The Sekondi-Takoradi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (STCCI) in collaboration with the Ghana Sicily Business Forum under the auspices of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) and the Municipality of Palermo have jointly agreed to launch a road show in the first week of June, 2023 to organize two (2) separate trade fairs and exhibition in Sekondi-Takoradi and Palermo as part of the effort to link and promote businesses in the two countries through the Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership Project (TCSPP). This decision was taken by the parties at a meeting in Palermo during the visit by a delegation from Sekondi-Takoradi on transnational exchange programme under the TCSPP. The meeting agreed to setup a five-member technical team to develop a work plan and coordinate the organization and promotion of both events. Formal launch of the trade promotion event will be held in Takoradi at a yet to be determined date and venue.
The events are expected to bring together businesses in the Sicilian Region of Italy and their counterparts across all the sixteen regions in Ghana to encourage, promote and facilitate trade and investment cooperation among the business communities in the two regions for mutual benefits. The focus of these events would primarily be on Tourism, Hospitality & Culture, Agriculture and Agro-processing, Textiles and Garments, Real Estate, Green and Climate Smart Business initiatives. Among the activities earmarked for the events include display of participants products and services, conferences and business-to-business exchange sessions.
The twinning agreement signed between the Sekondi-Takoradi and Palermo commits both cities to promote cultural, social and economic relations; exchange experiences in technical and administrative fields, environment, education, public health, energy planning and sustainable development. TCSPP is anchoring on this objective of both cities to promote and encourage establishment of cooperation among the players in the business communities, academia, cultural and arts in both cities within the next three (3) years. This is in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 17 which focuses on strong global partnerships and cooperation.
The Twin-Cities in Sustainable Partnership is European Union (EU) funded project being implemented in Sekondi-Takoradi and Palermo. Partners of the project are the Municipality of Palermo, Cooperazione Internazionale Sud Sud (CISS), Ghana Sicily Business Forum and Kumasi Technical University. The Project is geared towards addressing the challenges of rapid urbanization, climate change, exclusion, unemployment, irregular migration and preparedness to battle infectious disease outbreaks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.