About 36 companies and individuals have been honoured at the second edition of the Chamber Business Awards 2017 which was held at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra at the weekend.
The main objective of the event was to celebrate Ghanaian businesses that have demonstrated excellence in leadership and innovation in contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.
On the theme, “Empowering the Private Sector to Move Ghana Beyond Aid,” the event was an initiative of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI).
Some of the companies that were awarded were the McDan Shipping Company Limited, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Limited, the Strategic Communications Africa Limited,the Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd, and the Boris B’s Farm & Veterinary Supplies.
Others include the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Ghana Limited, the Nyankopa Cocoa Buying Company Limited, the Japan Motors Trading Company Limited, the Enterprise Insurance Limited,the Strategic Communications Africa Limited and the S. K Boafo Travel & Tours.
Ghana beyond aid
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of McDan Shipping Company Limited, Mr Daniel Mckorley won the prestigious Chamber Business Man of the Year, while Janet Abobigu of Uni-Jay Limited took home the Chamber Business Woman of the Year.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the Council of State, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, said the pace of outreach to improve understanding, capacity building, expertise sharpening have accelerated since the declaration of the Ghana beyond agenda.
He said for the Ghana beyond aid vision to become a reality in the not too distant future, it would require the support of all stakeholders.
“It is, therefore, a shared responsibility involving multiple actors, with the government providing direction. The role of the private sector in this vision cannot be overemphasised.
“It is reason that I commend the chamber for taking this bold decision to mobilise private sector support for the Ghana Beyond Aid. The call to empower the private sector to make this vision a reality most be embraced by all,” he said.
Nana Otuo Siriboe II presenting the Chamber Business Man of the Year award to Mr Daniel Mckorley. With them are Dr Ernest Addison (2nd left), Governor, BoG, Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso I (right)and other dignitaries
The private sector
A deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay, said the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda focused on the importance of the role the private sector played in the development of the country.
He said the government was focused on improving the country’s export potential to generate more revenue.
“Industry is at the centre of the government’s plans to transform the economy from one reliant on its raw resource base to one driven by value added exports.
The President of the GNCCI, Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso I, stated that the chamber’s award scheme was part of effort to help promote ethical business practices in line with key industry standards which serve as a criteria for selecting the award winners.
“Nominations were opened to all registered businesses in the country. In all, 190 nominations were received from all the sectors in the Ghanaian economy,” he added.— GB