Vodafone to enhance Small and Medium Scale Enterprises

Accra- Vodafone Ghana has pledged its commitment to support actors in the Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (SME) as they contribute immensely to the promotion of socio-economic development in the country.

Mrs Angela Mensah-Opoku, Head of Vodafone Business Solutions said Vodafone had found the need to support and recognise the great work being done by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to change the economic outlook of the country.

She said Vodafone had become the nerve-centre in the journey of equipping them with bespoke technological solutions whilst endowing them with skills and knowledge to become future multinationals and local corporates.

It will soon no longer be enough to be called an SME – the real measure will be how impactful and scalable a company has become, she said.

Mrs Mensah-Opoku made these known to the media during the Vodafone sponsored SMEGA 2018, an award ceremony to honour actors in the SMEs for their contribution to socio-economic development.

She said the event had been organised at the time that there were uncertainties in some parts of the economy, particularly due to the imbalances and deterioration in the financial services sector.

She said immense pressure was mounting on key regulators of the country’s businesses as they grapple with issues of corporate governance and profitability, adding that, I know some of our businesses are going through some difficulties as we speak; especially due to tighter regulations in accessing finance and other services.

She said Vodafone together with other organisers of the programme would continue to advocate for government not to renege on its commitment to keeping the SME space afloat at all times since it is the backbone of the country.

Our commitment to developing SMEs in the country by offering them innovative solutions remain unchanged. Currently SMEs make up 25 per cent our Enterprise revenue portfolio whilst commanding about 60 per cent in terms of volumes. We are looking forward to enhancing our base even further as we look to securing corporate leadership in this space, she added.

She advised players and owners in the SME space to be aware of and understand the pressing demands of today’s hyper-connected workforce and be prepared to adopt new and more dynamic ways of working.

She said connectivity; super-fast internet, agility and the increasing importance of mobile devices had become the tools for the modern workplace; transforming and bringing a new dynamism to the way everyone works and interacts.

SMEs need to be confident in confronting and embracing these trends then if they are to survive, she said.

Among the Business Entities that won awards were Learning Organisation, Digicut Production and Advertising, Nyonkopa Cocoa Buying Limited, Samba Foods Yesli Clothing, Western Global Technology Limited, Jenesus Clothing, Sterling International Limited, Zeno Youghurt, Francis Aluminium Company and Yumzaa Anest Enterprise.

The categories under which nominees were awarded included Overall Best SME of the year, SME Achievers Award, Agro Commodity Trade Recognitions Awards, SME Community Impact Award, Trade Sector Award, Agribusiness and Product Innovation Awards, SME Rising Star Award, SME Woman Entrepreneur and SME Researchers Awards.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Engineer calls for total paradigm shift towards skills development

Tema, Mr Christian Agordah, an Engineer and the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation/Coordinator, National Anti-corruption Action Plan (NACAP, National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) has called for a total paradigm shift towards skills development.

He said the paradigm shift towards skills development would enable skills, provided by industry and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems to be able to effectively respond and deal with the youth unemployment in the nation.

He urged the Government to prioritise skills development as the ultimate solution to the youth unemployment in the country.

Mr Agordah made the appeal at the sixth graduation ceremony of Weekend’s Vocational Institute in Tema.

The event, which was on the theme “Responding to the Three Basic Necessities of Life: Food, Clothing and Shelter through Skills Empowerment”, saw 24 students graduated in Catering, Cakes and Sugar Craft, Event Planning and Decoration, Millinery and Pastries.

So far, the Institute, which was founded seven years ago with one student, had now trained 99 students.

Mr Agordah said responding to the three basic necessities of life through skills empowerment could be seen developing the talent or expertise of the individual in order to grant them the power or authority to perform a task or job in an identified area of profession or trade in order to provide food, clothing and shelter for oneself and others.

He explained that this eventually would lead to reduction in poverty.

He said skills truly brings empowerment to individuals by providing the basic necessities of life.

He said skills empowerment was not limited to only the hard skills, but included good understanding of soft skills such as leadership and management skills.

With regards to skills training, Mr Agordah appealed to authorities of training institutions to ensure that adequate career counselling was provided to prospective trainees to guide their career choices.

He also suggested that stakeholders must ensure that the curriculum for training was industry-led.

He advised the graduating students to take the skills they had acquired very seriously and ensure that they meet the basic necessities of life.

Mrs Angelina Banson, Founder, Weekend’s Vocational Institute, said the students after successfully completing their courses had the privilege of acquiring NVTI Certificates; declaring that “indeed the graduating Class of 2018 is the first of such beneficiaries”.

To the graduating students, Mrs Banson said: “You’ve made it. This is a major step in life, one that should be recognised for it’s immense significance. It is not only of personal commitment but also one of pride.”

“You’ve all worked hard to get to this day and your efforts did not go waste. A skill is a wonderful tool in this world, one that opens doors and opportunities for anyone who is lucky enough to get one. But graduation is not an end but part of a long journey in life,” she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Engineer calls for total paradigm shift towards skills development

Tema, Mr Christian Agordah, an Engineer and the Head of Monitoring and Evaluation/Coordinator, National Anti-corruption Action Plan (NACAP, National Vocational Training Institute (NVTI) has called for a total paradigm shift towards skills development.

