Executive Chair of Softribe, Herman Chinery-Hesse, has been out-doored as the Commonwealth Chair for Business and Technology Initiatives in Africa.
Mr. Chinery-Hesse was chosen because of his experience in leadership and success at driving businesses to growth which has earned him the nick name ‘Bill Gates of Africa’.
“The Commonwealth theme for 2019– ‘A connected Commonwealth’– is most appropriate as we outdoor Herman to lead out technology and business initiatives. We need jobs for the youth, businesses that compete internationally, we need functioning healthcare systems and a literate population.
These drivers of any economy all sit on the bedrock of technology and business. I believe that we are in good hands,” Africa Head of The Royal Commonwealth Society, Mr. John Apea stated.
Her Majesty the Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, accompanied by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the Duke of York, attended the annual Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey.
In Ghana, Commonwealth Day celebrations began with a military -led Flag-raising ceremony at the forecourt of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and Commonwealth Representative to Africa, Mr. John Apea.
This was followed by a reception at the British Council, with Mr. Sam Okudzeto, Chair of The Commonwealth Human Rights Office and Council of State member acting as Chairman of the occasion and His Excellency the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Iain Walker delivering the keynote address.
Dignitaries at the event included Ivor Greenstreet, former Presidential candidate for the CPP; Amardeep Singh Hari, Founder of IPMC; Dentaa Amoateng, Founder of GUBA; Kwesi Arthur, Award-winning Musician and Kafui Dey, Media personality, to name but a few.
Guests were also treated to a though-provoking debate on the hazards of plastics by a cross section of students. The event concluded with Mrs. Claire Walker, wife of the British High Commissioner to Ghana and Member of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Advisory Board for Ghana, and Mr. Hayford Siaw, Director-general of The Ghana Library Authority donating Braille Books to Akropong School of The Blind on behalf of BookAid international and the Commonwealth.