Take advantage of Commonwealth Investment Summit, CWEIC CEO to Ghanaian businesses

The upcoming Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit, is set to take place in London in late November, 2023

The CEO of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC), Rosie Glazebrook has said the council is more than prepared to make Ghanaian businesses a preferred choice at this year’s Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit (CTIS).

The summit is scheduled to take place from 27 to 28 November 2023 in London.

Speaking to the media, Glazebrook called on Ghanaian businesses to seize the opportunity to network with new partners during the Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit.

“We have coming up in November the Commonwealth Trade and Investment Summit in London. I’m very much looking forward to a strong Ghanaian delegation from businesses here who can be part of an international gathering. Two prime ministers are already confirmed in the Commonwealth and many other ministers, and we very much expect to have strong Ghanaian involvement there,” she said.

“So, that is happening in London on 27 to 28 November followed by a Commonwealth Trade and Investment Forum in Malta on 5 and 6 February [2023] where again we expect another opportunity for Ghana and businesses who are looking at accessibility to Europe and how we can support that.”

“Where we’re different to other organisations is that we’re multilateral,” Glazebrook said. “So, we really came to help businesses here in Ghana work with partners; whether they’re in India, Australia or UK.”

For his part, the chairman of CWEIC Ghana office, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko outlined the processes businesses must undertake to participate in this year’s summit.

“It’s membership by invitation but it doesn’t depend on me liking how you look, but it’s about how you fit into the vision, the values and virtues and what we seek to do as a Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, which primarily is to promote business and investment across the Commonwealth and beyond. Once that is your focus, you can come to the secretariat and we will process the membership,” he said.

“It’s by invitation what it means is that you cannot just write and say you want to but you can connect to them. Once they look at what we call due diligence, and they think that you fit, then they escalate the application to our boss here [Rosie Glazebrook] and then, they will take a decision from there but it is an exciting club to part of,” Otchere-Darko added.

“It is not a private members’ club, it’s a club that is open to promote businesses across the Commonwealth,” he added.

CWEIC is the Commonwealth’s business organisation and works under a mandate from Commonwealth Heads of Government to deliver the biannual Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF), which runs alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

CWEIC operates across the Commonwealth to strengthen trade and investment links between its fifty-six member states.

It works alongside around 150 business and government Strategic Partners to build connections and unlock investment opportunities and has relationships with globally recognised names such as Zenith Bank, Standard Chartered, and BP.


Reporting by Clankson Acheampong in Accra


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