FOOTBALL AS A CATALYST FOR DEVELOPMENT (BOC2008)

Venue: SEKONDI TAKORADI SHIPPERS COUNCIL CONFERENCE HALL

Location: Takoradi, Western Region, Ghana

Event Date/Time: Jan 22, 2008 End Date/Time: Jan 24, 2008
Registration Date: Jan 17, 2008
Early Registration Date: Dec 20, 2007
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 22, 2007
Paper Submission Date: Jan 07, 2008
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Description

The Sekondi-Takoradi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with Parkview Sports & Media Limited and Coastal Network Consortium Limited will hold a Business Opportunities Conference at the Takoradi Shippers Council on January 22, 2008 and a tour of some Economic potential areas on January 23, 2008. Invited representatives from Government, Local and Foreign Investors, Entrepreneurs, Bankers, Mining, Oil and Energy sector operatives and Institutions concerned with trade and investment issues in Western Region of Ghana will participate.

The conference will intensify work on the identification and optimisation of economic opportunities around GHANA CAN 2008 to benefit the general business community of Sekondi-Takoradi, the Western Region, Ghana as a nation and the West African sub-region as a whole in the various business sectors. It will address the barriers that have in diverse ways slowed down the effective and efficient exploration and utilization of the numerous and abundant resources in the region for the growth of the region and its people.

The conference is expected to identify some interventions needed to ensure participation and growth in the private sector in the regional and the national economy.

It will also enable partnerships between small and medium sized en, as well enterprises as well A the public and private sectors to ensure economic participation in the opportunities arising from the African Cup of Nations.

The Government of Ghana has challenged the country's private sector to take advantage of the many business opportunities on offer from Ghana's hosting of the African Cup of Nations tournament.

“Ghana is currently one of the best-performing economies in Africa. By improving policies and institutions and investing in infrastructure and basic services, Ghana has brought down poverty levels. Economic growth accelerated to 6 percent in 2005.Ghana looks set to achieve middle-income country status by 2015. (World Bank report).

Soccer is no longer just a game as it has magnificent power to transcend political, economic and social boundaries. The Sekondi Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly and other stakeholders would use the African Cup of Nations as a stimulant and a catalyst for economic and social development, and also use the opportunity to showcase socio-cultural and tourism infrastructure of the Western Region of Ghana.

OBJECTIVES

The Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly aim at increasing investments and trade between Sekondi Takoradi and international market through exchange of information and business interactions among Government officials, financial institutions, investors and members of the trade and business communities across West Africa. The overall aim is to strengthen the economic development of Sekondi-Takoradi as well as Western Region of Ghana.


THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ARE;

ï?¶ To market the image of Sekondi-Takoradi in International business communities as an attractive location in Ghana for investment and trade.

ï?¶ To emphasize the attractive investment opportunities in the Western Region of Ghana and learn from successful case studies of foreign investment in Ghana.

ï?¶ To highlight and understand the needs of investors and what they are looking for to bring in more direct investments.


ï?¶ To outlined some of the policies, measures and facilities put in place in the region to attract and facilitate foreign investment and international business.

ï?¶ To encourage close collaboration and understanding between the public and private sectors as well as the financial institutions.

ï?¶ To promote information on potential investment and trade opportunities in Africa and across the globe for Western Region of Ghana companies.


SECTORS TO BE FEATURED

ï?¶ Ports & Shipping related activities
ï?¶ Agro-Food Industry
ï?¶ Education.
ï?¶ Oil, gas, mining, energy & power
ï?¶ Housing and Infrastructure
ï?¶ Trade and Industry
ï?¶ Sports
ï?¶ Tourism, Hospitality and Transport

WHO WILL ATTEND

ï?¶ International delegates from
across Africa
ï?¶ Shippers & Shipping Lines
ï?¶ Freight Forwarders
ï?¶ Academia
1. Financial Institutions
2. Business leaders and entrepreneurs
3. Potential Investors
4. International Organizations
5. Local Business Representatives
6. Non-governmental Organization
7. Sports Administrators
8. Manufacturers
9. Project Financing Institutions
10. diplomats


REASONS TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE

High profile and internationally renowned speakers from government and all major public and private sectors/industry will make presentations and contribute their experiences during information-packed sessions that will stretch your mind in new directions and make you awake. The identification of concrete interventions and solution which will promote trade and investment in Western Region of Ghana will be established and gain breakthrough insights from industry and business experts in practical terms. Establish Network with colleagues who understand you and share the same challenges. Take advantage of the cross-industry nature of the Conference , gain fresh perspectives outside your organisation and take home a network of valuable new contacts that will surprise and delight you.

Enjoy extended networking, meaningful conversation and fun during special evening events. As an attendee, you will be given special opportunity out side your industry as our takeaway measures to follow up and see how you are using what you learned, send updates and reminders and share with the experience of whole first Sekondi Takoradi Business Opportunities Conference development learned.

Come in early for the first match between Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire and enjoy the first evening with the pumps in the great twin city before the Conference starts.


EXPECTED ATTENDANCE

About 350 participants from Africa and other parts of the world, including speakers, decision makers from the private- and public sectors are expected at the Conference. The conferences, trip to economic potential areas within Western Region and other meetings during the event are so organised that on average about 40% of the time of day remain for the delegates to attend the fair and Business discussions.


VENUE LOCATION

The summit will take place at the Sekondi Takoradi Shippers Council Conference Room in Takoradi Ghana, the most beautiful edifice with the most modern conference facility in Ghana. The venue is just five minutes drive from the centre of the town (market circle) and surrounded by high class hotels.


ACCOMMODATION

In addition to Hotels secured for the participants other private arraqngement are being made to get additional private accommodations. Please contact the organising committee for more information about accommodation.

REGISTRATION FOR THE SUMMIT

All registration details are available at the Sekondi Takoradi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry (www.westernghanachamber.org) homepage. Registration can be completed by mailing or faxing the registration form to the address shown on the form or sent directly to the Conference Secretariat contacts indicated on the website.

Venue

2nd Floor Takoradi Shipper's Center, Chapel Hill
Takoradi
Western Region
Ghana
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