Ghanaians in the diaspora have been encouraged to come to Ghana to explore the numerous business opportunities the upstream petroleum industry presents. Speaking at the Oil and Gas SME Networking Session organized by the Ghana Houston Business Chamber during a panel discussion, Chief Executive Officer of Petroleum Commission, Mr. Egbert Faibille Jnr. said although the upstream sector is evolving, it seeks to create a fair and equitable competition in credible manner.
The session afforded Ghanaians in the diaspora the platform to understand the country’s oil and gas sector and collaborate with Ghanaian SME’s in the upstream sector to tap into opportunities
Stressing on the importance of regulation (L.I 2204), the CEO of the Commission indicated the need for diasporans to drive the Ghanaian economy is paramount. “A conducive environment will be created for the diasporas to invest in the various sectors of the economy,” he said.
He further explained the processes involved in registering with the Commission as well as the importance of Joint Venture agreements and protocols in the industry.
Sharing his experience on how he overcame challenges relating to settling and operating business in Ghana a decade ago when he decided to move to Ghana, the Country Manager of Kosmos Energy, Dr. Joe Mensah indicated that diasporans willing to operate businesses in the oil and gas industry in the country should avoid the negative perceptions and imbibe the “I-can-do-it” attitude.
Director of Local Content of the Commission, Mr. Kwaku Boateng said in a submission: “Local Content is a catalyst for development and offers opportunities for local companies and creates opportunities. Therefore, as a Commission, we are committed to ensure that players in the industry play critical roles and make significant impact in the industry.”
The Ghana-Houston Business Chamber is made up of Ghanaians in Houston. The Chamber seeks to foster partnerships aimed at promoting trade and investment between both countries.