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Africa Insight Series: Ghana – Gateway to Africa

U.S. Roadshow Featuring Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade & Industry, Republic of Ghana

T.H. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah Visits with Mr. Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola Company President

Right to Left: Ms. Aida Araissi, Founder & CEO of Bilateral Chamber, T.H. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade & Industry, Mr. Jack Webb, Honorary Consul General of the Consulate of Ghana in Houston, & Mr. John Brantley, Partner at Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP

T.H. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah and esteemed delegation visit and tour PodPonics farm, the largest and most innovate indoor farm in the U.S.

March 2-5. The Bilateral Chamber was honored to host The Honorable Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, Republic of Ghana, for a 4 -day U.S. roadshow encompassing the cities of Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX. This business-development mission included meetings and site visits with some of Atlanta’s and Houston’s most prominent public and private sector entities including: Coca-Cola, UPS, PodPonics, AGCO, Halliburton, M&H, HPI, Port of Houston Authority, Universal Weather & Aviation, Houston Airport System, among others. 

Among the many highlights of this U.S. roadshow was a breakfast briefing on Wednesday, March 4th, at Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP, featuring a keynote address by the Minister. This briefing offered participants first-hand insights into the ample opportunities available for U.S. companies looking to enter or expand into the thriving Ghanaian economy.

T.H. Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

The Honorable Minister Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah is a career diplomat with over 35 years of experience in diplomacy, government, banking, business, marketing and corporate communications, telecommunications and ICT development, and politics. He has worked in some of the most recognized development institutions in the world, including the World Bank Group and the African Development Bank.

From 2003- 2011, he was the first African CEO in 100 years of the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO). He is a leading member of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) party of Ghana.

Previously, The Honorable Dr. Spio Garbrah has worked as the Minister of Communications, Minister of Education and Minister of Mines & Energy during the administration of President Jerry John Rawlings in the Republic of Ghana. He has also served in various other roles for the NDC such as Director of Communication for Presidential Campaigns in the late 1990s. The Honorable Minister has also served as an Ambassador of Ghana to the U.S. and Mexico during the Bill Clinton Presidency, as a private entrepreneur and consultant, and as an International Executive at Hill & Knowlton, the world’s leading communications firm in New York City in the early 1980s.

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