The 3rd German-African Business Summit, held between February 11th to 13th, 2019 in Accra, Ghana, saw over 600 guests including government executives, business associations, CEOs, decision-makers and start-up entrepreneurs from Germany, Ghana and Africa meet in Ghana to establish contacts, promote business ideas and negotiate contracts that will bring Germany and the African continent even closer together in the field of trade and investment.
High-level panels discussed questions of unleashing Africa’s full trade potential, moving Africa up the value-chain and how to make the 21st century Africa’s century. Vice-President Dr. Bawumia opened the event together with German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Müller, Deputy Minister for Economy and Energy, Thomas Bareiß, and the President of the Subsahara Africa Initiative of German Business (SAFRI), Prof. Heinz-Walter Große.
German-African trade amounted to 26 Billion US-Dollars in 2018, with African countries exporting 12 Billion US-Dollars to Germany and importing 14 Billion US-Dollars from Germany. Ghana’s trade with Germany grew by 25 percent in 2018 with Ghana’s exports rising sharply by more than 80 percent. German investment in Africa grew by 10 percent in 2018.
The German government and German companies underscored their commitment to Africa, and to Ghana in particular, through several bilateral initiatives, e.g. on
1. The establishment of a German-Ghanaian Business Council
2. The establishment of a cooperation between Afrika-Verein (German-African Business Association) and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC)
3. The opening of a German Desk for financial solutions to investors and trading companies at Access Bank Ghana in cooperation with German Development Bank DEG and Delegation of German Industry & Commerce in Ghana, (AHK Ghana)
4. The opening of the Knauf training centre for 800 construction workers yearly in Accra’s Northern Industrial Area
5. The signing of an agreement for renewable energy supply between Siemens and Westpark Ghana
The event also brought together some 180 young African entrepreneurs that were part of the first German African Entrepreneurship Summit (GAES) organized by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.The GAES took place concurrently with GABS and saw Start-ups from all over Africa converging in Accra to kickstart discussions on developing a policy framework for Start-ups in Ghana. They also had the chance to meet with established companies from Germany and Africa during the GABS, thus, using this platform to pitch their business ideas to potential customers and Investors.