The Ghana Summit 2013: Turning Potential Into Opportunity



Africa’s recent economic surge is fueling optimism about the continent’s prospects and positioning it in the minds of many investors and businesses as a significant opportunity.

Blessed with a wealth of natural resources and a large, young and growing population, many economies in Africa are enjoying rates of growth and development that are the envy of the emerging world.

While sections of the continent still face steep challenges, Ghana is well placed to benefit from the forces of beneficial change in the region.

  • Strong and sustained growth in recent years – with the country benefiting from high global commodity prices and continued political stability
  • A youthful and better educated workforce, with half of the population under 20
  • The emergence of a new generation of tech-savvy entrepreneurs. Ghana has one of the most developed telecommunications sectors in Africa, with mobile phone penetration surpassing the 100% barrier
  • A concerted effort by the government to attract foreign investment and improve ease of doing business

However, Ghana faces serious challenges too. Its economy remains vulnerable to external factors—in particular the risk of a slowdown in China, the global commodity cycle and high inflation.

The Ghana Summit will openly explore the risks and opportunities—tensions and compromises—that are facing this thriving global African economy. It will bring together over 150 leaders from government, business and finance who are invested or otherwise interested in Ghana’s future. Register your interest today.


H.E. Hanna Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Region, Ghana

Hanna Tetteh

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

Robert Ward

Country Publishing Director (The Economist Intelligence Unit)

Komla Dumor, Senior Broadcast Journalist, BBC World Service and BBC World News

Komla Dumor

Senior Broadcast Journalist (BBC World Service and BBC World News)

Matthieu Pigasse, Vice President, Lazard & Co

Matthieu Pigasse

Chief Executive Officer, Africa (Lazard)

Ozwald Boateng

Ozwald Boateng

Founder (Made In Africa)

Ekwunife Okoli

Managing Director, African Regional Markets (Diageo)

Bright Simons, Chief Executive Officer, MPedigree

Bright Simons

Chief Executive Officer (MPedigree)

Jim Judson

Managing Director (PZ Cussons Ghana)

Standa Vecera

Vice-president, South Africa and Expansion Markets, East and West Africa (Procter & Gamble)

Fredrik Jejdling, Regional Head, sub-Saharan Africa Ericsson

Fredrik Jejdling

Regional Head, sub-Saharan Africa (Ericsson)



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