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Vodafone and Bank of Ghana Confirmed to Attend Tech Conference in London

Senior representatives from Vodafone Business Solutions and the Bank of Ghana are confirmed to attend the inaugural Tech in Ghana Conference (TIGC) being held in London later this month.

First Deputy Governor of the BoG, Millicent Narh, and Angela Mensah-Poku, Director of Enterprise Business Unit & Wholesale – the business arm of Vodafone Ghana, will be among the speakers at the conference – which is fast becoming London’s premier platform to showcase Ghana’s Tech industry.

Vodafone Ghana’s Mobile Financial Services Director, Martison Obeng–Agyei, will also join a panel alongside World Remit CEO Ismail Ahmed, Interpay founder Saqib Nazir, Zeepay founder & CEO Andrew Takyi-Appiah, and CEO of expressPay Curtis Vanderpuije, to discuss Ghana’s nascent but fast-rising fintech industry.

‘We are proud to be an integral part of the first Tech in Ghana Conference in the United Kingdom,’ Angela Mensah-Poku says. ‘With technology dictating the pace of everything under the sun, this conference could not have come at a more opportune time. Ghana has a plethora of innovative solutions that are yearning for global visibility and now is the time.’

Organised by AB2020, the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) and TEDxAccra, with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Tech London Advocates, TIGC London will take place on Monday 27th February; exactly a week before Ghana marks its 60th year of independence. BoG also celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and is a key regulator in Ghana’s tech industry.

Other recently confirmed attendees include Tom Ilube, founder of the African Gifted Foundation, which in 2016 opened the African Science Academy, Africa’s first STEM school for gifted and talented young women in Ghana. In 2017, Tom was named Britain’s most infuential person of African and African-Caribbean descent by the UK Powerlist.

The UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana Adam Afriyie is to give an opening keynote at the event, which will also feature a Ghana tech initiatives showcase, and exclusive backstage interviews courtesy of TIGC production partners TEDxAccra.

Emmanuel Leslie Addae, curator of TEDxAccra says: ‘The advancement of technology has created a huge platform for economic, social and cultural growth in Ghana and Africa as a whole. If industry players are able to discover tailor made solutions to challenges specific to Africa this will propel the rise of the continent. I’m excited about this conference because it serves as a conduit for the curation of strategic ideas in technology and will highlight some of the technological advancements in Ghana.’

UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce Launches Investment Tour in Accra for British Businesses

The UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) will host a multi-sector business trip to Accra for British companies, investors, exporters, importers and SMEs, in October 2016.

The five-day Ghana Investment Tour (GIT) will focus on showcasing collaborative and investment opportunities in Ghana’s technology, tourism and agriculture sectors, and provide a platform for UK firms, SMEs and investors to communicate with key regulators, potential local partners, and leading private sector players in the country.

The UKGCC, officially launching in Accra on 1st September 2016, is set up to facilitate and YlQZH9wrpromote trade and commercial relations between the UK and Ghana, and act as the voice for British businesses looking to access and engage with the Ghanaian market, whilst providing assistance to Ghanaian companies investing in the UK.

UKGCC’s CEO Tony Burkson, based in Accra, says: ‘Ghana remains an exciting prospect for British companies due to its historic trading relationships with the UK. British expertise and innovation is highly sought after in Ghana and the wider West Africa region. The Ghana Investment Tour is an opportunity for British companies to meet decision makers, regulators and potential business partners in Ghana. The UKGCC is excited to welcome British businesses to Accra in October for the Ghana Investment Tour.’

The UK is one of the largest foreign investors in Ghana, and several British brands already operate in the West African country, including Barclays, Standard Chartered, Vodafone, Tullow, Blue Skies, British Airways, G4S, Prudential, GlaxoSmithKline, and Diageo. Ghana is also a favoured choice for SME’s making their first steps exporting into Africa, with benefits such as skilled and trainable labour, immediate access to all the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) markets, and a large consumer base with a growing middle class.

GIT aims to give new, business-focused entrants to Ghana a packaged opportunity to research and act-upon their business and investment interests in the country, alongside a friendly team of UK and Ghanaian experts and professionals.

The tour is supported by the Development of International Trade (DIT) in Ghana (formerly UKTI) and is organised in partnership with AB2020, a British company that connects and highlights investors, businesses, projects and entrepreneurs operating in Ghana, and sub-Saharan Africa.

AB2020 Creator and UK-born Ghanaian Akosua Annobil, based in London, says: ‘From traditional investors and angel networks, to tech start-ups and the Africa Diaspora, we’ve seen a healthy rise in appetite to do business in Ghana over the past year. However, we’ve also found that due to misconceptions, lack of connections, and perhaps a limited understanding of the diverse opportunities and cultures in the country, many are unsure of how to start and where to navigate.

