Business News of 2014-04-29

Ghana, Netherlands improve bilateral trade

The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Hans Docter, has lauded the improvements in trade relations between Ghana and the Netherlands, expressing optimism for the years ahead.
He said, 2014 is a normal year for good business between Ghana and Netherlands.
“Netherlands’ investments in Ghana continue to grow, our mutual trade value continues to grow, hitting over 1.5 billion,” he said.
He stressed that more opportunities existed in agriculture, sanitation, maritime and the health sector for Dutch investors.
Last year, Dutch investors visited the country to explore investment opportunities in the maritime sector, with particular emphasis on port expansions. The Dutch embassy also provided a grant facility to enhance cocoa production for farmers in the country.
Ambassador Docter was speaking at a ceremony to mark the celebration of the first King’s Day in Accra for the Dutch community in Ghana.
The Netherlands’ King’s Day is a Dutch national holiday to celebrate the birthday of King Willem-Alexander.
The event brought together both Dutch and Ghanaian partners, with some Dutch companies mounting an exhibition to promote their wares.
Some of the companies were Unilever Ghana, Philips and Cargill.
The day, he explained, was a national event in Holland, and was also the biggest unifying event. He added that “in Ghana, it is important that the Dutch community would want to share the day with their friends from Ghana.”
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Nii Armah Ashietey, on behalf of the Government of Ghana, expressed gratitude to the Netherlands Embassy for their support over the years.
He was optimistic that the linkage that had been created as a result of the cooperation between the two countries would continue further.
A Deputy Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Ms Dzifa Gomashie, lauded the Dutch for the celebration, describing it as an appreciation of the beauty of their hierarchy.
She used the occasion to reiterate the fact that chieftaincy was not outmoded, hence the need for people to appreciate it.
Source: graphic.com
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