Ghana Nigeria Business Council celebrating a successful 2021

This Thursday 16th December, the Ghana Nigeria Business Council are celebrating a successful 2021 with partners, members and friends of the council.

After the council’s successful relaunch in November 2020, the new year was tasked with key milestones to achieve in order to position the council for growth and impact in 2022.

“Since 2015, the council has been growing and making strides to be relevant in the space of trade and investment for both Ghanaians and Nigerians and each respective country. We have undergone some internal shuffling, rebranding, realignments, developed new partnerships across Ghana and Nigeria and we are poised for a more impactful and successful 2022.” states Reginald Laryea, Chairman of the GNBC.

“Our end-of-year celebration is an opportunity for us recognise how far we have come and and creates a platform for us to share our plans for 2022” Mr Laryea further continued.

Speaking about the councils key milestones for the year, Ms Nadia Takyiwaa-Mensah states “As a not-for-profit organisation, we are working to ensure that the council can be sustainable – our key revenue generators are via our services and membership, therefore, we are working diligently to ensure we are a reliable, relevant and efficient with the services that we offer. Also, that we provide added value to our clients and members of the council”.

The Ghana Nigeria Business Council, along with their sister organisation, Nigeria Ghana Business Council located in Lagos, Nigeria – is a one-stop-shop for businesses and/or individuals who are interested in establishing business, identifying a partner or investing in Ghana or Nigeria.

The council’s End of Year party is taking place Thursday 16th December 2021 at WAN-SHI Gardens, Asylum Down, Accra.

To learn more information about the upcoming event call 050 9028 695 or email admin@thegnbc.com.

Source: Ghana Web

We need a conscious national effort to promote TVET – Osei-Mensah

Kyirapatre (Ash),– Mr Simon Osei-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, has stressed the need for a conscious national effort to promote Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the country.

He said TVET was a critical component of stirring up the country’s industrialization agenda for decent employment for the citizens.

It is therefore important for a strategic national agenda to prioritize the TVET concept to help make significant industrial and socio-economic gains, as well as create employment opportunities for the majority of the people, as had happened to countries which had already adopted the concept.

Mr Osei-Mensah was speaking at the 17th graduation ceremony of Ramseyer Vocational Technical Institute (RVTI) at Kyirapatre in the Asokwa Municipality.

The ceremony was under the theme, “competency-based training, the surest way of skills acquisition: the youth employment factor”.

Two hundred and fifteen (215) graduates who pursued causes in catering and hospitality technology, fashion design, furniture craft, block laying and concreting, electrical installation, and advance catering for the 2020 and 2021 academic years, were presented with their certificates.

Mr Osei-Mensah urged Ghanaians to disabuse their minds that students who pursued technical and vocational programmes were dull learners, adding that, it was the same misconception people had about polytechnics, which later transformed into technical universities.

At the ceremony, the graduates displayed various products including beads, bags, African wear, and pastries that they have made.

Mr Sampson Damptey Tetey, the Director, Division of Assessment, Accreditation, and Certificate at the TVET Commission, said the country had reached a stage in its developmental agenda where the TVET sector could not be neglected.

He said the current trends of development in the world had given rise to a situation where almost all countries were striving to achieve 21st century currency.

This, he said, was the system where the emphasis was being placed on equipping the youth with competitive skills to achieve the expected human capital for development.

For Ghana to achieve these all-important human resources, Mr Tetey said the TVET institutions in the country must be well equipped with relevant tools, equipment, and consumables, well established learning environment with good infrastructural facilities, well trained and qualified facilitators, a relevant and well-developed curriculum that meets industry standards.

He said as part of the government’s efforts to prepare the youth to acquire these relevant skills and be competitive, the Competency Based Training approach had been adopted as a national policy with legal backing for skills training to all TVET learners.

Rev. S. A. Ayeh-Hanso, the Principal of the Institute, said Competency-Based Training must be a way to acquire skills in aiding the youth to fit into the world of work, adding that the graduation ceremony for the 2020 batch could not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said Ramseyer was one of the accredited TVET institutions participating in Ghana’s TVET Voucher Project (a Ghanaian-German Project being sponsored by GIZ).

