Professor George Gyan-Baffour, the Minister of Planning, has re-affirmed government’s commitment to utilising the country’s strategic resources to facilitate industrial transformation and stimulate socio-economic development.
He said government will continue to encourage value addition to raw materials because this is critical toward transforming the economy’s structure, and urged indigenous companies to promote high product standards and quality customer service.
“Government is partnering with the private sector, which is the real engine of growth for development.
“We are of the belief that creating the regulatory, innovative and competitive environment will motivate indigenous companies and Ghanaian entrepreneurs to add more value to the existing products and services to ensure global competitiveness,” the minister said.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour made the remarks at this year’s Business Standard Awards held over the weekend.
It recognised and honoured 40 companies and individuals for their innovativeness and outstanding leadership.
Prof. Gyan-Baffour, who was the Special Guest of Honour, said there has been a steady growth in various business sectors due to the stable economic environment, resilience and outstanding leadership shown by businesses and individuals.
The event, organised by KN Unique Communications, was aimed at celebrating the commitment of organisations to outstanding business standards and individuals which have exhibited exemplary leadership in the past year.
Mr. Eric Asubonteng, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Anglogold Ashanti, was adjudged the Overall Business Leader, while Madam Delese Mimi Darko-CEO of the Food and Drugs Authority, was adjudged Female Business Leader of the Year.
Some institutions and individuals that picked up awards included: Zenith Bank Ghana, Outstanding Brand of the Year in the Banking Category; Sunshine Healthcare Limited, Outstanding Healthcare Provider of the Year; Kwabena Okyere-Darko Mensah, Western Region Minister was adjudged the Outstanding Business Leader of the Year in the Public Sector Category; Mukesh V. Thakwani, CEO of B5 Plus Limited, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year in the Manufacturing Sector; and Dr. Felix Anyah, CEO of Holy Trinity Medical Centre and Spa, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year in the Health Service Category.
Others are Mr. Mohammed Samara, CEO of Meridian Port Services, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year (Maritime Sector)- Pakwo Shum, Founder of Aviation Alliance, Outstanding Business Leader of the Year (Aviation); and Sajid Ali Kahn, General Manager of Tang Palace, Outstanding Business of the Year (Hospitality).