The initial day began with an introduction meeting with the Ambassador to Denmark in Ghana, Mrs. Tove Degnbol, at the Danish Embassy in Ghana. Subsequently, the business representatives were provided with a tailor-made plan for their stay in Ghana, which includes an individual programme of meetings to relevant companies and public authorities.
You can see a short video of the initial day here.
Opening of the Danish Visa Application Centre in Abidjan
The Danish Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Abidjan was officially opened on the 7th of April. The center is daily managed by VFS Côte d'Ivoire and is handling visa services for visa applicants for Denmark, Norway and Spain. Applicants who wish to visit Denmark including Greenland, Iceland and Faroe Island can now apply at the Danish VAC in Abidjan instead of traveling to Accra.
The Danish VAC was officially opened by Mr. Jacob Kahl Jepsen, Head of the Trade section, Embassy of Denmark in Accra and Ms Elise Akoissi Koffi from the Danish Honorary Consulate in Abidjan. In his opening speech Mr. Jepsen underlined the importance of the Visa Application Centre located in Abidjan in strengthening even further the business relationship between Denmark and Côte d'Ivoire. The economic growth and last years peaceful presidential election in the country have generated an increased interest for doing business in Côte d'Ivoire also from Danish companies. Late last year a successful trade visit to Abidjan by Danish companies focusing on renewable energy was undertaken as well as a visit to Denmark by Ivorian companies. This year further initiatives will be made in order to promote Danish green technologies and services within the construction, design, water and renewable energy sector.
The Danish VAC is located at "Riviera 2, Non Loin de Leader Price et L'eglise Notre Dame De La Tendresse" (close to the American Embassy).
For further information kindly visit http://www.vfsglobal.com/Denmark/Ivorycoast/index.html
FC Nordsjaelland looks to build collaboration with Right to Dream Academy in Ghana
A delegation from the Danish Superliga Club, FC Nordsjælland (FCN), is in Ghana to visit the Right to Dream (RtD) Academy. The FCN delegation includes CEO, Ole Palmå, and first-team captain, Patrick Mtiliga.
Following the recent takeover of FCN by a group of investors led by RtD Founder, Tom Vernon, the delegation are visiting the Academy with a view to building a strong collaboration between FCN and RtD. FCN is a young club based just outside the capital Copenhagen, in Denmark. The club has a strong story and is one of the most winning teams in Denmark since it was founded in 2003. FCN has won the league and the cup twice and having played in both UEFA Champions League and Europa League. FCN have built its success on talent developing and a positive style of play, and it is the youngest team in the best Danish league.
RtD is a football and educational academy based in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Tom Vernon, a British social entrepreneur founded Right to Dream sixteen years ago, and has overseen its transition from a non-residential youth team to Africa’s leading football academy. Over 160 scholarships have been awarded to talented, young Africans to attend Right to Dream, enabling them to have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
That scholarship opportunity is founded on Tom Vernon’s commitment to progressive, ethical and sustainable talent development in Africa – encompassing football, education and character. And it has resulted in unprecedented success for RtD students and graduates on and off the pitch, and around the world.
His vision is to take FCN to the next level through the development of the Club’s already first-class academy, emphasizing character development, academic excellence and world-class scouting and coaching; enabling the undoubted football talent in Denmark and Ghana to flourish.
It is an exciting collaboration that provides an opportunity to strengthen the links between Denmark and Ghana from the football pitch to the boardroom.
Read more about the Right to Dream Academy here and FC Nordsjaelland here.
DENG SOLAR ENERGY
At the DENG office on Friday the 22th of January Mrs. Tove Degnbol, the Ambassador to Denmark was shown first-handed how solar energy can be one of the solutions to the power shortage in the country. The CEO of DENG Jens Blicher Schmidt presented both smaller solar solutions like A/C’s running on solar energy as well as whole electrical systems running purely on solar energy. Furthermore, the ambassador was visiting the part of the plant that is used for schooling of future instructors in solar energy.
