Minister for Planning, Professor George Gyan Baffour, has said government is ready to offer its support to business that consistently meet local and international standards.
“To sustain economic growth, government is determined to exploit its strategic resources to propel the aggressive industrial transformational agenda – with strong emphasis on ensuring that various companies in Ghana meet high standards.
“This is vital in transforming the economy’s structure into a value-added one. It is for this reason that government is embarking on an aggressive transformation agenda in the various sectors to promote socio-economic development,” he stated.
He explained that when companies meet global standards, they are able to compete locally and internationally; and this not only brings development and growth to the economy, but also positions Ghana as the most business-friendly and standard-compliant country.
Speaking at the Ghana Business Standards Awards, Professor Gyan Baffour assured the companies of government’s commitment to transforming various business sectors of this nation; and as such this cannot be achieved without making sure the private sector is central to growth of the economy.
“Government is partnering with the private sector, which is seen as the real engine of growth for development. We are of the belief that creating the regulatory, innovative and competitive environment will motivate indigenous Ghanaian companies and entrepreneurs to add more value to what they are already manufacturing, so as to make their products and services competitive to go beyond the boundaries and excel,” he said
The Ghana Business Standard Awards were organised by KN Unique Communications, and aim to celebrate outstanding organisations committed to remarkable business standards geared toward sustainable growth by focusing on identifying outstanding organisations with outstanding products, outstanding services, and leaders who demonstrate exemplary leadership attributes.
Some 40 companies and individuals were honoured at the 2019 edition, which came off at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.
The Chief Executive Officer of AngloGold Ashanti, Eric Asubonteng, was adjudged Overall Business Leader of the year; while CEO of the Food and Drugs Authority, Delese Mimi Darko, was awarded as Female Business Leader of the Year.
Zenith Bank Ghana Limited won Outstanding Brand of the Year in the Banking category, while Sunshine Healthcare won Outstanding Healthcare Provider of the Year, and Kingdom Exim Ghana won Outstanding Exporter of the Year.
Other award winners were Kwabena Okyere Darko, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Public Sector; Mukesh V. Thakwani, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Manufacturing; Dr. Felix Anyah, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Health Services; Nathan Kwabena Anokye Adisi, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Media; Gopal Vasu, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Pharmaceuticals; and Sean Alborough, Outstanding Business Leader of the year – Telecommunications.
Angela Kyerematen Jimoh, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – ICT; Aretha Duku, Outstanding Insurance Personality of the Year; Dr. Mark Agyei, Outstanding CEO of the Year – Alternative Medicine; Dr. Macdonald Chimandas Vasnani, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Shipping; Kiran Daswani, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Real Estate; and Kwame Owusu Boateng, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Non-Bank.
The rest were Mohammed Samara, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Maritime; Pakwo Shum, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year – Aviation; Sajid Ali Kahn, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year- Hospitality; and Stephanie Ode Wilson, Young Business Leader of the Year.
The company awardees were Japan Motors, Jelcem Limited, Kenpong Construction, Accra City Hotel, Adom City Estate Company, Baj Freight and Logistics, CPL Developers, DDP Outdoor Limited, Dulcet Hospitality, E2E Customer Focus, Kiddiecare School, Kingdom Exim Ghana, Opportunity International, Zenith Bank, Sunshine Healthcare, Tang Palace, Consolidated Shipping Agencies, and Frimps Oil.
The product awardees included Bel Aqua Water, Bel Malt, Adonko Bitters, Boss Energy Drink, Unique Natural Mineral Water, and Wire Weaving Industry Ghana Limited (Dadewa Nails).