BEL premiers Ghana Manufacturers’ Business Summit

The Business Executive Limited (BEL), publisher of widely-circulated The Business Executive Magazine, has premiered the Ghana Manufacturers’ Business Summit (GMBS) to address production sector shortcomings

The paramount objective of the Ghana Manufacturers’ Business Summit is to drive sustained growth of the manufacturing sub-sector through direct engagement of the private and public sectors in dialogue and negotiations for the creation of enabling environment for growth.

The Business Development Consultant & Event Coordinator, BEL – Utche Okwuosah, indicated that the event is a sector specific concept designed to annually convene all stakeholders in the manufacturing sub-sector to deliberate on issues of growth opportunities, investment and challenges confronting the sub-sector, while consistently seeking ways to achieve progressive productivity.

“We have deliberately singled out the manufacturing sub-sector for this special consistent focus because of its importance to Ghana’s economy and also, as a media company, we wish to set up productivity as an agenda in order to underscore its importance and bring a turn-around in Ghana’s economic development.

“The Summit will be so committed and functional it will set up a system to track and measure growth of the sub-sector from year to year,” he said.

The event, which is to be organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will take place on 27th May in Accra under the theme ‘Achieving Growth Turn-Around in Manufacturing: The Role of Government’, and already has partners like the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, One District, One Factory, and the Ghana International Trade Fair Company – and the list is still growing.

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The organisers of GMBS 2019 have indicated that they are acting in tandem with concerns of the President of Ghana, based on a challenge he threw to the Ghana Bar Association and general citizenry when he paid a courtesy visit.

Meanwhile, leadership of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) and National Council of the Bar called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to discuss some pertinent national issues bordering on the ‘culture of impunity’ and current state of the economy, among other issues. The president seized the opportunity to express his discomfort with the sliding value of the cedi against its international counterparts, and charged them to give critical assessments to structural problems which are not being articulated loudly enough.

“We live in a country where we are overly-dependent on the importation of things needed for our daily sustenance. Things that we can produce we continue to import, and at the same time we don’t generate enough exports; this is the real origin of our currency’s fragility,” the president said with clear insight.

Speakers at the event will include: Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso 1, President of Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who will also be the Guest of Honour; Dr. Nana Osei Bonsu; Hon. Mrs. Gifty Ohene-Konadu; and Dr John Kwakye.

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Others include Fakhruddin Azizi, UNIDO Representative, Ghana, who will be presenting on UNIDO’s Industrialisation Programme and its global competiveness.

The Business Executive Limited, convener of this event, is also the organiser of the prestigious Ghana Industry CEO Awards, Ghana Trade & Commerce Awards, African Business Executive Excellence Awards, Feminine Ghana Achievement Awards, and the Publisher of the widely circulated The Business Executive Magazine, read across West Africa.

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