This year’s 16th Ghana Premier Business and Finance Excellence Awards and 6th Ghana Business Leaders Excellence Awards ceremonies have been scheduled to take place simultaneously at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel on Friday 29th September 2023.
The joint Awards Dinner, with the theme ‘Business and Finance – Responding to the Challenges of Internal and External Pressures’, is privileged to have Dr. Clement Osei Amoako, President-Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as guest-speaker under the chairmanship of Mr. Raidh Ayittey-Association of Ghana Industries.
The Ghana Premier Business and Finance Excellence Awards Scheme and Ghana Business Leaders Excellence Awards Scheme, both implemented by Top Brass Ghana, have their origins in the programme of activities to celebrate Ghana’s 50th and 60th Independence anniversaries respectively.
According to Mr. Isaac Dakwa, Director-Top Brass Ghana, his outfit was mandated by the Ghana @ 50 Anniversary National Planning Committee to organise, in 2007, the Golden Jubilee Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards within the programme of activities to commemorate 50 years of Ghana’s independence.
The Golden Jubilee Award Winners included: Accra Brewery Limited; ADB Bank Limited; Aluworks Ghana Limited; Anglogold Ashanti Company Limited; Atwima Kwanwoma Rural Bank Limited; Barclays Bank Ghana Limited; Department of National Lotteries; Ecobank Ghana Limited; Enterprise Insurance Company Limited; Ghacem Limited; Ghana Cocoa Board; Ghana Commercial Bank Limited; Graphic Communications Group Limited; Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited; Interplast Limited; Labadi Beach Hotel; Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research; Nestle Ghana Limited; Pioneer Food Cannery Limited; Standard Chartered Bank Limited; State Housing Company Limited; State Insurance Company Limited; Taysec Construction Limited; The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Limited; Unilever Ghana Limited; and Volta River Authority.
Similarly, within the Ghana 60-Year Anniversary programme to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Ghana’s independence in 2017, Top Brass Ghana was once again authorised by the National Planning Committee to organise the Diamond Jubilee Business Leaders Excellence Awards Scheme.
Among the Diamond Jubilee Award recipients were: Dr. Kwame Achampong-Kyei, Glico Group; Mr. John Sackah Addo, Prudential Bank/former Governor; Dr. Felix Kwaku Anyah, Holy Trinity Medical Centre & Spa; Rev. Dr. Kwabena Darko, Darko Farms & Company Limited; Mrs. Patricia Poku Diaby, Plot Enterprise Ghana Limited; Mr. Rockson Dogbegah, Berock Ventures Limited; Mr. Said Assad Fakhry, Interplast Limited; Mr. Mohammed Kanaan Kalmoni, Japan Motors Group; Mr. Bhagwan Ramchand Khubchandani, Melcom Group; Dr. Kwame Kyei, Unity Group; Dr. Daniel McKorley, McDan Group; Mr. Torgbor Mensah, DDP Group; Pharm. Kofi Nsiah-Poku, Kinapharma Limited; Dr. Theresa Oppong-Beeko, Manet Limited; Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi, Tropical Cable & Conductor Limited; Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor, Ghana Dot Com Limited; Apostle Dr. Kwadwo Safo, Kristo Asafo Group; and Mr. Yussif A. Yakubu, Ussaya (Gh) Limited.
Significantly, after each of the two Awards Ceremonies, several of the Award Winners themselves expressed their strong conviction regarding the relevance and desirability in instituting the Ceremonies as annual Awards Schemes. Accordingly, the designation of the Golden Jubilee Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards Scheme was changed to Ghana Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards Scheme the following year, 2008, while the Diamond Jubilee Business Leaders Excellence Awards Scheme was re-named Ghana Business Leaders Excellence Awards Scheme in 2018 to be organised annually by Top Brass Ghana.
As we entered the year 2020, the Ghana Business and Financial Services Excellence Awards Scheme was re-branded as the Ghana Premier Business and Finance Excellence Awards.
The common rationale for the two Awards Schemes, according to Mr. Dakwa, is to honour corporate entities as well as business moguls who have distinguished themselves across the spectrum of economic activity and, in the process, made remarkable contributions to Ghana’s development with a view to motivating them to strive for entrepreneurial excellence and to maximise their quota towards national economic growth.