DENG is a Ghanaian company with Danish management and has been a pioneer in brining advanced engineering to Ghana since 1988.
DTI visits the Danish Embassy
On Thursday the 14th of January members of the executive board of Danish Technological Institute (DTI) visited the Danish Embassy. Every year members of the board of DTI visit countries where the productions economy has experienced growth and development. This year the board chose Ghana. Ghana is the first African country the board visits.
During their stay the board plan to visit the Ministry of Environment Science and Technology, Ghana Energy Commission, Fan Milk, Maersk, Intelligent Card Production System (ICPS) and DENG among others.
Nordekon business delegation to Ghana April 2016
Nordekon invites Danish companies to join our business delegation to Ghana in April 2016.
The programme will be tailor-made for you and will include an individual programme of visits to relevant companies. The purpose of this Nordekon business delegation is to identify relevant Ghanaian partners and business opportunities and acquire a valuable insight into the Ghanian market.
See more about the business delegation and how to join here.
Ambassador of Denmark visiting Danish companies in Tema.
On the 7th of January the Ambassador of Denmark visited the Danish companies BECO CO Ltd and IBF Ghana Ltd in Tema.
IBF Ghana Ltd has been in operation since 2015. Manufacture in concrete products (paving). Production based on full automated plant. Knud H. Pedersen Managing Director www.ibf-ghana.com
BECO Co. LTD has been in operation in Tema for a large number of years. Involved in sale of used and new machinery ( industry) and sale of cloths from Denmark. Owner is Benny Nielsen www.becotema.com
Invitation to the Ghana Economic Outlook and Business Strategy Conference
The registration for the Ghana Economic Outlook and Business Strategy (EOBS) is now open. The theme of the conference will be about "Industrialisation: The Impetus for Ghana Economic Growth". This conference aims to generate ideas and suggestions from the Ghanaian government and the private sector stakeholders on the role of industrialization in promoting and sustaining the growth of the Ghanaian Economy.
Key invited speakers and panel members include H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana; Hon. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister for Trade and Industry; Mr. Seth Tekper, Minister for Finance; Mr. Alhassan Andani, Managing Director of Stanbic; Mrs. Marie Laurie Akin Olugbade of the African Development Bank and Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo, Chairman of Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC).
The conference will take place on Wednesday 20th January at Tang Palace Hotel, Accra at 8:30am.
Please find the programme for the conference here.
Kindly visit the website www.ghanaeconomicoutlook.com to register.
Welcoming reception for BlueTown at the Danish Embassy
On Tuesday the 15th of December, a small reception was held at the Danish Embassy to welcome the Danish telecommunication company BlueTown Aps and its management to the newly announced incubator office at the Embassy.
BlueTown has developed a complete end-to-end solution capable of disrupting the status quo in rural areas of the world, by providing ultra low-cost access to communication. Through the office in Accra BlueTown will seek the penetration of the West Africa marked.
BlueTown is headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark, with offices in Tanzania, India, Silicon Valley, Peru, and Dubai.
(The Ambassador of Denmark, Ms. Tove Degnbol, with BlueTown's Executive Group Director and Co-Founder, Brian Bisgaard, CEO, Peter Ib, VP Partnership & Alliance, Mogens Birk and Country Manager, Ole de Leener)
The incubator facility is an office at the Embassy compound which can be rented by a Danish company. This will enable the company and the Danish Trade Council to work closely together making it a great opportunity for setting up a business in Ghana.
Please click here for further information about BlueTown (In Danish) or read about BlueTown in the Ghanaian Media B&FT here.
The Double Taxation Agreement
Denmark and Ghana have agreed on a Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) which comes into force on 1 January 2016. The agreement is intended to prevent “double taxation” where by the same income is taxed both in the country where the income is earned (the source country) and in the country where the person receiving the income is resident (residence). At the same time the DTA also aims at preventing tax evasion. The DTA is thus intended to ensure a fair distribution of taxes between the source country and the country of residence.
