YPO Innovation Week Unites Global Innovators for Africa Ignite Event

Signature Event in Kenya Will Feature Cutting-Edge Insights from a Selection of Africa’s Most Innovative Thought and Business Leaders

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, May 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As part of its third annual YPO Innovation Week, YPO will host Africa Ignite in Nairobi, Kenya, convening more than 140 senior executives to discuss and brainstorm how technology is transforming business operations in Africa and around the world.

YPO Innovation Week is a series of more than 50 events conducted in over 30 countries throughout the world from 7-11 May 2018, featuring dynamic global innovators who will come together to share best-in-class business strategies as well as timely and relevant insights that are fueling innovation and shaping the future of global business over the next decade.

Through lectures, workshops and site visits, Africa Ignite will focus on the opportunities and challenges of doing business in Africa, while highlighting Africa’s spirit of innovation.

“Africa is a hotbed of innovation, as will be showcased throughout Africa Ignite 2018,” says YPO Africa Ignite Co-Champion Dhruv Pandit, CEO of Fedha Group. “YPO members from across Africa will share experiences with each other and learn from truly innovative businesses that are already disrupting the African landscape in a positive way.”

Featured speakers include:

  • Craig Wing, Partner of FutureWorld International
  • Rob Burnet, a two-time Emmy Award winning producer and founder and CEO of Well Told Story
  • Eric Hersman, Founder and CEO of BRCK and Founder of iHUB
  • Vishal Agarwal, Chairman and Chief Executive of Full Circle Africa and YPO member
  • Jon Foster-Pedley, Dean of the Henley Business School

Co-Champion Chirag Sanghrajka, Managing Director of Cape Holdings Ltd., adds, “The event sold out in record time, and we look forward to welcoming over 140 top CEOs from across Africa and beyond.”

YPO Innovation Week is a global event during which the world’s most innovative companies share their inspiration and insights. YPO Innovation Week is designed for YPO leaders who are responsible for vision, strategy, information and technology who are charged with driving innovation — across industries and sectors.

Through signature Innovation Week events, live two-way interactive video casts and livestream events, business leaders will learn how to keep pace with innovation trends on a global scale, innovate and disrupt industry practices, nurture and develop value-creating ideas across organizations and positively impact communities, industries and the world.

Additional Innovation Week signature events will be held between 7-11 May 2018 in major cities including Sydney, Australia; London, England; New York, New York, USA; Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic; and Silicon Valley, California, USA.

For more information, visit the YPO Innovation Week website.


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KUMASI, GHANA– President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana on Tuesday launched a national flagship programme aimed at addressing the twin challenges of youth unemployment and poverty.

The Nation Builders’ Corp (NABCO) initiative seeks to create 100,000 jobs annually for graduates to transition from the classroom to the job market. The scheme follows an assurance outlined in the 2018 budget of an arrangement targeted at addressing graduate youth unemployment.

The grim story of youth unemployment has been part of our lives for such a long time it is important that we do things differently if we are to restore hope and dignity to our youth, President Akufo-Addo said at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, capital of Ashanti Region (Province).

He noted that it was heartbreaking that year after year, the number of graduates outstripped available jobs, which was even made worse by a ban on employment in the public sector.

Making reference to World Bank statistics which said 48 per cent of Ghanaian youth did not have jobs, the President said the government was working assiduously to ensure that the economy grew rapidly to absorb the teeming youth of the country.

NABCO, he said, would have a positive practical impact on the citizenry and address holistically the challenges of youth unemployment and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of our graduates.

The central focus of the scheme is to create employment opportunities for Ghanaians with diplomas and degrees from accredited tertiary institutions, and galvanize them across the length and breadth of the country to enhance the core mandate and efficiency of both public and private institutions.

The initiative, a voluntary one, would have adequate representation from across the country. Graduates would be recruited under several modules to include, health, governance, enterprise, revenue, education, agriculture and information communication technology (ICT).

Those recruited under the scheme would be placed in jobs for three years, with modest stipend of 700.00 cedis (about 155 US dollars) monthly.

President Akufo-Addo was optimistic that the initiative would prepare graduate adequately for the labour market and enhance their career path in the long run.


Eliminating child labour is Ghana’s priority – President Akufo-Addo

Kumasi- President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has underscored government’s determination to strengthen national institutions and policies to protect the rights of children.

He said eliminating child labour was one of the top priorities of government and would work with all agencies interested in the welfare of children to encourage Ghanaians to be responsive to anti-child labour issues.

The issue of child labour, he said, ought to be addressed in a manner consistent with humanity and Ghana’s international obligations, saying protecting the right of the child was a shared responsibility.

President Akufo-Addo, who was addressing this year’s May Day celebration at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, Kumasi, said the nation had a remarkable record in terms of ratifying respective laws prohibiting child labour in all its forms.

Ghana has been a signatory to many international laws promoting child rights, and the government is working with all partners to ensure that they work in order not to affect their education and health, he stated.

This year’s celebration was on the theme Sustainable Development Goals and Decent Work � the Role of Social Partners.

President Akufo-Addo was worried that children continued to be engaged in all forms of hazardous work in spite of the efforts to eliminate such practices, saying the government was working assiduously to enhance the wellbeing of the child.

The Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection launched a comprehensive child and family welfare policy two years ago, which was guided by key principles of the United Nation’s Convention of the Right of the Child, the 1992 Constitution and the Children’s Act 1998 (Act 560).