‘As a UK-based company with a Ghana focus we aim to ease those anxieties, which is why we’re excited to be partnering with the UKGCC on a series of Ghana Investment Tours for the British business community in October this year, and in to 2017.’

ECOWAS-LogoGhana is one of the largest economies within ECOWAS, and in terms of investment is currently ranked 70th out of 189 countries in the latest World Bank’s Doing Business Rankings, placing the country as the fifth most favourable place to conduct business in Africa after Mauritius (28th), South Africa (43rd), Rwanda (46th), Tunisia (60th), and the first in West Africa above countries such as Cote d’Ivoire (147th), Togo (149th), Benin (151st), Burkina Faso (167th) and Nigeria (170th).

With a shared history and cultural links, Ghana and the UK have a strong bilateral trade relationship, strengthened by a steady stream of ministerial and diplomatic visits from high profile figures in recent years, including HRH Prince Edward and Adam Afriyie, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana.

The Ghana Investment Tour (GIT) is running from Monday 17th to Friday 21st October 2016 in Ghana’s capital city Accra. Limited spaces are currently available for UK-based delegates who can register their interest via the UKGCC website http://ukgcc.com.gh or AB2020 http://africabusiness2020.com

ABN TV honours Dentaa Amoateng MBE

Glowing tributes poured in from stars, family and friends at an intimate event organised by ABN TV, ABN Radio, Shipley Global Services and Christian Gottfried & Co Solicitors, for GUBA CEO – Dentaa Amoateng MBE on Thursday, 14th July 2016 in London. The event was in celebration of her appointment by Her Majesty the Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Kofi Addo and Damptey Asare from the GHC with Dentaa

Kofi Addo and Damptey Asare from the GHC with Dentaa

The founder of GUBA Awards was among a privileged group of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom, whose achievements in diverse fields were celebrated in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2016. The award recognised her work in advancing relations between the United Kingdom and the African diaspora through her GUBA Enterprise that comprises of the GUBA Awards, the GUBA Foundation, GUBA Expo and the GUBA Careers Fair.

In her speech, Dentaa said the award is a reminder of the importance of following one’s dream and working hard to execute it daily.

“I am very delighted to be here in front of you all today. You all represent the reason why I am who I am and why GUBA has become a household name. The continued support and love that you continue to show me, my organisation and my family is beyond measure. I take this moment to say thank you! Thank you for the continuous encouragement, the business opportunities, the partnerships and most of all, for believing in me and in the dream. This MBE is an accolade I could have never imagined and I vow to work even harder towards the advancement of our people. I cannot thank my awesome team and family enough.”, she added.

Mr Damptey Asare, Head of Chancery at the Ghana High Commissioner to the UK acknowledged

Sponsors at the event

Sponsors at the event

“By this award you have brought honour to Ghana, you have brought honour to your family, friends, as well as the black community in the UK. I can say with confidence that you have been a source of inspiration to many young men and women in this community, and this award can only spur them on to aspire for something greater in their own lives. This award, Dentaa, is a recognition of your hard work, commitment and dedication to the UK Diaspora community. I therefore wish to say on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Victor Smith, the High Commissioner that the Ghana High Commission and the people of Ghana we are proud of your achievements.”

Hosts of the event ABN TV, Christian Gottfried and Shipley Global Services also shared their sentiments:

It is our pleasure to host this event in celebration of our friend and supporter Dentaa Amoateng. She is an inspirational woman and her organisation the GUBA Enterprise much like our company, is an excellent unifier of the African community in the UK. We look forward to many more achievements and to work towards our goal of improving our continent – Genevieve Awuku-Boateng, Head of Marketing ABN TV.

Team Behind Dentaa

Team Behind Dentaa

Dentaa Amoateng is a remarkable woman and we are honoured to sponsor this celebration of her MBE. She is an astounding individual tirelessly working to inspire and improve the African community in the UK. We know that there are greater accolades in store and we look forward to more partnerships. – Christian Gottfried Solicitors.

We are proud to be one of the partner sponsors of this evening in honour of Dentaa, she represents everything we stand for. We have watched with great admiration how Dentaa has grown professionally over the years. She is not just an example to the growth of the Ghanaian community but to me and women all over the world. – Shipley Global Services.

In her tribute, Paulette Simpson, Executive Director, The Voice Newspaper, called Mrs Amoateng a positive black female role model.

“Dentaa is not only for Africa but for the Caribbean too. She had a vision and followed it with passion and continues to achieve regardless of the barriers”, she said.

