“We are here to find the suitable partnerships for our members with different companies that can either work in Ghana or Ghanaian companies setting up in Malta.” This was stated by Mr Lino Mintoff, Head of Projects and Internationalisation at the Malta Chamber during the second Ghana-Malta Business Forum which took place during this week in Accra.
The Malta Chamber was actively involved in the delegation to Ghana through the its co-owned arm TradeMalta and the participation of Mr Lino Mintoff encouraging Ghanaian businesses to experience first-hand what Malta can offer.
The Mission was led by Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Businesses Silvio Schembri, aimed to boost Diplomatic and trade relations between Malta and Ghana with the participation of 27 Maltese companies and local institutions.
Commenting to the media in Ghana, Mr Lino Mintoff said that the Malta Chamber is interested in enhancing the collaboration between businesses in both countries, underlining the fact that trust needs to be created with the identification of business sectors of mutual interest. He said that “Maltese entrepreneurs are well-versed in IT, the manufacture of electronic parts, food production and processing, fintech and project management, among other areas.”
During this mission, Ghana and Malta signed five Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the establishment of partnerships between the two countries. Such will facilitate, amongst others, the enhancement of international connectivity to Ghana via a new route operated directly from Malta by Air Malta; an initiative described by Parliamentary Secretary Silvio Schembri as “key to boosting trade between Ghana and the rest of the European Union”.
Malta Chamber member AquaBiotech Group also signed two other MOUs with Ghanaian counterparts for business development in aquaculture and fisheries.
This visit followed a State Visit by Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca in July 2017 which paved the way for institutional and commercial collaboration through bilateral talks with the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.