South African business people who participated in the outward trade and investment mission to Ghana are confident that the leads that they generated during the mission will develop into concrete deals that will see them exporting their products to Ghana or investing in the West African country, according to the trade and industry department (dti).
The group of about 30 business people were due to arrive home on Sunday morning after spending four days in Accra attending seminars, engaging with Ghanaian business people in business-to-business meetings, and conducting site visits in search of trade and investment opportunities, the dti said in a statement.
“I will be going back to Ghana soon, as I have identified quite a number of business opportunities in the energy efficiency value-chain,” Sandiswa Qayi, from East London, said in the statement.
“The seminar provided me with valuable information on the Ghanaian economy and opportunities available for the South African companies to explore. Our company attracted a lot of business people that I met during the two days of business-to-business meetings. I am considering returning and investing in a plant in Accra,” Qayi said.
Stellenbosch winemaker Malcolm Green also had set up a bottling plant in Ghana as one of his objectives for travelling to Accra.
“I had fruitful meetings with people who are interested in helping our company establish a wine bottling plant there as part of our export growth strategy for Africa. The Ghanaian investment promotion agency is also keen to play a role in facilitating the implementation of the project because of its potential to contribute in creating employment opportunities for the Ghanaians. We are excited because this will enable us to export South African wines bottled in Ghana to the rest of the West African region,” Green said.
Hendrik Naude of Gauteng said he travelled to Ghana with the aim of seeking a distributor for his company’s information and communication technology solutions
“From the numerous meetings that I held with the Ghanaian business people, I am coming back home with a list of three promising companies which we are likely to do business within the near future. I have also met a potential customer who has requested a quotation that can see our products making their way to Ghana in the near future,” Naude said.
Karien Jafta of Gauteng said her cosmetics products attracted an impressive amount of attention from potential clients and business people who were even willing to assist her to register her products in Ghana. She expressed confidence that positive results would be forthcoming from the meetings.
“I went to Ghana mainly to gather information about the country’s construction industry and the mission assisted me a lot in that regard. I met officials from the department of transport as well as some developers. I am positive we will be doing business in the country in future,” said Deon Duvenage from the North West.