Please see link to the agreement (English version) or (Danish version)
Power Solutions Discussed in Abidjan
Thursday is the last day of the Nordic Power Mission in Abidjan. So far it has been three busy days for the delegation with seminars, knowledge-sharing, site visits and business get-together event.
The power mission was kicked off with an exciting seminar including speeches from power experts and financial institutions. Among the plenty instructive presentations were the Banque Ouest Africaine de Developpement (BOAD), The African Guarantee Fund (AGF), the sustainable energy fund for Africa (SEFA) and Mr. Ibrahim Togola, CEO of Access/Africa Power who hold an inspiring speech about market opportunities for renewable energy in rural decentralize and grid connected electrification in West Africa.
Wednesday and today, Thursday, site visits are on the program. The aim of these site visits is to give the delegation a first-hand impression of Abidjan in terms of commercial and industrial activities in regards to scale and capacity.
The first visit was to the CIPREL refinery. This refinery is the largest of its kind in West Africa with a distillation capacity of 3 million mt/ yr. In the future investment plans are to increase to from 3 to 10 million mt/yr. The visit gave the delegation and the plant managers the opportunity to discuss solutions for handling the waste from the distillation, where a Danish solution could be needed in the future.
The second visit was to the Akouedo biogas project. This is a typical case showing some of the opportunities and challenges in financing renewable energy projects in the region. The biogas plan is implemented by the Danish company Enviscan and financed by BOAD
Wednesday evening offered a business get together event. Here, business people were gathered for a cocktail party hosted by the Ambassador of Denmark Ms. Tove Degnbol and the Honorary Consul Dominique Leroy from Maersk Line in Abidjan. The scope of the evening was to share business experiences in Côte d'Ivoire and introduce the Danish and Nordic companies to the large group of local based business people and financial institutions.
Thursday is the last day for the delegates in Abidjan. The program of the day offers visit to Azito Thermal Power Plant, a lagoon boat trip with Maersk Line and the chance to investigate the SOLIBRA/Carlsberg brewery’s infrastructure. The day ends with a business dinner where the guest speaker is Ms. Oddveig Aarhus from Eurocham.
See more pictures here.
Nordic Power Mission in Abidjan
From the 3rd to the 5th of November 2015 the Danish Embassy in Ghana, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Centre de Promotion des Investissements en Côte d’Ivoire (CEPICI) has invited Nordic companies as wells as African partners to a three days seminar about energy solutions in West Africa. The seminar takes place in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
The seminar will focus on energy investment opportunities in West African region and will give the participants a unique chance to learn more about Abidjan as an upcoming growth centre. The companies participate in the seminar are all engaged in the energy sector, like Kamstrup, BWSC, Alcatel, Enviscan, Danish Gateway, BWC, COWI and several others.
The energy deficit in Africa remains very large. Only half of the population has access to reliable energy and over 620 million people live without the benefit of an electricity connection. However, the continent holds a significant share of the world’s renewable energy potential, and many countries in West Africa seek to expand, stabilize and diversify their energy supply in an environmentally clean and cost effective manner. Within 20 years, renewables are expected to account for about 40% of total energy generation in Africa.
These issues and possibilities are addressed tomorrow the 3rd of November, when the delegation will be introduced to speakers and presentations by AfDB, USAID, Africa Guarantee Fund (AGF), the Investment Fund for Development Countries (IFU), Banque Ouest Africaine de Développement (BOAD) and the Ambassador of India among many others.
The following days the delegation is going on field trips to CIPREL refinery, the Akouedo Biogas project, the Azito Thermal Power Plant and the SOLIBRA/Carlsberg Brewery. Further, to investigate the infrastructure the delegation is invited on a lagoon boat trip by Maersk Line.
The Danish Embassy will be represented by the Ambassador of Denmark Ms. Tove Degnbol and Head of the Trade Section Mr. Jacob Kahl Jepsen.
