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5TH ASSOCIATION OF GHANA INDUSTRIES AWARDS LAUNCHED

Date: 2017-05-10 : - :
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The fifth Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) award has been launched in Accra with a call on businesses to continue to support the local economy irrespective of the challenges.

This year’s awards, scheduled for October, is meant to enhance standards and showcase Ghanaian businesses on the international market.

The ceremony, which will be held on the theme “Growing local industry to develop exports and job creation,” is also geared towards raising awareness and building and promoting strong Ghanaian business brands.

This year’s event will see the introudction of a new category, “Best Social Enterprise Award” to reward industries which strongly engage in social enterprise and give back to society.

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Announcing the various award categories at the launch in Accra, the President of AGI, Mr James Asare-Adjei, said six major award categories in addition to 20 sector awards have been opened for entry by all businesses.

They included Overall Best Industrial Company of the Year; Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Company Award; Best Company Employer of the Year Award; Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award); Fastest Growing Company of the Year; and Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing Company Awards.

According to him, strict procedures which had been outlined had to be adhered to before any business or company could qualify for any of the awards.

“The awards committee is competent enough to select the best companies for the various categories,” he said.

Export development 

Mr Asare-Adjei reiterated the need for adequate policies to ensure export development in Ghana.

“There is no reason why such policies should be developed and left on the drawing board – while we wait, other countries are making efforts at entering available export markets and crowding out Ghanaian products,” he said.

He stated that to enable more jobs to be created, industries must have the needed capacities to expand, “but with the many challenges inherent in the Ghanaian economy, many private companies are not hiring as they should, and that is worrying”.

“This is because many of these private businesses are faced with higher operational costs, hence their inability to employ more, coupled with the freeze on employment in the public sector,” he stressed.

He, therefore, emphasised the need for the government and the private sector to find innovative ways to develop the industrial sector in order to create more jobs as well as export Ghanaian products to boost the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.

Government and awards

The Minister of Private Sector Development and Public-Private Partnership, Mr Rashid Pelpuo, stated that the government would play an active role in this year’s awards ceremony.

He indicated that the occasion was in line with the government’s priorities of encouraging private businesses to grow and expand beyond the frontiers of the nation.

“It is for this reason that we see the various ceremonies that you’ve held over the years as welcoming. We will, therefore, support it every step of the way to encourage private businesses to grow and expand,” he added.

 

The fifth Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) award has been launched in Accra with a call on businesses to continue to support the local economy irrespective of the challenges.

This year’s awards, scheduled for October, is meant to enhance standards and showcase Ghanaian businesses on the international market.

The ceremony, which will be held on the theme “Growing local industry to develop exports and job creation,” is also geared towards raising awareness and building and promoting strong Ghanaian business brands.

This year’s event will see the introudction of a new category, “Best Social Enterprise Award” to reward industries which strongly engage in social enterprise and give back to society.

Categories 

Announcing the various award categories at the launch in Accra, the President of AGI, Mr James Asare-Adjei, said six major award categories in addition to 20 sector awards have been opened for entry by all businesses.

They included Overall Best Industrial Company of the Year; Best Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Company Award; Best Company Employer of the Year Award; Young Enterprise Company of the Year Award (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award); Fastest Growing Company of the Year; and Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing Company Awards.

According to him, strict procedures which had been outlined had to be adhered to before any business or company could qualify for any of the awards.

“The awards committee is competent enough to select the best companies for the various categories,” he said.

Export development 

Mr Asare-Adjei reiterated the need for adequate policies to ensure export development in Ghana.

“There is no reason why such policies should be developed and left on the drawing board – while we wait, other countries are making efforts at entering available export markets and crowding out Ghanaian products,” he said.

He stated that to enable more jobs to be created, industries must have the needed capacities to expand, “but with the many challenges inherent in the Ghanaian economy, many private companies are not hiring as they should, and that is worrying”.

“This is because many of these private businesses are faced with higher operational costs, hence their inability to employ more, coupled with the freeze on employment in the public sector,” he stressed.

He, therefore, emphasised the need for the government and the private sector to find innovative ways to develop the industrial sector in order to create more jobs as well as export Ghanaian products to boost the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country.

Government and awards

The Minister of Private Sector Development and Public-Private Partnership, Mr Rashid Pelpuo, stated that the government would play an active role in this year’s awards ceremony.

He indicated that the occasion was in line with the government’s priorities of encouraging private businesses to grow and expand beyond the frontiers of the nation.

“It is for this reason that we see the various ceremonies that you’ve held over the years as welcoming. We will, therefore, support it every step of the way to encourage private businesses to grow and expand,” he added.

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