Behind Ghana and Nigeria’s love-hate affair
- Foreigners in Ghana can’t run small retail shops, but they can own wholesale firms or other businesses in which around $1m (£782,000) has been invested
- The law is intended to protect smaller local traders and those running small business like barbers or beauty salons, but is not always enforced
- Market traders have sometimes taken the law into their own hands, which prompted the authorities to do an audit of retail shops in August and close some Nigerian-run stalls
- Foreigners married to a Ghanaian are exempt from the laws – as are those in a business partnership with a Ghanaian
As the trade ministry try to resolve things, matters have assumed diplomatic dimensions.