Private sector businesses and their owners in the Eastern region were invited to come together with a common goal of improving their products and services for their consumers
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI), Mark Badu-Aboagye, made the appeal to Koforidua during the inauguration of the GNCCI Eastern Regional Executive Council .
The GNCCI by its legislative mandate LI 611 of 1968 (ACT 232) was established to serve as the voice and leader of the private sector and to promote and protect the interests of business.
Mark Badu-Aboagye courted business owners and businesses in the Eastern Region to come together to work towards achieving an improved business environment.
“Coming together to plan and execute a common goal is what will give the private sector an authoritative voice to advocate for a better and enabling business environment,” he stressed.
Establishing the GNCCI Executive Council in the Eastern Region, Stephen Oware, who is the Managing Director of Stenesto Enterprise, was elected and sworn in as Regional Chairman of the Eastern Chamber.
By default, as provided by the GNCCI Act, Stephen Oware would also be Chairman of the GNCCI Regional Council.
To support him, Albert Atuah Amponsah, Managing Director of Albe Farms Limited and William Atitso Amankwah, Managing Director of AWA Roofing Sheets were also elected and sworn in as Vice President and Treasurer respectively.
They also became automatic members of the GNCCI Regional Council and will serve a two-year term.
The other 13 members of the grand regional council were also sworn in for a two-year term.
Among them were Henry Okyere-Boakye, Managing Director of Kweku Okyere and Co. Limited, Kwabena Boakye-Antwi, Managing Director of Eastern Chemist, Kingsley Kyere, CEO of Akuapem Rural Bank and Patrick Mensah, Managing Director of Happy Sunshine Company Limited.
The others were Felix Berbiye, General Manager of B. Foster Bakery, Joyce Pechi-Anim, CEO of Joyceline Fit Fashion, Dr. Samuel Amoah, General Manager of Happy Home Tiles, Dr. Mark Boadu, former Dean of All Nations University Business School and Justice. Kwabena Wilson, Regional Director of GNCCI who will serve as Secretary to the Board.
The others were Samuel Freeman-Amoah, CEO of FA Brics Enterprise, Kennedy Richard Oduro, CEO of Transnational HR, Samuel Boateng, CEO of Asonaba BS Enterprise, and Bernice Kafui Akoto, CEO of Kapex Designs.
Inaugurating the Regional Executive Council of the GNCCI, the Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, assured the members of the Regional Council and all the private companies in the region of the maximum support of the government to give them a serene business environment.
“As you know, most government policies and programs under the able leadership of Her Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to transform the economic fortunes of this country are private sector driven.
“For this reason, the government is collaborating with the private sector at all levels to ensure that all these important policies and programs are very well executed and implemented for the growth and development of the economy and the nation in as a whole,” he said.
The regional minister also called on private companies to do their best to improve the quality of their products and services so that consumers can get the most out of them.
“Another major issue that we need to consider in our quest to improve businesses in the region is to help them improve the quality of their products, packaging and other features as a result of the implementation of continental free trade. African Regional Agreement (AfCFTA).
“This continental agreement offers huge opportunities for businesses in Ghana, but we must not lose sight that it will also increase competition for goods and services from the continent; hence the need for businesses to prepare adequately,” said Seth Acheampong. reiterated.