The Italian Trade Agency in partnership with the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) has officially launched a scholarship package for Ghanaian agribusiness entrepreneurs under its Italy-Ghana Agribusiness Digital Lab project.
The Italy-Ghana Agribusiness Digital Lab seeks to bring together Italian and Ghanaian companies in the agribusiness sector to develop mutually beneficial business ties.
The highlight of the project will be a series of virtual business-to-business (B2B) meetings to be held on June 22, 2021, between Italian agribusiness companies and their Ghanaian counterparts.
The Ghanaian entrepreneurs who participate in the B2B meetings will then be given the opportunity to compete for two scholarships for the MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the UPSA. The postgraduate programme is offered in partnership with E4Impact Foundation – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan (Italy), starting in September 2021.
“Italy is a global agribusiness industry leader and has a number of household names in the supply of agribusiness inputs, machinery and technologies,” says Alessandro Gerbino, the ITA Director for West Africa.
“The Digital Lab project therefore aims to connect these Italian companies with Ghanaian firms along the agribusiness value chain, to facilitate commercial partnerships which will strengthen trade and investment between the two countries.”
Areas of focus include key areas such as Agricultural Machinery and Mechanisation, Logistics, Inputs and Agrochemicals, Irrigation, and Agro-Processing and Packaging, where about 27 Italian companies with expertise in these areas will be presented to the Ghanaian market.
This will further expose Ghanaian agribusiness entrepreneurs to Italian initiatives in agribusiness training and skills development.
The Digital Lab project is targeted at all Ghanaian enterprises operating along the agribusiness value chain such as input suppliers, farmers/growers, agricultural trading companies, agro-processors, and retailers.
The Italian Trade Agency is a governmental agency that supports the business development of Italian companies abroad and promotes the attraction of foreign investment in Italy.