Written by  Emmanuel Bruce |



The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce & Culture (GHANECC) has been transitioned into Ghana Netherlands Business & Culture Council (GNBCC) to foster vibrant economic partnership between the Netherlands and Ghana.

The newly launched GNBCC would aim at facilitating and building upon business relationships to the benefit of both Ghana and the Netherlands.

Speaking at the launch this week in Accra, the Board Chairman for GNBCC, Mr Victor Rutgers said business between Ghana and Netherlands have been developing tremendously over the years.

He said it saw a lot of opportunities in the Ghanaian market hence the need to transform GHANECC into GNBCC to fully take advantage of the opportunities.

The Acting Ambassador of the Netherlands to Ghana, Mrs Caecilia Wijgers said GNBCC will represent business interests of both Ghanaian and Dutch companies while working closely together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Ghana.

She said GNBCC will support corporate entities to perform their operations seamlessly by making the requisite regulatory, financial and business-related information available to them.

“GNBCC takes completely Netherlands Embassy’s perspectives; we are about policy change from aid to trade and we believe that the private sector plays important role in sustainable environment here in Ghana in another manner, especially when economic times are hard”, said Mrs Wijgers.

“We are here to help the private sector businesses to develop and to do business at the same time. The Dutch are innovators and we like Public Private Partnership (PPP), this means that there will be many opportunities for both Ghanaian and Dutch businesses through the Dutch financial instruments”, she added.

Vice President of Ghana, Mr Kwesi Amissah-Arthur who was the guest of honour urged the GNBCC not to desist from its traditional roles which include, protecting the interest of members and the settling of disputes.

He also admitted that due to some pressures that occurred in 2012 there have been physical imbalances in the Ghanaian economy leading to the fast depreciation of the cedi.

Mr Amissah-Arthur disclosed that government was working hard to drastically reduce the country’s large budget deficit by cutting down on other expenditures.

Poverty level, according to him, has reduced in Ghana over the years but was quick to add cogent measures must be adopted if it was to be sustained. This, he said, would help government to better manage the economy to achieve improved growth rate and development in the country.

Mr Amissah-Arthur later joined Ambassador Wijgers to officially launch GNBCC newly published book dubbed “Doing Business in Ghana”.

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