The Principal said Ramseyer was adjudged the overall best TVET institution for zone B, which comprised Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo, Bono East, Western, and the Western North Regions.

He advised the graduates to take any advantage that may come their way as skilled people, eschew laziness, and work hard as they had been trained.

Source: Ghana News Agency

KRIF Ghana goes global through E-commerce

Tema,- KRIF Ghana Limited, stationery, and office equipment company has launched its electronic commerce (E-commerce) website www.

krifghana.net to reach out to the global world with quality products.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mrs Susan Awura Adjoa Okosun, Executive Director, Krif Ghana said, that Krif E-commerce was driven by the internet, where customers could access an online store to browse through, and place orders for products or services through their own devices.

She noted that immediately the order is placed, the customer’s web browser would converse back, and forth with the server hosting the online store website.

“Data about the order will then be relayed to a central computer known as the order manager, then forwarded to a database that manages inventory levels, a merchant system that manages information (using applications such as Momo for all network and credit card), and a bank computer before circling back to the order manager,” she said.

According to her, this would ensure that store inventory and customer funds were sufficient for the order to be processed.

She said after the order is validated, the order manager would notify the store’s web server, which would then display the message notifying the customer that their order has been successfully processed.

She explained that the order manager would then send order data to the warehouse or fulfillment department (shop), for the product to be successfully dispatched to the customer.

“At this point, the tangible products may be shipped to a customer, or access to the service may be granted,” she said.

Mrs Okuson indicated that the Krif E-commerce is the only online market where one could find the prices of items being lower than that of its physical store prices.

She mentioned that it is also the online market which is very much concerned about its customers being able to buy hence has made the prices of the items more affordable.

Mrs Okosun, said Krif E-commerce was determined to give its customers attractive promotions every day, for them to have value for money by saving.

She said the delivery of items purchased from the website is free for everything item ranging from GHC400.00 and above.

The Executive Director noted that aside from outages or scheduled maintenance, the Krif E-commerce website would be available 24 hours to allow customers and visitors to the site to browse and shop at any time.

The Reverend Kennedy Okosun, Krif Ghana Executive Chairman told the GNA that, anybody regardless of location could purchase from the company with the convenience provided the customer could access the web.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Metro wins six at National Communications Awards; rebranding as Pan-African TV yields result

Metro TV Ghana and its sister organisation, Original 91.9 FM, under the Ignite Media Group, grabbed six honours at the third edition of the National Communications Awards, held over the weekend at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

In a grand style, Metro TV was adjudged the Best Television Station of the Year. Its flagship programme, Good Evening Ghana, also won TV Programme of the Year, whilst the host Paul Adom Otchere, won TV Show Host of the Year, and Media Man of the Year.

The Sports Journalist of the Year award went to Michael Oduro of Metro Sports whilst the last award to the conglomerate went to Pomaah Kyekyeku of Original 91.9 FM, as Radio Newscaster of the Year (Local).

The prestigious awards ceremony was organized by Rad Communications in partnership with the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization, under the theme; ‘Transforming Ghana’s economy through digitalization.’

Touching on the transformation behind these multiple awards for the brand, Managing Director, Ignite Media Group, Kayode Akintemi, indicated that these achievements can be attributed to the rebranding agenda that the new management embarked upon barely six months ago with the objective of positioning the group as a lead Pan-African media organisation on the continent and beyond.

Adding that the rebranding has affected practically everything the organisation does as it has brought in some new sense of urgency in everything being done and everyone has seen a reason to put a hand on deck to ensure every task is achieved perfectly and within stipulated time.

“We are in a season where were we are rebranding, pushing boundaries and doing some great new things. Our intention as an organisation is to do everything required to announce our new arrival as authentic, reliable, dependable and an organisation with integrity that is true Pan-African Channel.

Since I took over as MD of the group in June, we have done everything necessary to reposition Metro Tv especially as Pan-African channel and we started working aggressively to remove all contents that did not seat well with our goal and introduced more robust programmes toward the goal,” he said.

