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The business culture in Ghana

By 9 mei 2018No Comments

Ghana is a country located in the west of Africa. It achieved independence in 1957 and was the first country in Sub Sahara Africa to do so. There are wide variety of languages in Ghana but English is the official language of the country.

Ghana shares boarders with three countries and the ocean. To the west of Ghana is the Ivory Coast, Togo is in the east, Burkina Faso is in the north and the Atlantic Ocean in the south. Ghana is accessible by Air, water and by road. Transportation from one place to the other in the country can also be by air, water or road.

The business culture in Ghana is different compared to the business culture in Europe. One of the things that is different in both Business cultures is time. Whereas Europeans are rigid with regards to time, Ghanaians are more laxed when it comes to time. Their approach to time is totally different.

Ghanaians are relationship oriented. During business transactions in Europe, people involved tend to go straight to the point and discuss matters at hand whereas people in Ghana like to exchange pleasantries and ask how their business counterparts are doing. They do this in an effort to know the person they are doing business with.

The dress code for business meeting is the same as in Europe. During initial business meetings, people in Ghana prefer to be addressed by their titles or surnames until they tell you it is okay to address them by their first name. When at a meeting, it is important to greet people on your right hand side to the left.