The Building Green Delegation visits Danfoss and Montana
Wednesdays the Building Green Delegation went to Als for visiting Danfoss. Danfoss introduced the delegation for the market they operate in, guided them around the expansion valve factory and headquarter. Hereafter the delegation went to the Montana factory in Haarby to see the assembling of the famous Montana furniture.
Montana was the last company visit for the delegation, and they could therefore drive back to Copenhagen where the Danish Architecture Centre opened the doors for an exhibition about Groundbreaking Danish Constructions followed by dinner.
The Building Green Delegation's third day in Denmark
Tuesday was the Building Green Delegation’s third day in Denmark. In the earlier morning hours the delegation headed for Jutland. First stop was at Rockwool to learn more about how isolation is extremely relevant when cooling down houses. Hereafter a visit to Tvilum showed the delegation Danish quality interior an design. The final company visit of the day was at Tegnestuen Mejeriet to talk about architecture and how they are thinking green when they are drawing new constructions.
The day ended at some historical architecture, the Koldinghus Castle. Here, the delegation were served dinner while IFU and Væksthus Syddanmark could present their thoughts of the building green topic.
The Building Green Delegations visits Hennings Larsen Architects and IBF
Monday was the second day in Copenhagen for the Building Green Delegation. The day offered two company visits and a dinner at Eigtved Pakhus were the Trade Council had invited several special guests.
The day started with the architect company Henning Larsen Architects, where the delegation was shown around the company’s office in Copenhagen, presented for the new Microsoft headquarter in Lyngby as well as introduced to Lyngby-Taarbæk City’s vision for urban development and student housing.
Hereafter, the delegation went to visit IBF in Roskilde to look first hand at the concrete factory. Finally the delegation could return to Copenhagen to a dinner with the theme “Efficient Energy Solutions”. Among others the key speakers was the Ambassador of Ghana in Denmark Ms. Edith Hazel, Mr. Peter Terman Petersen, CEO of Gaiasolar, Mr. Thomas Qvist Vestesen, CEO of Danvest and KUR Ambassador Mr. Svend Roed Nielsen.
Departure from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire and arrival at Copenhagen
The Building Green Business Delegation consisting of Ghanaian and Ivorian building and architect companies were gathered in the Ambassador Ms. Tove Degnbol’s residence Thursday evening for a pre-departure event. The Embassy's Commercial Team briefed the delegation about the trip to Denmark and the delegates had the opportunity to ask questions and to Network
Saturday evening, many of the delegates left for Copenhagen where they arrived Sunday morning. They were all checked in at the Hotel Guldsmeden Carlton in the heart of the Danish capital. Here, the hotel owner and manager presented to the delegation its green and ecological concept, while the delegates could relax with a cold welcome drink after a long journey. The first day ended with a dinner next to the hotel at Madklubben Vesterbro.
Monday the delegation will be starting its tour with company visits first at the world-known architectural firm Henning Larsen and afterwards the concrete producers IBF in Roskilde. In the evening, there will be a dinner and presentations of energy efficiency in Eigtved Pakhus. Special invited guests from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Trade Council, financial institutes, relevant partners, as well as the Ambassador of Ghana in Denmark and the Ambassador of Côte d’Ivoire in Denmark will attend.
The Booklet for the Nordic Power Mission in Abidjan
Next week the Danish Embassy, The African Development Bank and CEPICI. The mission is the first of its kind and the purpose is to discuss green power solutions in Africa and the financing of such. Thus, leading companies within the power sector from Denmark, Norway and Finland is joining the mission as well as various financial institutes. The missions begins the 3th of November and ends the 5th of November.
Please read more about the delegation in our booklet here.
The Booklet for the Building Green Delegation to Denmark
The building green delegation to Denmark is arriving in Denmark on Sunday. The delegation is the biggest business delegation organized by the Danish Trade Council in Ghana and is counting 22 Ghanaian companies and 4 Ivorian companies with a total of 40 delegates.
