Tema holds Maiden CEOs Business Networking Cocktail
The Tema branch of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce & Industry
held its maiden CEOs Business Networking Cocktail dubbed “Meet the Movers and Shakers of Tema”.
The event under the theme “surmounting bureaucracy through networking for the promotion of a vibrant private sector” brought together CEOs of businesses in Tema and some from Accra to network with heads of key stakeholder institutions that had direct impact to their operations. Some of the guests included, the Hon. Titus Glover, MP for Tema East and deputy Minister for Transport, 1st Vice President of the GNCCI - Mr Clement Osei Amoako, Immediate Past President of the GNCCI - Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, the Tema Mayor – Hon Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La, the Sector Commander for GRA-Customs Division – Dr Godfred Okoh Appiah, the CEO of Ghana Shippers Authority – Ms Benonita Bismarck, the Tema Regional Executives of the GNCCI, Mrs Leticia Osafo-Addo(Special Guest Speaker), President of GIFF and executives and many more.
The program was organized under the supervision of the Tema Regional Executives in the persons of Chairman- Mr., Isaac Barry, Vice Chairman – Mr. Cosmos Bondzie, Treasurer – Mrs. Dzifah Obuamah and Regional Manager – Mr. Daniel Osei Torgbor.
The event afforded CEOs and business leaders present the opportunity to interact and get the thoughts of the speakers on specific issues affecting their businesses, especially on the cost and ease of doing business in Tema and beyond. The speakers took turns to address participants and respond to several questions. This was followed by the networking session with drinks and some good music to go with.
Some of the issues discussed at the event included; security in the Tema Metropolis, sanitation, levies and charges, port clearance processes, access to good roads, etc.
The Hon. Titus Glover was very grateful to the Chamber for organizing such event and admonished CEOs present to be patriotic and purchase made-in-Ghana products to propel us to achieving the agenda of a ‘Ghana without Aid’. He said the government is focused on reducing the cost and ease of doing business as well as engaging the businesses with several policy initiatives that are geared towards the promotion of a vibrant private sector as stated in the theme.
The Tema Mayor, Hon Felix Nii Anang-La also spoke on his vision of making Tema the Premier Industrial City in the country. He assured members that the recent issues of security and robbery has been extensively discussed at the Metropolitan Security Committee (MESEC) and strong measures has been put in place to curb the practice. He encouraged businesses to collaborate and assist the Police service for the successful implementation of the strategies. He also touched on levies and charges and assured businesses that the assembly was ready to engage and dialogue on how best to reduce the cost and ease of doing business in the Metropolis whiles also assisting the assembly rake in the needed revenue to undertake the developmental projects it has earmarked for the region.
The CEO of the Ghana Shippers Authority – Ms Benonita Bismarck, the Sector Commander for GRA Customs Division – Tema, Dr. Godfred Okoh Appiah together with Mr Abraham Mensah – General Manager Operations of the GPHA also assured businesses of their outfit’s readiness to implement measures to make operations at the ports less stressful and very cost effective.
A surprise feature for the night was a Special Guest Speaker in the person of Mrs Leticia Osafo Addo, an Industrialist in Food Processing and Preservation as well as the Founder and MD for Samba Foods Ltd.
Mrs. Osafo-Addo encouraged CEOs present to remain focused and determined in spite the seemingly visible giant obstacle on their paths and persevere through to achieve their vision to creating a vibrant Private sector ready to impact our economy by creating employment and growing our industries.
She shared with participants some strategies that have helped grown the Samba Food brand nit in Ghana but across the continent and the world as a whole. She encouraged participants present to take advantage of opportunities such as these created by the Chamber to network and create the right contacts that can help propel their businesses to the next level.
Also at the event were representatives of other stakeholder institutions like the Tema Development Corporation, Ghana ports and Harbour Authority, Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders represented by the President as well as many other institutions.
There was also time for the Customer Development Director for Unilever Ghana, Mrs Gladys Amoah to speak on the state of Industries in the Tema Metropolis. She shared with participants some of the obstacle that Unilever encountered and the measures they took to surmount them. This was followed by a word from one of the sponsors of the event, Gold Coast Fund Management. Mr. Emmanuel Odue, branch manager for Tema explained to CEOs present the various short and long-term investment opportunities, pension fund management, brokerage accounts, financial advisory, and corporate finance consultancy services provided by Gold Coast Fund Management.
The event was proudly supported by Global Cargo & Commodities Ltd, the leading name in freight forwarding and logistics in the country, Gold Cost Fund Management providing investment advice worth its weight its gold and Royal Nick Hotel – the Premier Hotel in Tema. There was also support from Unilever Ghana Ltd and Printpack Ghana Ltd as well as Becky Queen ENT who provided special souvenirs for the Special Guests.