Six Alberta companies participated in a mission to Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and Accra, Ghana from November 18-15, 2017. This mission profiled Alberta’s leadership in sustainable agricultural innovations around the areas of climate-smart agriculture, precision agriculture, and innovative agricultural practices. Companies included: Best Environmental Technologies; Campbell Scientific; Finn Lake Ltd.; Latium Trade and Agriculture; Latlogix; and Viresco Solutions.

Coordinated by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, companies promoted their technologies and expertise to key influencers in the region. Participants met with multiple International Financial Institution (IFI) representatives including the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank Group, as well as with private sector stakeholders and high-level government officials from both countries.

Companies also had the opportunity to network with private sector groups through organized private sector roundtable discussions in both countries. This gave the group firsthand insight into vast opportunities in both countries. This has already resulted in several of the Alberta companies signing joint venture agreements with Ghanaian-based firms to explore specific project opportunities.

“Alberta companies learned about the advantages of IFI-financed contracts and projects and the AfDB small grants program for innovative project ideas from emerging economy governments,” says Samuel Boateng, International Initiatives Officer, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.

“Companies also received information on opportunities from key influencers, including politicians, government staff, entrepreneurs, research institutes and IFIs,” says Boateng.

This mission was organized by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in collaboration with Global Affairs Canada, the World Bank’s Office of the Executive Director for Africa Group 2 and the Centre De Promotion Des Investissements En Cote D’Ivoire.

For more information on developing markets and cooperating with IFIs: Samuel Boateng, International Initiatives Officer 780-641-9839 samuel.boateng@gov.ab.ca