13 Danish firms that mostly operate in the fisheries sector have expressed interest to operate subsidiaries in the country or partner Ghanaian firms.
They include Anders Buus Refrigeration Service, Cimbric, Comet Trawl, Fishkeriskolen, Hercules and Ferskvandscentret.
Others are Hvide Sande, PC Yacht Services, Reftech Skagen Skipper Wintec and Skibselektro Thyboren.
This has become possible due to the B2B programme, a small but important part of Denmark’s support to Ghana’s Private Sector Development Strategy.
The programme aims at developing the private sector through long-term and mutually committing partnerships between Danish and Ghanaian companies.
Speaking at the Techchange Event 2010, Stig Barlyng, Danish Ambassador to Ghana said the fisheries sector has been identified as a potential area for cooperation between Ghanaian and Danish companies, adding that Denmark can offer advanced technology and know-how that would benefit the fisheries sector in Ghana.
He added that the event was a platform for Ghanaian participants to take advantage of Danish technology and experience to develop their businesses as well as upgrade skills and technology.
“Ghana is a rapidly approaching the status of middle income country. This transformation signals an important change in our relations. I believe that Denmark has a lot to offer in that respect.”
Through advisory and economic support, the B2B programme encourages companies in developing countries and Denmark to establish long-term, commercially viable partnerships.
Danida’s B2B programme is part of the Danish development cooperation that seeks to help reduce poverty by promoting economic growth and social development in developing countries.
The fisheries sector contributes significantly to the socio-economic development of the nation as it accounts for 4.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
By Charles Nixon Yeboah
Date: Monday, 01 November 2010