He emphasized that within a matter of two months, reviews and remarks from the public pointed to the fact that people have noticed the reformation going on and are quite impressed significant turnover.

Additionally, existing contents such as news bit, news flash, news night, among others started taking new turns and twist to stories that were not usually with what people used to see. Development journalism was given prominence and a disaster like the Keta Tidal Waves was given enough coverage to ensure the public is well informed and that the station becomes the voice and eyes of the people.

Furthermore, the MD reiterated that beyond infrastructure investment under the new management, there have been a massive continuous investment in human capital in terms of training and development of staff, as well as bringing on board more experienced personalities.

Competition/Long Term Goal

With regards to local competition in the industry, he indicated that the dream is to grow beyond borders and become big on the continent like the CNN, BBC and Aljazeera, therefore it is not in competition with the other TV channels doing well currently on the local terrain.

“We have the personnel just like the BBC, CNN, Aljazeera and the others. And so, we can also do exactly what they are doing and even more if only we would put our hands to the equipment that we have got.

So, we do not have a reason to be worried about competition with the current top two or three on the local market,” he said.

Pan-African Vision

Mr. Akintemi stated that Ghana has always been regarded as the gateway to Africa and historical precedence showed how its first president Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, lived for Africa and was known as the true champion of Pan-Africanism. Therefore, a true Pan-African channel is more befitting of Ghana than any other country.

However, he indicated that it first has to win in the country before it can move on to other countries on the continent, hence the agenda is to first win on the local market and be recognized as such before crossing borders.

Metro TV, he said will be building on partnerships and depend on collaborations with other top media organisations across the continent to deliver a true reflective content of what is happening in each state on the continent.

Source: Ghana Web

Nominations opened for Ghana Beverage Awards 2021

Global Media Alliance, the organizers for the Ghana Beverage Awards (GBA) have officially launched and opened nominations for the 6th edition of the awards at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

For the past five years, the GBA Awards has been organised with the aim of rewarding excellence in the beverage industry in Ghana annually.

In the last five years, GBA has remained the reference point to identify beverage companies that are in touch with their markets and contributing significantly to the Ghanaian economy.

Under the theme “Inspiring Excellence in Ghana’s Beverage Industry” the awards will promote both local and foreign beverages as well as the participation of small-scale beverage enterprises in the awards scheme.

Speaking at the launch of the awards, Chief Executive Officer of Global Media Alliance, Ernest Boateng, expressed optimism about the 2021 awards in spite of the past setbacks.

“For the past two awards, the Ghana Beverage Awards event was launched and organised virtually in compliance with the protocols stipulated by the Government of Ghana to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, we were able to pull off successful events. Tonight, I am pleased to inform you that, the 6th Edition of the Ghana Beverage Awards (GBA 2021) will be held in-person here at the Kempinski Hotel in March 2022 and we look forward to delivering an enthralling event”, he expressed.

GBA 2021 will have 18 categories with the ultimate award being the Product of the Year. The public will be given the opportunity to nominate their favorite beverages between now and February 2022 and vote for the Product of the Year in March, 2022 before the main awards.

The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Michael Okyere Baafi, on behalf of the Government of Ghana, commended the GBA Secretariat for promoting excellence in the beverage industry with the awards.

“I would like to congratulate the organizers for the introduction of initiatives such as the beverage industry tour that was introduced as part of the awards to assess the available facilities and practices in the local beverage manufacturing space while sharing best practices. Under the leadership of his Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, The Ministry of Trade and Industry is committed to demonstrating support for all Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) in the beverage industry through the many engagements since the Ministry was instituted”, he shared.

In a lead up to this year’s awards, a beverage industry tour will be organised for the GBA board to visit all nominated industries to familiarize with their work and practices. The tour will be held in February 2022.

The Ghana Beverage Awards is organized by Global Media Alliance and proudly supported by the Food and Beverage Association of Ghana (FABAG), Consumer Protection Agency (CPA), Food Research Institute (FRI) under CSIR and Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA).

The media partners are Citi FM, Citi TV, Business and Financial Times, e.TV Ghana, Happy FM, YFM and Perception Management International (PMI).

Source: Ghana Web