Please read more about the delegation in our booklet here.
Clean Power – Energy Opportunities in West Africa
Invitation - Energy Seminar in Abidjan 3-5 November 2015
The Danish Embassy in Ghana and the African Development Bank (AFDB) are planning an energy seminar in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire from the 3rd to the 5th of November 2015. The seminar will focus on energy investment opportunities in the West African region and will give the participants a unique chance to learn more about Abidjan as an upcoming growth centre. The seminar targets Danish companies and affiliates engaged in the energy sector.
During the visit, participants will gain knowledge about the current challenges and experiences on the West African energy market. This will be facilitated by resource people both from the private sector and from a number of institutions including the AFDB and the African Guarantee Fund (AGF). The Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries (IFU) and IFC has been invited to participate in the sessions. Furthermore, two days will be allocated for field visits to an oil refinery and different larger infrastructure power plants both thermal, biogas and hydro-electrics in and around Abidjan. The field visits will be organised in collaboration with the Centre de promotion des Investissements en Côte d’Ivoire (CEPICI). The seminar will be facilitated in English. The Danish Ambassador to Ghana Ms Tove Degnbol will be present.
More information about the programme, logistics arrangements, registration etc. will follow shortly. We hope the above seminar would be of you interest and would appreciate you initial feedback to Event Manager Ms Linda Kafui email@example.com Total cost including meals, accommodation (4 nights), local transport will be DKK 16,250.
We are looking forward to welcoming you to Abidjan.
Côte d'Ivoire Fact sheet
Business Visit to Denmark - "Building Green"
The Danish Embassy has the pleasure to invite you to be part of the Building Green Business Delegation from the 26th to the 29th of October 2015 to Denmark. The focus is to explore the latest technologies and know-how in efficient and SMART technologies within urban construction and green building. During the visit, participants will have the opportunity be introduced to the Green Building Agenda and to visit larger Danish Manufacturers. Furthermore, a full day will be dedicated to the largest trade fair for sustainable and energy efficient buildings in Denmark with the opportunity to have pre-scheduled business-to-business meetings.
Read the full invitation here.
Danida Business Delegation to Ghana – an entry point to West Africa
The delegation will be postponed to Q1 2016. More information will follow.
Danish Agriculture & Food Council in cooperation with the Trade Council of Denmark in Ghana and Nigeria invite Danish companies to participate in Danida Business Delegation to Ghana from 14 June to 18 June 2015. Danish Agriculture & Food Council together with the Minister Counsellor for agriculture in Lagos will join the delegation.
This Danida Business Delegation is all about exploring new business opportunities and doing sustainable business. Our aim is to focus on four specific areas of interest:
Doing business in Ghana (import/export legislation, land, insurance, logistics).
Banking & Financing – including focus on small local farmers to secure the first crucial steps in the value chain.
Primary production i.e. grain, fish, meat & greens.
Retail & HORECA – understanding consumer behaviour and needs.
The business focus is on food and agriculture. The programme and activities will be targeted in response to the participating companies’ individual interests and partner search.
Read the full invitation here.
Fourth day of the Ghanaian business visit to Denmark
Thursday 12 March 2015 - Visit to GomSpace ApS in Aalborg.
On the final day of the Ghanaian business visit to Denmark, the delegation visited GomSpace ApS in Aalborg. Founded in 2007 by three university students, GomSpace is a space company specialised in commercially available subsystems and software components for nanosatellites and turnkey nanosatellite projects providing customers with full platform and mission solutions.
Having already visited Weibel and Terma, the visit to GomSpace was interesting as it showed another aspect of the Danish surveillance industry. The company can deliver affordable nanosatellite technology to countries like Ghana and wants to create a nanosatellite based system to provide information about airline traffic and ship traffic in the equatorial region. A few projects were discussed, and there is certainly a possibility of future cooperation – projects that could enhance Ghana and the West African region.
