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IMANI and the International Diplomatic Missions

Follow our Founder and CEO, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe on his meetings and engagements with various members of the International diplomatic community!
  • So this afternoon (19th February, 2020), I gave a talk to Swiss diplomats and business owners in Ghana on expectations of the Ghanaian economy in 2020. Interesting stuff. Great people, great conversations and great business opportunities.


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  • At the invitation of the Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Ghana, I met with the Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Abdelouahed Bekki to pick up our ‘stagnant’ relationship of close collaboration in mutually beneficial areas. IMANI already collaborates with two prestigious Moroccan think tanks, The Amadeus Institute and OCP Policy Centre. IMANI has jointly published papers and organised regional economic meetings with them in Ghana and Morocco.


  • South Korean Ambassador, H.E Kim Sungsoo shared this photo with me after we met to discuss important trade and business issues between South Korea and government of Ghana.



  • H.E. Fumio Shimizu, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Africa Union paid a two hour call on yours truly to discuss Africa Union’s agenda for engaging partners. Japan is interested in making meaningful investment in Africa , especially in the Small and Medium enterprises but for big ticket transformational projects like infrastructure, it wants to engage Africa within a transparent procurement process undergirded by a trusting public-private partnership framework. Japan worries that many African countries are saddling themselves with debts. Mounting debts in Africa are preventing many countries from drawing a $30bn Japanese credit line. The uptake has been slower. The other big subject we discussed was education, practical education and how Japan made use of practical skills building to leapfrog the industrial revolution. Finally we both wondered why the Africa Union Commission wants to do so many things instead of focusing on quick wins that defeats the excruciating unemployment in Africa. I promised him, I will also raise this concern when I finally sign the IMANI-AU MoU with the Commission that will explore areas of collaboration.







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