Since the signature of the Lomé Convention in 1975, the European Union and Ghana have engaged in an enriching cooperation relationship that builds on shared history and democratic principles. So much so that both parties undertook to foster trade and collaboration under the 2ⁿᵈ revision of the Cotonou Agreement in 2010 and the signing of the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) in 2016, which facilitates bilateral commercial exchanges.
These understandings reinforce Ghana’s position as a heavyweight player in the African continent and as a potential leader to spearhead the green transition and economic growth, as can be seen in the EU-GAP programme to stimulate sustainable economic growth in agriculture.
Meanwhile, the United Nations proclaimed 20 November to be Africa Industrialisation Day to pinpoint the importance of industrialisation in the African continent. This initiative matches the UN endeavours under the Industrial Development Decades for Africa, which aim to bring Africa to the forefront of sustainable and inclusive development.
During the Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21), Africa launched the ambitious African Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) aiming at producing 300GW of electricity by 2030. This is a demonstration of Africa’s leadership in UN climate negotiations.
On the eve of Africa Industrialisation Day, Finnova Foundation is holding a webinar (in English) on 19 November at 16:00 CEST/14:00 Ghana time to spotlight the development of the energy and mobility industry in Ghana and to promote innovative projects implemented in Africa.
Speakers will skim over EU-Ghana cooperation as well as entrepreneurship, innovation and education as a means to actively engage youth in present and future challenges. Similarly, panelists will discuss two pivotal axes to ensure a comprehensive green transition: sustainable mobility and renewable energies. Lastly, the role of EU funds and financing will be acknowledge as a way to fast-track the EU’s and Ghana’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and SDGs. In this regard, Startup Europe Awards can contribute to all these objectives by prompting public-private partnerships.
This event is meant for anyone wishing to find out more about the opportunities offered by the EU and Ghana. If you represent a public or private institution, if you run a business, if you are a student or if you have innovative or disruptive ideas, join us by registering here: