The CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre has been named Africa’s best CEO in the category of National Investment Promotion. This was at the 2021 Africa’s Most Respected CEOs’ Awards, which came off in Dubai. The awards ceremony was under the theme “The role of the African Corporate Pacesetter in maximising the opportunities offered by the AfCFTA”.
About Yofi Grant Reginald Yofi Grant was appointed CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre in February 2017 by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in February 2017. He is also a renowned Ghanaian investment banker with over 30 years of extensive work experience in banking and finance.
Having served in various capacities in corporate finance and advisory, corporate banking, and marketing, Mr Grant has broad knowledge and great exposure in the African financial markets and has cultivated strong relationships with international private equity funds, portfolio and investment managers, and brokerage funds. He was responsible for the development and implementation of AAF SME Fund LLC, one of the largest agriculture SME funds in Sub-Sahara Africa, and helped achieve their first close of US$30million.
After an illustrious career in Investment banking spanning over a decade, he was elected to the Steering Board of the World Association of Investment Promotion Associations (WAIPA) to represent Sub-Saharan Africa in 2019. He is also a council member of the Continental Business Network of the African Union which advises African governments on private sector finance and infrastructure.
Aside from the many distinguished positions held by Yofi Grant, Yofi is partner and co-founder to several companies including Grant Dupuis Investment Limited, a real estate investment advisory firm, and Coldwell Banker Ghana, a company that holds the master franchise license for Coldwell Banker (of the Realogy Group in New Jersey, the USA, the world’s largest real estate organization) for Ghana and Nigeria.
About GIPC The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) is Ghana’s premier investment attraction and promotion agency under the Office of the President. Guided by the GIPC Act 2013 (Act 865), its vision is to “make Ghana the first destination of choice for investing in Africa by providing seamless one-stop-shop high value-added services.”
As part of its mandate, the functions of the Centre include:
Formulating investment promotion policies and plans, incentives, and marketing strategies to attract both foreign and local investments
Initiating and supporting measures that will enhance the investment climate for our Ghanaian and non-Ghanaian enterprises
Organizing and participating in promotional activities such as exhibitions, conferences, and seminars to stimulate investment
Collecting, collating, analyzing, and disseminating information about investment opportunities and sources of investment capital, incentives available to investors, and go the extra mile to provide advisory services to investors.
About the Awards Africa’s Most Respected CEOs’ Awards is organized by the Business Executive Ltd that publishes “leading periodical magazine covering economy, business, finance, investment and socio-economic development in West Africa.” According to the Business Executive, “Africa’s Most Respected CEOs Awards are an awards scheme which seeks to identify and publicly recognize the CEOs in Africa who are the most respected by the continent’s public on a sector by sector basis; and the most publicly respected CEOs in each country. “