Every nation has its constituents comprising public and private sector institutions and organizations. It is the strength of these institutions and organizations within the country that reflects its economic wellbeing and to a large extent, its global competitiveness. The private sector is now recognized as a critical driver of economic growth, which contributes significantly to poverty reduction and higher living standards for poor people.

The question no longer is whether development actors should engage with the private sector, public and private actors must work together to create an enabling environment to ensure knowledge transfer and foster economic growth. The time is ripe to systematize this approach and attempt new forms of public-private partnerships.

Facilitating accelerated growth, job creation and achieving other development goals relies on creating a healthy environment for investment and business activity which many believe has been the bane of African leaders.

It is against this backdrop that the organizers have put together this year’s edition of the Ghana Economic Forum, dwelling on the five-year agenda that has been set by stakeholders to forge a strong public-private partnership to secure sustainable growth and development for Ghana’s economy.

Under the Theme: “Building a Ghanaian owned economy…60 years after independence.”, “the forum will host plenary sessions and Focus Group sessions all geared towards setting the agenda for achieving a better Ghanaian economy.

Ghana Economic Forum 2017 

Ghana Economic Forum (GEF) 2017 will focus on an agenda that many Ghanaians have pondered over in their reflections on the country’s economic development. The theme, Building a Ghanaian Owned Economy, 60 years after independence; seeks to question the status quo in all facets of the economy and the country’s development framework.

Paramount in the discussions at the GEF 2015 was the question of whether the developmental frameworks in the country allowed the citizens to fully own the economy through effective participation in the economic decision making process. Several recommendations and conclusions were drawn from these discussions including the focus group discussions on energy, Infrastructure and Debt Finance. Analysts this year will look at Government’s progress in weaning the country off heavy dependence on outsiders; the role of Ghanaians in the economic development processes; what specific policy prescriptions and interventions have been put in place to create the country that Ghanaians dream about.

The sixth edition of the GEF 2017, will bring together over 500 chief executives, investors and financial decision-makers to support the development of Ghanaian businesses and facilitate dialogue between the private and public sectors.

The two-day forum will take a critical look at energy, agriculture, entrepreneurship and innovation, the financial management reforms, and other areas crucial to the development of the economy of Ghana.

Each session is expected to be preceded by an opening presentation which will take an in-depth look at the topic after which panelists will proffer solutions.

The forum’s influential focus group discussions will touch on various issues affecting different sectors of the economy. This year, the Forum is seeking to build on the important pillars of success that has been achieved over the years.

The forum will debate on whether the Ghanaian economy and current development framework allows the citizens to fully own the economy and the development process through effective participation in the economic decision-making process and through the implementation of policies which offer incentives to Ghanaians.

Ghana Economic Forum, organised by the Business and Financial Times (B&FT), is officially endorsed by the Government of Ghana as part of Ghana’s 60th independence celebrations.

Since 2012, the Ghana Economic Forum has rallied some of the country’s most remarkable minds, to discuss, debate and gain insights needed to advance the economy of Ghana.