The 22-page book focused on policy framework, the child and family welfare system, institutional arrangements, child protection system strengthening, and community structures.

President Akufo-Addo emphasised the need for all to respect laws protecting children for their wellbeing and physical growth.

He also entreated organised labour to be committed to the campaign to achieving the sustainable development goals, especially in the area of education, health, gender equality, poverty reduction and environmental protection.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Strategic roadmap needed to address sanitation condition – Minister

Accra, – Mr Kofi Adda, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, says a strategic roadmap is required to address sanitation conditions in the country.

The Ministry is a new one and things cannot happen overnight, but in order to have everything right systematically, there is the need for a strategic road map, he said.

To this end, Mr Adda has called for an urgent consultancy and advocacy work with stakeholders to help bridge the gap of attitudinal change and transformation among the citizenry.

The time is right for all to make that change, we will ensure we deliver services and get attitudinal transformation ongoing, Mr Adda said in Accra on Wednesday when a delegation from Rotary Club paid a courtesy call on him.

The visit formed part of the delegation’s agenda to introduce its five-year Water and Sanitation Project, aimed at improving sanitation conditions in the country.

Being the second phase of a previous initiative, dubbed: Rotary International-USAID Partnership, which spanned 2009-2015, the latter is seeking to champion advocacy works from 2015 and expected to end in 2020.

The four-million-dollar collaborative project between Rotary International and USAID would focus on six regions and 13 districts.

Mr Adda expressed excitement at the Rotarians’ support to help promote the sector.

He commended them for their interest in the improvement of the citizen’s livelihood, which, he said, was in line with the President’s clear initiative emerging from concerns of Ghanaians.

The President has identified these challenges and working on them effectively hence the fight against ‘galamsey’ and the establishment of the Sanitation Ministry, he said.

Mr Ako Odotei, the Chairman of the Host Committee of the Rotary International USAID Water Sanitation Project, said the primary aspect of the second phase of the project was to work closely with government through advocacy.

He called on the Minister to support them on their advocacy agenda for better sanitary conditions not only in the cities but the towns, villages and districts as a whole.

Dr Naan Agyemang-Mensah, the Lead Advocacy of the Host Organising Committee for the Rotary-USAID Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Collaboration, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said the staff would be trained, retrained, monitored and supported in their activities to ensure sustainability of the project.

She noted that continuous training and monitoring were incapacitated by lack of mobility where in many cases water and sanitation were not priorities and even WASH was not making progress, but the time had come for advocacy to make a difference through Rotary.

Dr Agyemang-Mensah said a collective mobilization of resources by the assemblies as well as Internally Generated Fund being raised by community members was one of the sure ways to go.

On the expected results, she said there was the need for expansion of services and rehabilitation with the help from the Ministries of Health, education and Finance.

She called on the Water Resources and Sanitation Minster to help ensure that the funds reached the correct recipients.

Mr Samuel Awuku Okudzeto, a Senior Statesman and a Rotarian, said Rotary needed advocacy in this project and called on the Satiation Minister to relate with them well to help improve sanitation conditions.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Dental education low in Ghana

Hohoe- Dr George Nana Brown, Dean of City of London Dental School Post Graduate Programme in West Africa has observed that the neglect of dental education in Ghana was increasing general disease burden.

He said the mouth remained a major entrance to the body, thus education on oral health was crucial for the prevention of many health complications.

Dr Brown said this at a free dental medical outreach termed “United Kingdom Charity – Ghana Dental Roadshow” in the Hohoe Municipality.

He noted that the consumption of sucrose and other sweets culminated into a “dental crises”, and said there was the need for “proper standards” and understanding of the oral system.

Dr Brown noted that dental health professionals within the health system were inadequate and called on stakeholders to help increase the number and prioritise education on oral health.

He said the project reflected the passion of the Association towards an effective dental service that would help promote quality health among the populace.

Dr Ernest Tsum Nyarko, Dentist of the Hohoe Municipal Hospital said a major challenge was that dental services were expensive and that equipment available at the hospital for the practice were outdated and limited.

He stated that the cost negatively affected the number of dental schools and practices although oral complications were on the rise, and that the total number of dentists in the country was around 500.

Dr Nyarko said the Health Ministry had promised to equip dental facilities across the country and asked for more local and international collaborations to help meet client demand.

The outreach attended to about 500 people comprising children, adults and the elderly who were given dental screening, emergency surgery aside sensitisation workshops in the Hohoe Municipality.

It was organised by a group of dental specialists from the United Kingdom with support from Jonmoore International Limited, a transport and specialist project logistics company in Ghana.

Dentists from the Hohoe Municipal Hospital, and the University of Health and Allied Sciences collaborated on the programme, expected to be taken to Ve-Kolenu and Hohoe townships in the Hohoe Municipality, and Tsito and Abutia in the Ho West District.

The dental team first visited the Eugemot Orphanage at Ve-Kolenu run by Jonmoore’s Eugemont Foundation and pupils of the Peggy Good School also under the management of the Foundation.

Ms Sandra S. Amma Abrokwah, Corporate Manager of Jonmoore International stated the commitment of her organisation to help improve health in local communities and enhance socio-economic development of the country.

She said health, education and infrastructural development were the company’s key corporate social responsibility areas.

Source: Ghana News Agency