President Akufo-Addo has declared that it is time for the world which has seen the rise of the Asian Tigers in the world of economics, to see the African lions in the world of business and Ghana must definitely be amongst the first of such economic lions.
Delivering the Special Guest of Honour’s Speech at the 6th Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Ghana Industry and Quality Awards, an event organized by the Association in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ghana Standards Authority at the Banquet Hall of the State House, President Akufo-Addo said his government has developed a comprehensive industrial transformation programme that is aimed at ensuring that the country’s industrial sector is assisted to lead the economic revolution agenda of his administration.
The President observed that in spite of the negative 0.3% growth of Industry in 2015 and negative 1.4% 2016, industry growth has picked up within the first quarter of 2017 by a growth rate of 11.5%, being the highest sectoral growth in the economy.
He added that the policies put in place by his government to shift the focus of the economy from taxation to production accounts for the changes in growth.
In all a total of 28 awards were given to deserving companies. The key award categories include Overall Best Industry Company of the Year; Best Corporate Social Responsibility Company; Best Company Employer of the Year; Young Enterprise Company (Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award); Fastest Growing Company of the Year; and Best Practices in Sustainable Manufacturing Company.
The sectors include agribusiness, automotive & transport, chemicals, electricals & electronics, energy, food & beverages, financial services, garments, textiles & leather, hospitality & tourism, Information, Communication & Technology, metals, building & construction, oil & gas services, pharmaceuticals, printing, rubber & plastics, toiletries & cosmetics, and wood processing.
The Overall Best Industrial Company of the Year award for the first time went to an indigenous Ghanaian company, Tropical Cable Ghana Limited. Other awardees include Best company employer of the year, Dangote Cement Limited, Best Corporate Social Responsible Company of the year, Nkonkopa Cocoa Buying Ghana Limited.
Best Social Enterprise, was secured by Autism Awareness Care and Treatment. The Young Enterprise award went to Global Poly Ghana Limited, while the Fastest growing company of the year was taken by Dannex Limited. Best practices in Sustainable Manufacturing, Guinness Ghana limited,
National Best Quality Award, Diamond category, went to Total Petroleum Limited.