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South African Business Delegation to Visit Ghana

The South African High Commission will be hosting a delegation of 26 companies from South Africa in sectors such as Automotive, Pharmaceuticals & Cosmetics, Steel & Metal Fabrication, Energy, Construction products, ICT, Electro Technical, Agro Processing (Wine), Medical Devices, Mining and Capital Equipment.

Programme for this mission will include a Business Seminar, Business to Business Meetings and Project Visits from 27th March to 29th March 2019 at the Labadi Beach Hotel.


Please contact Mr. Stephen Kotey for more information and confirmation of your participation. 


Stephen Kotey

Marketing Officer

South African High Commission

PO Box TF 298

Trade Fair, La - Accra, Ghana

Mobile: +233 249 113 750

             +233 544 330 168

Office:  +233 302 740 450

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Africa Automation Fair 2019

Africa Automation Fair is the premier focused platform for the Automation and Smart Control Industry in Africa; working closely with industry associations including the Industrial Instrumentation Group (IIG) Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) and Technews Publishing making it the leading event in the African market.

Discover the latest innovations in Industrial Automation together with technologies that emerge from Industry 4.0. at the second edition of the Connected Industries Conference, experience the advanced connected industries of the future.

With the growing scope of the show and changes in the industry, the 2019 exhibition will see the inclusion of IIoT, Industry 4.0, AI, VR, Robotics, Disruptive Technologies and an expanding focus on Infosecurity to name a few.

4 – 6 June 2019 – Tue | Wed |Thur


Ticketpro Dome, Northgate, Johannesburg


Register online for free entry to the Fair


Why Africa Automation Fair 2019

If you are thinking about the following then you need to be at Africa Automation Fair 2019

  • Technical assistance
  • Interoperability of components
  • Are you keeping up with Industry 4.0
  • Is Africa ready for digital transformation
  • Is Education Keeping Up With Industry 4.0
  • Does Industry 4.0 help my business? How?
  • Do you  have the required  skills and education
  • Embrace  Industry 4.0 or risk being  left behind
  • Making Sense of and Making Progress with Industry 4.0
  • Are you using your technology to the best of its abilities?
  • Looking to reduce downtime, improve product quality or streamline asset maintenance

Africa Automation Fair Value Proposition


  • All the key players on one floor enables you to compare products, technologies and solutions
  • Discover ways automation can benefit you and when and how to integrate it
  • Find solutions and innovations to current challenges within Automation
  • Connected Industries Conference - Spotlight on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the impact it will have on the South African economy
  • Industry skills and knowledge - There is no better place to grow your business using knowledge gained on the show floor
  • 3 free Workshops to get access to product education and skills
  • Our exhibitors showcase the latest technologies and innovations which allows you to keep up to date with the latest trends
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities


The Colombian National Trade Office, ProColombia, will be organizing the Bicentennial edition of the Business Matchmaking Forum, to be held in Bogota, from April 03 to 05, 2019.

The event is expected to bring together more than 3,000 entrepreneurs, exporters, buyers and business people from various countries around the world.

The Business Matchmaking Forum is one of the most important commercial actions of ProColombia, which is part of the strategy to take advantage of the Free Trade Agreements, diversifying the markets and promoting the exports of Colombian companies.


The Colombian Supply with internationalization potential includes:

·       Agribusiness,

·       Metal-mechanics

·       Chemicals

·       Industries 4.0 and

·       Apparel and Accessories


The International commercialization companies called to attend the Bicentennial business matchmaking forum are:

·       Distributors (foreign Buyer who buys Colombian  products  and  sells  them abroad to a retailer).

·       Retail (large retail companies that the exporter might contact directly).

·       E-commerce (companies that sell directly to the final consumer and/or companies doing business with other through an online platform).

·       Public purchases (companies that belong or do business with the Government).


This forum will provide participants with the opportunity to prearrange their agenda, selecting from more than 3,000 Colombian companies that will be attending the forum. The forum also offers flexibility, competitiveness and quality from Colombian exporters. Additionally, the existing Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and Colombia has established a 0% rate on imports allowing additional ease of doing business.


