The Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council, a union between The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture (GHANECC) and the Netherlands African Business Council (NABC), has been launched.
The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture assisted and reinforced business cooperation between Ghana and the Netherlands since its beginning in 2002, nurturing trade, investment and cultural understanding between the two countries.
The Netherlands African Business Council was a body of Dutch businesspersons founded in 1946 that also endorsed Dutch trade and investment in Africa, providing business amenities to the Dutch business community in Africa.
Ms. Caecilia Wijgers, the Acting Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana said, 'We are here to help the private sector businesses to develop and to do business. She also said that the Dutch were innovators who liked Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
'This means that there will be many opportunities for both Ghanaian and Dutch businesses through the Dutch financial instruments', she added.
Victor Rutgers, President of the newly launched GNBCC said: 'The main objective of GNBCC is to facilitate and build upon these business relationships to the benefit of both Ghana and the Netherlands.'
In context of the Dutch embassy's change of policy from aid to trade, he added that, the GNBCC would nurture vibrant and cooperative economic partnership between Ghana and the Netherlands.
The GNBCC has also launched a book titled 'Doing Business in Ghana’ to support corporate entities by providing regulatory, financial and business-related information. Mr. Amissah-Arthur and Ms. Wijgers officially launched the newly published book.
The Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur expressed the hope that the recent agreement between the government and the International Monetary Fund for an enhanced facility would help reverse the negative pressures and correct the imbalances.