The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, has been adjudged the Best Female CEO of the Year at the 2021 Made-In- Ghana Awards (MIGA).
According to the awards’ organiser, Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana, Mrs. Yankey-Ayeh has played and continues to play an important role in empowering Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country.
They added that her outstanding oversight of the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Support Scheme (CAP BuSS) was key in stabilising the economy during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic – a move that has been globally acknowledged as a blueprint for economies with a large Informal Sector.
The organiser says it was no surprise when the GEA was mentioned as a key Institution in implementation of the ongoing Obaatanpa CARES programme meant to provide relief for local businesses.
They also added that she embarked on many transformational initiatives which climaxed the elevation and transitioning of the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI) into a bigger Entity – now known as the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) – meant to Coordinate, Monitor and Implement the activities of MSMEs.
The GEA replaced the NBSSI that had been in operation for more than 30 years, providing Financial and Non-financial support to small-scale enterprises.
Mrs. Yankey-Ayeh upon receiving the award said she was motivated to even do more for the Informal Sector, which is undoubtedly the nerve of the economy.
“I am grateful, but this is just the beginning; there is more work to do. Thank you for this motivation and reminder that the work we do is critical to survival of the economy.
“We are poised to do even more and ensure that we build multinational companies from our MSMEs. It is possible, and we have always been ready for the task,” she said.
The Made in Ghana Awards 2021 recognise the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of the Ghanaian manufacturing industry, business and entrepreneurial success. It is a celebration of the most outstanding indigenous businesses, tourism, arts and culture, and the exceptional manufacturing industries behind these successful and growing industries. It is the springboard for enhanced business and manufacturing success.
The Pride of Ghana Award category of Made in Ghana Awards 2021 is a tribute to honour and recognise the contributions made and excellence achieved in manufacturing and service industries registered in Ghana which have played important role in supporting the economy of Ghana over the past decades.
The key objective of the awards is campaigning to seek the pride of indigenous, most-celebrated premium quality and competitive products and service industries; to create awareness; and also to promote, advertise and market quality manufactured products and industries which have exhibited excellence in manufacturing practices and standards, and industry personalities in Ghana – in an effort to reduce the cedi-depreciation and provide a platform for consumers to patronise made-in-Ghana products and service organisations.
The 8th edition of the MIGA awards took place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel last Friday 3rd September.