Regional Coordination, West Africa

Expand into West African Countries such as Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Senegal, Togo amongst others through our attractive tailored packages.

As of September 2018 the position of Regional Coordinator for the West African region was established. While the Regional Coordinator, Noémie Simon, is seated in the the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Accra, Ghana, she is also frequently present for business in the surrounding countries. The region currently comprises the countries Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon (Central Africa), Côte d’Ivoire, Guinée, Mali, Senegal and Togo, but might be extended to further countries in the region in the future. The main task of the Regional Coordinator includes leading all activities and representing the full spectrum of the service portfolio of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Ghana (AHK Ghana).

The Regional Coordinator is also in charge of supporting the Competence centres (Energy & Environment, Private Sector Development, TVET) in the coordination and implementation of projects in the francophone region. Since the creation of this department in September 2018, the focus was set on Côte d’Ivoire where we have organised several delegation trips. The opening of an office in Abidjan is also planned for 2019. Moreover, we have worked on different research and fact-finding projects, as well as on partner and contact research for different companies in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Cameroon, Togo and Germany.


Country Overview

Côte d'Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire, officially the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country located on the south coast of West Africa. Ivory Coast's political capital is Yamoussoukro in the center of the country, while its economic capital and largest city is the port city of Abidjan. It borders Guinea and Liberia to the west, Burkina Faso and Mali to the north, Ghana to the east, and the Gulf of Guinea (Atlantic Ocean) to the south.In Côte d'Ivoire, the odds are currently outweighing the risks. Nonetheless, the presence of German companies is increasing only very hesitantly.

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Benin

Benin is a West African country officially known as the Republic of Benin. Benin borders Nigeria to the east, Burkina Faso and Niger to the north, and Togo to the west. The country has a small coastal area on the Bight of Benin, where most of the population resides. Its capital is Porto-Novo, but Cotonou, the largest city, is the government seat. In the relatively small Benin, with just under twelve million inhabitants, only a few German companies are present. From there, companies have access to neighboring Nigeria with its 200 million people as well as the rest of francophone West Africa, with which Benin shares the euro-linked currency Franc CFA.

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Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres (105,900 sq mi) and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. The July 2018 population estimate by the United Nations was 19,751,651. Burkina Faso is a francophone country, with French as the official language of government and business. Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta (1958–1984), the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara. Its citizens are known as Burkinabé. Its capital is Ouagadougou.

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Cameroon

Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west and north; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Cameroon is not an ECOWAS member state, it is geographically and historically in West Africa with the Southern Cameroons which now form her Northwest and Southwest Regions having a strong West African history. The country is sometimes identified as West African and other times as Central African due to its strategic position at the crossroads between West and Central Africa. French and English are the official languages of Cameroon.

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Guinea

Guinea, officially the Republic of Guinea, is a west-coastal country in West Africa. Formerly known as French Guinea, the modern country is sometimes referred to as Guinea-Conakry in order to distinguish it from other countries with "Guinea" in the name and the eponymous region, such as Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea. Guinea has a population of 12.4 million and an area of 245,860 square kilometres (94,927 sq mi). Guinea offers various business opportunities for companies from Germany, currently in the field of bauxite mining. Nevertheless, Guinea is also a small and difficult market by African standards, which German companies operate almost exclusively from afar.

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Activities

All of the following mentioned activities are not only for German businesses towards the West African markets but also apply for West African businesses towards Germany:

  1. Market Entry Facilitation: we help bridge the gap between you and your potential business partners and allow you to explore business opportunities through AHK Ghana via organised business trips.
  2. Up-to-date information on diverse sectors of the economy of West African countries and Germany.
  3. Organisation and facilitation of leading international trade shows in Ghana and beyond.
  4. Organisation of economic and networking forums for the promotion of bilateral trade between West African countries and Germany.
  5. High-value market studies, trade information and sector reports
  6. Private and public stakeholder consultation on projects
  7. Facilitation of fact-finding missions and delegation trips from Germany to West-Africa as well as business trips from West Africa to Germany
  8. Support in assessing and identifying potential business partners and clients
  9. Organisation and facilitation of capacity building workshops, seminars, stakeholder conferences and B2B meetings