London to host first Tech in Ghana conference
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghanaian technology firms and innovators will have the opportunity to meet the investor community in the UK for the first time at the upcoming Tech in Ghana Conference (TIGC) scheduled for the month of February 2017. The Conference, which is expected to be addressed by the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, Adam Afriyie, will also have in attendance the CEO of WorldRemit’s Ismail Ahmed, Interpay’s Saqib Nazir, and Amar Hari of IPMC - Ghana’s biggest IT Company.
During an interview with Biztechafrica, the Chief Executive Officer for the UK –Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC), Tony Burkson, disclosed that the event would serve as a major platform where Ghana’s technology elite would be selling the various investment opportunities available within the country’s tech space to British companies who have an interest in investing in Ghana.
Tech in Ghana Conference London aims to raise awareness of Ghana’s tech ecosystem and boost the profile of the country’s industry leaders among UK investors, IT suppliers and the wider tech community. As well as provide an opportunity and platform for local-global partnerships between the two territories.
Organised by AB2020, the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) and TEDxAccra, with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Tech London Advocates Africa, TIGC London will take place on Monday 27th February; exactly a week before Ghana marks its 60th year of independence. The conference comes as the country embraces a recent government changeover led by President Nana Akufo-Addo, who has pledged to build the most business-friendly economy on the continent.
Over 100 tech leaders, experts and investors from the UK and Ghana private sector, Government officials and relative organisations are expected to attend the full day event featuring high pro le keynotes; a tech initiatives showcase, and panel discussions around Mobile & FinTech, Cyber Security & Regulation, Investment & Funding, and Internet & Digital.
Other participants in the conference include micro insurance company BIMA; Blockchain-powered land services platform BenBen; West Africa’s most popular incubator programme Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST); makerspace and innovation hub Kumasi Hive; and TLcom Capital TIDE Africa - the first international venture capital fund focused exclusively on technology enabled services and innovation for Sub-Saharan Africa. Sponsors include international remittance company WorldRemit, and Ghana-based ntech rm Interpay, while research specialists Asoko Insight’s Ghana team will present superior data around the country’s tech and investment landscape.
Mr. Burkson believes that Ghana has a booming technology eco-space which most experts agree will play a big role in transforming the economic fortunes of the nation. According to him the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce, has dedicated it available platforms to showcase Ghanaian companies and individuals that make up Ghana’s vibrant and dynamic tech ecosystem.