PAST EVENTS

Sierra Leone in Canada: Trade, Tourism and Investment Attraction

Consistent with our mission to deepen trade, investment and innovation linkages, in 2019, EIIA organized a nine-day trade mission to help the Government of Sierra Leone identify and meet potential Canadian investors and partners in the tourism industry. Leveraging its track record of delivering robust outcomes in economic development, internationalization and innovation – through public-private partnerships – key stakeholders from government, industry, academia and the civic sector were convened by EIIA.

The delegation from Sierra Leone to Canada was led by the Honourable Minister for Tourism and Cultural Affairs, Dr. Memunatu Pratt. Among others, the Minister and her team met with key Canadian stakeholders and forged several beneficial partnerships to help revitalize the tourism sector.

From Parks Canada and Algonquin College School of Hospitality and Tourism to the Port of Montreal Cruise Terminal and Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, among others, many mutually beneficial outcomes were created in a collaborative environment.

Ghana in Canada: Trade, FDI and Innovation

Leveraging its track record of delivering robust outcomes in economic development, internationalization and innovation – through public-private partnerships – EIIA completed a research project followed by a seminar co- hosted with Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Titled “Africa’s Emerging Economy: Increasing Tourism Opportunities after Ghana’s 2019 Year of Return,” key stakeholders from government, industry, academia and the civic sector were in attendance.

Among others, the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, Mr. Kofi Grant, and the High Commissioner of Ghana to Canada, His Excellency J. Ayikoi Otoo, participated in the event.

Consistent with our mission to deepen trade, investment and innovation linkages, EIIA conducted background research and analysis to help identify and streamline trade and FDI opportunities for key stakeholders.

Canada-Morocco Sustainable Energy and Maritime Cooperation

Located on the Strait of Gibraltar, about 40 km east of the Moroccan city of Tangier, the Port of Tanger Med is the largest port both in Africa and on the Mediterranean in terms of capacity. Built in 2007, Tanger Med is a transshipment hub and global logistics gateway connected to more than 180 ports worldwide.

With over 1,100 companies and more than $US5.9 billion in annual exports turnover in a wide range of sectors, a research agenda was developed to understand the potential of this industrial hub as an economic engine for the region – particularly in the context of technological solutions to advance supply chains on the continent through port digitalization for increased connectivity and trade facilitation.

The EIIA Board of Directors led by Chair Dr. Fred Olayele and Director of Partnerships Ms. Sherry Lee recently visited Tanger Med and took a tour of the facility. They later visited the Moroccan cities of Rabat and Casablanca where they were hosted by the Moroccan Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development, Mr. Aziz Rabbah.