MTN, Ghana’s leading Telecommunications Company and Business World, Ghana’s foremost business magazine have announced that Rosa Whitaker, a world renowned expert on trade and investment in Africa will be key speaking at the 8thMTN Business World Executive Breakfast meeting.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel on the 21st of June, 2013 at 8:30amon the theme: “Positioning your business for investment”. Other speakers include Reginald France, CEO Boulders Advisors (a specialized consulting firm providing Investment banking Services).

All growing businesses have a need for investments. How they attract such investments however is a complex and carefully weighted decision. With a growing Ghanaian economy and an increasing inflow of Foreign Direct Investment into Ghana, several companies are positioning themselves to take full advantage of the opportunities that the market presents.

However access to good long term capital for expansion still remains a challenge. Several options remain open to Ghanaian businesses including listing on the Ghanaian or other Stock exchanges or entering into joint venture with international partners.

The latter option is one where most Ghanaian companies seem to have a challenge. Tapping from the expertise of leading trade and investment experts, the 8th breakfast series will seek to fully explore this topic by using examples of successful companies that have managed this feat in Ghana and Africa.

Rosa Whitaker is the CEO and President of the Whitaker Group, a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy specializing in trade and investment in Africa. She previously served as the first ever Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa in the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

In this capacity, she developed and implemented the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and other bilateral and multilateral trade policy initiatives towards Africa. In 2010, Whitaker was named one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers.

Mr. France is the President of the Ghana Securities Industry Association and has served as a pension and investment consultant for various public and private pension funds in the United States, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana with assets under consulting of $1.7 billion. His knowledge in the financial markets includes providing investment banking, advisory services to both public and private companies in the United States and Ghana.

Speaking on the choice of the theme Kofi Mangesi CEO of Business World said “Rosa brings a wealth of knowledge that makes this event a life changing one for all serious executives on how to get your finances right.”

The Executive Breakfast series which is in its third year, has become the leading platform for executive briefings, networking and business matching platform for CEOs, senior management professionals, entrepreneurs’ in Ghana.

Commenting on the importance of the series, Rahul De, CMO of MTN, said “As an industry leader, MTN considers this engagement a rare privilege. Rosa Whitaker is an authority in Investment in Africa and we’re delighted to have her.

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