The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Admiral IbokEkwe Ibadan (Rtd), has said that Ghana and Nigeria will continue to be the biggest economies in West Africa, contributing about 70 per cent to their Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Nigerian envoy who was speaking during a tour of APHRO Beverages, a beverage production company in Accra on Tuesday, ahead of its Palm Spirit drink product launch in Nigeria said, the partnership between Ghanaian beverage companies and Nigeria would help bridge the unemployment gap in Nigeria when it opens its branch there.
“We are going to be in a position to support, collaborate and see how far we can get this product out there. The raw materials ethanol and palm were in excess here in Ghana saying “we will collaborate and see how much we can explore the potential of the raw material and complement what comes from outside the country”.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of APHRO Beverages, Charles KojoBucknor, disclosed that APHRO Beverages started less than a year ago and had since won an award for the Spirit of the Year.
He continued that the palm spirit is a triple distilled drink with a smooth and premium infused with fruits, herbs and spices from the tropics.
According to him, the shareholders of the company consist of four Ghanaians, some from Angola, Kenya and Nigeria specifically PeterOkoye of P-Square fame.
When asked how the African ContinentalFree Trade Area (AfCFTA) would benefit his company, he said “the AfCFTA is relatively new, however, it will help us in penetrating the markets of other African countries and also we will benefit from the tax reliefs it comes with it”.
MrBucknor explained APHRO Beverages was less than a year old and had since won the “Best spirit drink” of the year drink and has managed to secure a partnership with GIHOC to produce its beverages. The partnership, he said, would go a long way to shape APHRO Beverages.
BY PHILOMINA OPPONG & JESSEL LARTEY THERSON-COFIE
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