Councillor Olu Babatola, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, who is the first

Cllr. Olu Babatola

Cllr. Olu Babatola

African Mayor of the Borough, said: “On behalf of Royal Greenwich I congratulate Dentaa on being recognised for an MBE. It is a wonderful achievement to receive such a prestigious award and well deserved for her work both locally and further afield.”

Statements were also read out on behalf of  the captain of Ghana National Football team, Asamoah Gyan and his wife Gifty, former First Lady, Mrs Cherie Blair, GUBA Patron Hugh Quarshie, celeb June Sarpong, Mrs Regina Sintim, the Ghana High Commission and the Trade Envoy to Ghana, MP Adam Afriyie.
The event was hosted by Comedian Eddie Kadi and it was an evening of celebration of African accomplishments and aspirations.

Review: Ghanaians in Parliament with London Mayoral Candidates

Ghanaians in Parliament: forging political partnerships

Kwasi  Kwarteng, Adam Afriyie and Sam Gyimah are the three MPs of Ghanaian heritage that spring to mind when I think of Ghanaians in Parliament… not a group of men and women from my motherland milling about metres from the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London.

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Portcullis House

But that is exactly what The Ghana Society created when it organised ‘Ghanaians in Parliament with London Mayoral candidates’ at Portcullis House. Ghanaians from all walks of life rubbed shoulders with MPs and London Mayor hopefuls under the banner of forging stronger trading ties between Ghana and the UK.

Ghanaian connections

Fittingly, the event, which as MCed by broadcaster Owusu Frimpong, was staged on Ghana Republic Day on 1 July and hosted by Kelvin Hopkins MP. Mr Hopkins has a long association with Ghana. He is also good friends with The Ghana Society UK  founder Maria Ampah Lovell and it seems is something of a regular at Ghana’s social events. But his ties with Ghana are deep and stretch back to his school days when he had the privilege of watching a game between amateur footballers from the former British colony play in England against Their colonial masters.

The then-called Gold Coast team played BAREFOOT except for bandages on their feet and yet still managed to beat the home team!!!!

 

London mayoral candidates

Healthy competition is always good, as is partnership and trade which were central themes to the Westminster meeting. uk ghDiscussion centred on how the UK can collaborate with Ghana to foster these longstanding ties. Panellists comprising writers, economists and politicians used the floor to explore how Ghana’s mineral wealth, manpower and expertise can be partnered with the UK.

And this is where contributions from London’s mayoral candidates was key. Some homed in on the need to celebrate multiculturalism …but for me the ones that stuck out were those that were able to draw parallels between Ghana and the UK.

Let’s hope that in the same way that incumbent mayor Boris Johnson has flown the flag for UK-India trade collaborations, these same seeds of change can be planted in the minds of Boris’ successor.

 

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So Tom Chance, who is standing to be the Green Party’s mayoral candidate, highlighted that like the UK, Ghana has ambitious plans to tackle climate change. He  touched on plans in Ghana to increase solar generation capacity by 6% by 2016.

Something I think we can all agree couldn’t come a day too soon for our brothers and sisters languishing under ‘dumsor’. ‘Dumsor’ or load shedding occurs when there is not enough power to deliver electricity to everyone in an area, forcing some people to go without.

In fact, it is UK-based Blue Energy, an investor and developer of renewable energy projects, that is helping Ghana achieve its 6% increase in solar generation capacity by 2016. The company is constructing the 155-megawatt Nzema solar project in Ghana. Overall, however, Ghana has a target to generate 10% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

 

Salt

Kofi Addo of the Ghana High Commission and agro-processing expert Anthony Ayakwah stressed the importance of harnessing Ghana’s resource base and adding value to the raw materials. Salt production in Ghana is an opportunity that isn’t being taken full advantage of, he stressed. Despite Ghana having enough salt to more than meet domestic consumption, Ghana imports salt 1tonnes from Brazil. And if only technology in cashew production in Ghana were more cutting edge, areas such as Wenchi in Ghana’s middle belt would be in a position to meet the needs of the UK market.

But not everyone agree with this model of trade partnership. Prospective Labour mayoral candidate Christian Wolmar observed that it seemed the rhetoric of adding value to Ghana’s resources and forging stronger UK-Ghana trade partnerships had not moved on since his early days as an economist more than 40 years ago. He questioned whether it wasn’t time for Ghana to focus its development around its own needs instead of trying to emulate the West.

Thought provoking stuff. But enough about what I think – see for yourself.

Here are some brief clips from the event:

Introduction

Ghanaian opera singer

Anthony Ayakwah on agro-processing

 

By Kirsty Osei-Bempong (MisBeee Writes)

Article taken from here