The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has launched its second edition of the Chamber Business Awards, 2017, aimed at recognising and rewarding Ghanaian businesses that are excelling in their various sectors of operation and have contributed significantly to development of the private sector.
Themed ‘Empowering the private sector to move Ghana Beyond Aid’, according to the Chamber the launch is in line with government’s agenda of growing the country’s economy beyond aid.
In his speech, the president of Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso, noted that promoting and protecting trade and investments is critical in driving a country’s development agenda within an atmosphere of cooperation and partnership.
According to him, he is confident that through the Public-Private Dialogue platform stakeholders from both sectors will come together to address challenges faced, toward ensuring that the private sector drives the country’s growth agenda.
Nana Dankwawoso called on businesses to participate in the awards to highlight best business practices that are fundamental to private sector growth and development.
On her part, Madam Josephine Okutu-Chairperson of the GNCCI awards organising committee, announced that organisations which had intentions of participating in the awards will be assessed based on technology and innovativeness – since innovation has become part and parcel of business growth.
As part of the criteria for the awards, a committee will examine the institution’s public and/or personality engagements on issues relevant to business and national development.
This year’s Chamber Business Awards will be in three sections. The first section will have 23 categories with emphasis on excellence and quality in service and product delivery.
Mr. Mark Badu-Aboagye, the Chief Executive Officer of GNCCI, noted that the private sector must take advantage of government’s efforts to create the right environment in order to boost the economy and move Ghana beyond aid.
Also present was the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, who said government is aggressively involved in creating and promoting entrepreneurship because the nation’s biggest commodities, cocoa and gold, are not big enough to drive the nation’s economy.
He commended the Chamber Business Awards team, noting that the theme is in line with recognising efforts and contributions of the private sector – and also pledged that the ministry will do its best to drive growth in the sector.
He added that the ministry believes that partnership can enhance the nation’s economy.
The maiden edition of the awards was last year, when 31 awards were given to distinguished businesses and personalities.
Entries for the Chamber’s awards, which opened on Wednesday, June 20 to accept nominations, are expected to close by July 20. The 2nd Chamber Business Awards, 2017, will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel from 6pm.