Ambassador Hosts Reception to Launch BCIU Ghana Competitiveness Forum

Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and Mrs. Babette “Babs” Jackson welcome His Excellency, Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia to their residence on October 23, 2017.

On October 23, Ambassador Robert P. Jackson and Mrs. Babette “Babs” Jackson hosted a reception to launch the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) Ghana Competitiveness Forum. The event was attended by Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Mahamudu Bawumia; President and CEO of BCIU Mr. Peter Tichansky; senior members from the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) and Ghanaian business community; and others.  In his remarks, the Ambassador thanked the Business Council for International Understanding and noted that since its creation in 1955 at the initiative of President Eisenhower, BCIU has helped to foster ties between U.S. businesses and governments to promote understanding and partnerships around the world.

Tomorrow’s BCIU Competitiveness Forum is actually the third such forum in Ghana — the last was in 2013 — and I think this is a great time to renew the discussion on competitiveness, as the government embarks upon reforms with the goal to make Ghana the most investment and business-friendly country in Africa… We have dozens of companies represented here tonight, who operate in many key sectors in Ghana.  The innovative, high-quality goods and services that your companies sell are highly valued in this market.  For Ghanaians, American companies symbolize a commitment to quality, service, corporate responsibility, and strong ethics that is associated with our national character,” he said. Read the Ambassador’s full remarks here.