Third day of the Ghanaian business visit to Denmark
Wednesday, 11th of March 2015 - The Ghanaian flag was flying high together with the Danish, greeting the delegation a warm welcome to Terma A/S. A sign of the friendliness and warmth that the delegation has met in Denmark during the first days of their visit.
On this third day, the delegation visited Terma A/S, another Danish stronghold within the defence and surveillance sector. As an international supplier of high-end niche products, technologies, and capabilities, Terma supports customers and partners all over the world.
The diverse and world class portfolio of Terma A/S was introduced to the delegation as they visited their lab, manufacturing and test facilities. The discussions were bright and constructive, and a scope for short-term as well as long term cooperation possibilities was made.
The night ended with a lively delightful dinner hosted by Terma
Second day of the Ghanaian business visit to Denmark
Tuesday 10 March 2015 – A study of state-of-the-art technology at Weibel Scientific A/S.
Tuesday the delegation travelled 30 km north of Copenhagen to visit the family-run company Weibel Scientific A/S. The company is a world leading manufacturer of position measuring instruments based on continuous wave Doppler principles and the latest radar computer and software technologies. Exporting 99% of its products abroad, Weibel radars are used worldwide, including the likes of NASA and the American army.
The delegation spent a full day visiting the manufacturing and test site, and the following presentations and discussions were positive and gave rise to several ideas for future cooperation.
After a nice dinner, the delegation flew out to Aarhus, where Wednesday will commence.
Update from the first day of the Ghanaian business visit to Denmark
Monday 9 March 2015 – The first day of the Ghanaian business visit to Denmark.
Monday morning represented the start of the first Ghanaian business delegation to Denmark this year – a delegation touring Denmark to study the latest surveillance technology and radar equipment within the maritime, naval and aviation segments.
Shortly after arrival in Copenhagen, the delegation visited the Danish Maritime Authority, where a seminar, co-hosted by the Danish MFA, was conducted. Focusing on knowledge sharing, common learnings and synergies, the seminar discussions took place in a constructive and positive atmosphere – the grounds for future cooperation between the countries were truly made. The day ended in high spirits as the Ghanaian Embassy, led by H.E. Ambassador Ms. Edith Hazel, held a warm and friendly reception for the delegation, with the participation of company representatives and senior Danish ministry officials.
Stay tuned for more, as the delegation visits leading Danish high-tech companies in the days to come.
Ghanaian Business and Cooperation visit to Denmark
From the 9th to 13th of March 2015, a delegation of high level representatives from different Ghanaian authorities will travel to Denmark to study the latest surveillance technology and radar equipment within the maritime, naval and aviation segments.
Starting out in Copenhagen, the delegation will spend the first day visiting the Danish Maritime Authority and the Royal Danish Navy. In the evening, a dinner reception hosted by H.E. Edith Hazel, Ambassador for Ghana to Denmark, will be held at the Embassy of Ghana in Hellerup.
On the second day, the delegation will visit Weibel Scientific A/S (www.weibel.dk) at its headquarters in Allerød, north of Copenhagen. Based on the Doppler principle, Weibel’s product lines include muzzle velocity radars for field artillery; compact Doppler radars for R&D and forensic investigation; precision and accuracy velocity tracking radars for artillery; and long-range tracking radars for aircraft, UAVs, satellites, and space shuttles.
The delegation will continue to Jutland to visit Terma A/S (www.terma.com) in Lystrup. Terma operates in the aerospace, defence and security sector, developing advanced security systems and surveillance radar solutions.
Finally, the delegation will pay visit to GomSpace ApS (www.gomspace.com) who provides an extensive portfolio of commercially available off-the-shelf subsystems and software components for nanosatellites and turnkey nanosatellite projects providing customers with full platform & mission solutions.
A departure-event for all the delegates is scheduled to be hosted at the Danish Embassy in early March.
Questions about the delegation should be addressed to Commercial Attaché Jacob Kahl Jepsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.