ProColombia invites interested members of the Ghanaian Business Community to register to participate as a Buyer by 14th February 2019, through the weblink below, and schedule business appointments with the Colombian exporters:


If a Buyer's registration is successful and confirmed, ProColombia will provide a refund of up to USD $1,000.00 per company/organization, towards the international return flight ticket of the Buyer. Costs of hotel accommodation and other expenses will be borne by the Buyer.


For further information, kindly contact the Embassy on 0302 798701/2, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







In addressing the delays encountered in acquiring permits by private businesses, the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) has recommended a single platform where all services pertaining to permits and certificates would be offered.

In an interview at a one-day workshop to validate draft Service Delivery Charters of selected regulatory agencies on Wednesday in Accra, the President of PEF, Nana Osei Bonsu said following the completion draft Service Delivery Charter, businesses will be able to acquire permits and other relevant documents faster and easier.

Currently, most private businesses face a major issue of permit acquisition delays which stifles their productivity.

According to the Federation, businesses suffer unnecessary deferrals in the acquisition of permits, licenses and certificates, where in some cases, processes that should be completed in a week took several months to complete.

Bonsu observed that it’s not only because these agencies don’t want to do the job, but due to they being constrained by the access to adequate logistics.

“It is disruptive to business, said Osei Bonsu. “So if we have a common platform for all of the agencies and we have an IT system where businesses can do licensing from the comfort of their homes and pay the requisite fee into a bank account, it would reduce the interface between people.”

“Once you reduce that, you reduce the option or opportunity for somebody to demand for money or from extorting money from private businesses, he stated.

Delays among other obstacles associated with the acquisition of permits, licenses and certificates add to the cost of doing business.

“If the system was efficient and you could do it from home you would not have to interface with anybody. So, we are looking at the efficiency and the delivery of this service based upon the charges that the agencies themselves have put together.” He said.


PEF Conducts Nationwide Consultative Workshops on Tax Reforms for MSMEs




The Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), the Apex Business Council for the private sector and as part of its core functions seeks to influence business growth and development. In pursuit of this function PEF in 2016 reviewed the Income Tax Act 2015 (ACT 896), which revealed series of gaps in the Act unfavorable to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). The burden of taxes on these indigenous small businesses constrain their ability to use all their internally generated funds for expansion and or retooling to grow and become competitive. The cost of tax compliance sometimes result in some businesses being derilict in their responsibility resulting in low levels of tax revenues to Government.

In order to fully address the impact of the current tax regime on the businesses of indigenous MSMEs, the Federation with support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) will partner other stakeholders to undertake full research of every aspect of the current tax system in addition to the mirage of fees, levies and tariffs that these business have to pay when added together, make tax compliance virtually unaffordable for the MSMEs.

The entire project including research and evaluation action will allow the Federation and its partners to advocate for a new ta system (TIERED TAX SYSTEM) that will be recommended. Consequently, businesses in different segmented categories (1,2,3,4 etc.) will then be assessed tax liabilities. The criteria for the new tax system will take into consideration varying factors premised among others, on asset size, capitalization, ownership, business turnover and other criteria that may be agreed upon by the various stakeholders to place MSMEs in segmented to reduce the burdensome tax liabilities commensurate to their financial capabilities (ability to pay). 

As part of the process, a Research Team put together by the Federation embarked on a consultative exercise to gather inputs from private sector businesses, professional bodies and other key experts and stakeholders across the four regional centres as follows;

1. 18th October, 2018- Modern City hotel, Tamale

2. 22nd October, 2018- Golden Tulip hotel, Kumasi

3. 26th October, 2018- Protea Marriot hotel, Takoradi

4. 31st October, 2018- Holiday Inn hotel, Accra

During the meetings, the participants mostly MSMEs expressed their opinions on the current tax system and how they think it should be structured to such that it would be less burdensome and they can also be more compliant. The research team led by Mr. Isaac Nyame a tax accountant, took them through a questionnaire which was used to collect data from respondents and also a presentation on the Ghana’s tax system comparative to other countries or jurisdictions. Participants were satisfied with the outcome of the meeting with many calling for more regular interactions with taxpayers especially from the Ghana Revenue Authority.




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