On The Road
Thousands of people travel to Africa for business every day. Club Africa meets with and follows business travelers on the road in Africa and asks them about their experiences
"Keep an open mind"
Ghana: James Learmonth
Thousands of people travel to Africa for business every day. This month Flying Blue Club Africa visited the capital of Ghana, to meet some of these business travelers and discover their experiences in the country so far.
Could you introduce yourself?
“My name is James Learmonth from Edinburg, Scotland. I am an Environmental Health Coordinating Adviser working with KOSMOS Energy at the Jubilee oil reserve at Sekondi – Takoradi about 60km offshore from the coast of Ghana.”
What is the purpose of your visit?
“I will be representing the integrated Jubilee Team in Ghana who work together with others to support offshore activities. I am also involved in the subsea program for Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).”
Have you visited Africa for business purposes before?
“This is my second visit to Africa. During my first visit in 2005 I went to Mauritania for similar business activities, relating to oil and also delivering an FPSO. Comparatively Mauritania is much poorer than Ghana. Ghana surprises me, they are very friendly and have an adequate educational system. I believe there is a lot to be gained in infrastructure however. And I am hoping revenue generated from the oil fields will be used to improve the quality of education, health care, human resources and more.”
What advice to you have for Flying Blue Club Africa members doing business in Africa?
“Well, this is a difficult question. Either way people who come to Ghana or Africa for business purposes must come with an open mind. Let me add that there is a need for them to satisfy all legal business requirements and to be fair to all as much as possible.”
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