West Africa is growing at a pace of 7 % and three of the ten biggest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa can be found here. It was therefore very welcome when the bilateral Swedish-West African Chamber of Commerce and Culture launched its chamber together with CTS and other supporters on September 4th.
Short presentations were given by a broad range of stakeholders from business and media. HE Ambassador Benedict Onochie Amobi, from the Nigerian Embassy, was a key speaker. CTS Malin Dacke underlined the importance of strengthening the links between West Africa and Sweden.
More than 100 people participated in the launch event held at United Spaces and Chamber Trade offices. With great support of the Nigerian Embassy, which is the only West African embassy in Sweden, the participants could enjoy West African specialties such as pastries, fried rice and chicken along with beer brewed in Nigeria and some African wine.
We believe that the Chamber Trade way of cooperating with local chambers and other business member organizations is one of the best ways to build networks and capacity for the private sector. The launch of the Swedish-West African Chamber of Commerce and Culture provides a base for new and fruitful business relationships.