He said the paradigm shift towards skills development would enable skills, provided by industry and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems to be able to effectively respond and deal with the youth unemployment in the nation.

He urged the Government to prioritise skills development as the ultimate solution to the youth unemployment in the country.

Mr Agordah made the appeal at the sixth graduation ceremony of Weekend’s Vocational Institute in Tema.

The event, which was on the theme “Responding to the Three Basic Necessities of Life: Food, Clothing and Shelter through Skills Empowerment”, saw 24 students graduated in Catering, Cakes and Sugar Craft, Event Planning and Decoration, Millinery and Pastries.

So far, the Institute, which was founded seven years ago with one student, had now trained 99 students.

Mr Agordah said responding to the three basic necessities of life through skills empowerment could be seen developing the talent or expertise of the individual in order to grant them the power or authority to perform a task or job in an identified area of profession or trade in order to provide food, clothing and shelter for oneself and others.

He explained that this eventually would lead to reduction in poverty.

He said skills truly brings empowerment to individuals by providing the basic necessities of life.

He said skills empowerment was not limited to only the hard skills, but included good understanding of soft skills such as leadership and management skills.

With regards to skills training, Mr Agordah appealed to authorities of training institutions to ensure that adequate career counselling was provided to prospective trainees to guide their career choices.

He also suggested that stakeholders must ensure that the curriculum for training was industry-led.

He advised the graduating students to take the skills they had acquired very seriously and ensure that they meet the basic necessities of life.

Mrs Angelina Banson, Founder, Weekend’s Vocational Institute, said the students after successfully completing their courses had the privilege of acquiring NVTI Certificates; declaring that “indeed the graduating Class of 2018 is the first of such beneficiaries”.

To the graduating students, Mrs Banson said: “You’ve made it. This is a major step in life, one that should be recognised for it’s immense significance. It is not only of personal commitment but also one of pride.”

“You’ve all worked hard to get to this day and your efforts did not go waste. A skill is a wonderful tool in this world, one that opens doors and opportunities for anyone who is lucky enough to get one. But graduation is not an end but part of a long journey in life,” she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

US First Lady Continues Africa Goodwill Tour

U.S. first lady Melania Trump continues the first leg of her week-long tour of the African continent Wednesday — her first major solo international trip since moving into the White House in 2017.

Mrs. Trump passed out blankets and teddy bears to newborn infants and their mothers at a hospital in Ghana’s capital, Accra, shortly after her arrival Tuesday.

‘Be Best’ campaign

The first lady is using her visits to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt to further expand and promote her “Be Best” initiative that focuses on children’s overall well-being.

Her goodwill tour comes several months after a public firestorm over President Donald Trump’s reported use of a vulgar term to describe the continent, triggering accusations of racism.

“The trip by the first lady I think will show that Americans, American policy, and the administration are all multi-faceted and are considerably more than two or three tweets,” John Campbell, a senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told VOA.

But Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says a more important factor will overshadow Melania Trump’s visit to Africa.

“Given that this is in extraordinary times with the sense, that the President’s not engaging on Africa and has disparaging views about the continent, I think it has an opportunity to have a positive effect,” Devermont said. “The bigger question though is that it is taking place when there are questions about what the broader strategy is. And I think that’s going to be difficult for the first lady”

US Aid cuts

The Trump administration called for significant cuts in humanitarian aid programs for Africa in its budget proposals, but those cuts were blocked by Congress.

Melania Trump’s African itinerary also includes Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

Source: Voice of America

US First Lady Continues Africa Goodwill Tour

U.S. first lady Melania Trump continues the first leg of her week-long tour of the African continent Wednesday — her first major solo international trip since moving into the White House in 2017.

Mrs. Trump passed out blankets and teddy bears to newborn infants and their mothers at a hospital in Ghana’s capital, Accra, shortly after her arrival Tuesday.

‘Be Best’ campaign

The first lady is using her visits to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt to further expand and promote her “Be Best” initiative that focuses on children’s overall well-being.

Her goodwill tour comes several months after a public firestorm over President Donald Trump’s reported use of a vulgar term to describe the continent, triggering accusations of racism.

“The trip by the first lady I think will show that Americans, American policy, and the administration are all multi-faceted and are considerably more than two or three tweets,” John Campbell, a senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, told VOA.

But Judd Devermont, Africa program director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, says a more important factor will overshadow Melania Trump’s visit to Africa.

“Given that this is in extraordinary times with the sense, that the President’s not engaging on Africa and has disparaging views about the continent, I think it has an opportunity to have a positive effect,” Devermont said. “The bigger question though is that it is taking place when there are questions about what the broader strategy is. And I think that’s going to be difficult for the first lady”

US Aid cuts

The Trump administration called for significant cuts in humanitarian aid programs for Africa in its budget proposals, but those cuts were blocked by Congress.

Melania Trump’s African itinerary also includes Malawi, Kenya and Egypt.

Source: Voice of America