Craftsmen and women schooled to compete on the international market

Accra, The National Commission on Culture (NCC) on Friday organised a capacity building seminar for some selected craftsmen and women in Accra to increase their readiness to compete with the international market.

The training, which formed part of this year’s ‘Zongofest’. Caterers, was attended by make-up artists, fashion designers, bead and bracelets makers as well as Kente weavers in the Zongo communities.

Mrs Alice Alima Kala, Acting Director of the National Commission on Culture, said the workshop was essential for the sensitisation of the participants to increase their sales through the exportation of their produce.

Mrs Kala explained that the ZongoFest had the aim of unleashing the potentials of the people in Zongo as well as erasing the perception that Zongos were hubs for indiscipline.

Facilitating the workshop, Mrs Theodora Froko, Head of Handicraft Department at the Ghana Export Promotion Authority urged participants to actively, seek knowledge to improve on what they do with and be abreast with the current trend of customer taste for their produce and maximise profit.

If you don’t learn from what is trending in the world, you will eventually fade out, Mrs Froko noted.

She said that export was an extension of local business saying, Before going into other countries, you must be knowledgeable about your targets and understand the market.

Mrs Froko indicated that the country’s biggest problem was bad attitude towards activities which had been translated to the work force, adding that it had negative effects on the image on business transactions with other nationals.

She enlightened participants on the need to establish trade links and develop positive attitude towards their work showing them the myriad of opportunities available outside the shores of the country.

Mrs Froko urged workers to treat all people in the market place with respect since their relationship with clients would either encourage or discourage them from coming back to do business with them.

She said for anyone to be successful in business, there must be the need to identify and know the targeted market or customers and ensure their satisfaction.

Once you are in the creative industry, the first thing is to know your client and design your products around them.

Ms Peace Kwablah, a make-up artist and a participant expressed her excitement about the workshop to the Ghana News Agency, saying that, she was now equipped with skills on how to expand her business.

Ms Afia Twumasi, a vendor of ‘peanut cake’ said she was now educated on how to package her products to attract buyers and the strategies to adopt in selling to the international market.

She reiterated the need to be self-disciplined and be polite especially in attending to customers.

An inventor of Frindosoccer game, Mr John Frimpong-Manso showcased a design of his locally made soccer product at the workshop where he said was gaining much attention in countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh and India.

Mr Frimpong-Manso stressed on how this game could help students at the High school in solving questions on probability and answering quiz questions on mathematics.

Source: Ghana News Agency

VISITING GHANAIAN PRESIDENT OPENS 53RD ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

NDOLA, ZAMBIA, Visiting Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has officially opened the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola, the capital of Copperbelt Province, with a call to African countries to add value to their natural resources as a means to steer industrialisation on the continent.

President Akufo-Addo said at the fair’s opening here Thursday that value addition and investing in human capital should be taken seriously by all African governments.

He noted too that African countries would only come out of their economic doldrums if they critically invested in the education sector.

President Akufo-Addo said African governments should also seriously harness the opportunities presented by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), adding that they should be promoted because they were the heartbeat of any economy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

VISITING GHANAIAN PRESIDENT OPENS 53RD ZAMBIA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR

NDOLA, ZAMBIA, Visiting Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has officially opened the 53rd Zambia International Trade Fair in Ndola, the capital of Copperbelt Province, with a call to African countries to add value to their natural resources as a means to steer industrialisation on the continent.

President Akufo-Addo said at the fair’s opening here Thursday that value addition and investing in human capital should be taken seriously by all African governments.

He noted too that African countries would only come out of their economic doldrums if they critically invested in the education sector.

President Akufo-Addo said African governments should also seriously harness the opportunities presented by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), adding that they should be promoted because they were the heartbeat of any economy.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

STAKEHOLDERS MEET TO CHART STRATEGIC PLAN FOR GHANA’S MINISTRY OF WATER AND SANITATION

ACCRA, A three-day stakeholders’ forum to chart a strategic plan for the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources now underway at Atimpoku in Eastern Region (Province), about 80 kilometres northeast of here, has brought together development partners and stakeholders in the water and sanitation sector.

The forum is expected to come out with a comprehensive and integrated strategic road map for the Ministry, says Kofi Adda, the Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, who notes that although previous governments have made efforts to bring water and improve sanitation to the people, there are still gaps in addressing these challenges.

Addressing the forum Thursday, he said leadership and lack of commitment were some of the deficiencies hampering the ability to address environmental issues in the country in a sustainable manner. The present government had created the Ministry to give focus and attention to these issues.

Lauding the support of civil society organizations (CSO) and development partners in these efforts, he said: The need for a shared vision, a well-crafted mission statement, objectives with measure able indicators aligned with actions that are time bound in the context of a sector-wide approach was crucial for the Ministry.

He commended development partners both bilateral and multilateral for their desire to support the government address environmental challenges, saying the government had secured 2.0 billion US dollars from China to add to the resources of the Ministry.

Nana Otuo Siriboe II, the Chairman of the Council of State, said the current state of the country’s environmental sanitation was appalling and that Ghana was ranked the 7th dirtiest country in the world.

He urged government to review all past strategic documents to identify factors impeding success in addressing environmental issues and develop actionable policies for effective implementation and called for holistic discourse devoid of politics to ensure the government provided affordable quality water to meet the Sustainable Development Goal number six.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

South Africa: Basic Education Welcomes Court Ruling On Promotion of One Religion Over Others

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) welcomes the judgement handed down in the South Gauteng High Court this morning that public schools cannot promote one religion to the exclusion of others. This ruling is consistent with the Department’s own policy informed by South African Schools act and the Constitution that no one religion should be promoted above another.

The DBE did not oppose the relief sought by the applicants, however monitored the case very closely as it was always going to have an impact all public schools.

The case was brought by the Organisation for Religious Education and Democracy against six schools and was opposed by Solidarity who represented the schools in question.

“Religious observances may be conducted at state or state-aided institutions, provided that A) Those observances follow rules made by the appropriate public authorities; B). They are conducted on an equitable basis; and C). Attendance at them is free and voluntary,” said Judge Van der Linde, quoting the ruling being handed down.

The aim is not to ban religious practices in schools but about protecting children and emphasising that schools should engage in religion education rather than religious instruction and not promote one religion over another.

No change will take place as a result of this judgement and it will continue to be business as usual for DBE as the court merely reinforced and emphasized our existing policy in terms of religion in schools. The Department will however study the judgement in detail. We remind School Governing Bodies however to review their rules to ensure that they are in compliance with legislation.

Source: Department of Basic Education