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People Initiative Foundation Announces New Direction

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People Initiative Foundation (PIF) has announced two strategic focus areas and two flagship programs that will enable it to deliver on its mission of inspiring Africa’s Youth to succeed. Under its youth empowerment focus area, it will grow the Africa Internship Academy to equip young people with skills to excel in work and life. In its  Social Impact Events focus area it will run Africa Dialogues, an African thought- leadership platform for discussions on governance and human rights, education, youth unemployment, infrastructure, public health, gender inequality, and more towards helping our continent attain AGENDA 2063 and the 2030 SDGs.

Speaking on the new strategy, spokesperson for PIF, Emmanuel Leslie Addae explained “The foundation has run a pilot for these initiatives in Ghana in 2016 with great success and learning. In 2017 and beyond we look to expand them from Ghana to other countries to ensure that we nurturing and mentoring the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing Africa.”

The strategy builds on the work done by PIF co-founders Emmanuel Leslie Addae and Daniel Antwi since 2013. organizing events and programs. Events organized by the duo include TEDxLabone, TEDxAccra, Africa Initiatives Summit and over 60 other events in Accra and beyond.  Videos of these events have over 1M views online. PIF live streams events in over 150 countries and its last conference was the sixth top trending hashtag on Twitter worldwide. The Foundation’s primary target group are Africa’s youth aged 18 to 45. In launching People Initiative Foundation, Emmanuel and Daniel are taking their learning and extending it to promote and support young people in Africa to achieve their goals in life.

In its pilot year, PIF worked on projects with partners such as British Council, Netherlands Ghana Embassy, SE Ghana, VSO Ghana, YALI West Africa Regional Centre, British High Commission and others relating to Education, Youth Unemployment, Technology, Communication, Creative Arts, Social Enterprises, Women in business and others. The new focus will enable the organization to be more effective and will comprise.

  • Youth Empowerment Programs:  PIF’s flagship youth initiative is the Africa Internship Academy, which is Africa’s first youth-employment accelerator program that trains students and graduates to gain entrepreneurial and employable skills for the job market. The program helps candidates launch their careers by giving them intensive employable skills and also partnering with businesses/institutions to develop or enhance their diversity recruitment and inclusion strategies.

 

  • Social Impact:  PIF’s flagship Social Impact initiative is AFRICA DIALOGUES an African thought-leadership platform that focuses on broad-ranging discussions on children, youth unemployment, governance and human rights, education, infrastructure, public health, gender and income inequality, Africa’s economies and urban development towards helping Africa attain the SDGs 2030 and AGENDA 2063. The platform brings together children, youth, policy makers, innovative business leaders, accomplished academics, leaders of civil society organizations and other distinguished individuals to foster productive dialogue about THE AFRICA WE WANT.

People Initiative Foundation is a private Non for profit organization, which focuses on promoting and supporting Africa’s youth to achieve their goals in life. PIF has dedicated its efforts to creating programs that will promote cultural diversity while nurturing and mentoring the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are positively changing Africa.

 

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IMAGES – 4th Edition of West Africa Agrofood

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The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana in partnership with Adepta organised the French Pavilion at the 4th edition of the West Africa Agrofood event.

officially launched the French Pavilion at the 4th Edition of West Africa Agrofood which France’s expertise in agrofood technology. 7 companies, specializing in a variety of segments which includes irrigation, water treatment, refrigerated storage, livestock & meat processing participated. The French Pavilion was launched by the Ambassador of France to Ghana H.E. Francois Pujolas.

This fair was aimed at bringing opportunity to the Ghanaian market as well as bridge the gap between France and Ghana. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana (CCIFG), an association of companies and professionals belonging to different sectors which aims at supporting, fostering and enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies also organised dedicated business to business meetings with Ghanaian players.

It was also an opportunity to further discover their interest and respond to local needs by providing customized solutions. French companies present at the pavilion included BWT France, Cesbron, Cycle Farms, Dagard, Decopack, Kulker and Serac.

The 4th edition of the West Africa Agro Food attracted hundreds of visitors with a record participation of 90+ exhibitors from twenty-one countries. Visitors discussed their businesses with exhibitors at the French pavilion presenting all of their latest technologies, solutions and products as well participating future partnerships.

The French pavilion organised in partnership with Adepta was held within the frame work of activities lined up in celebration of the 60 years of bilateral relations between Ghana and France.

The CCIFG also organised a Networking Cocktail for members and associates of the Chamber where participants had the opportunity to meet with the French companies present at the French pavilion. The Networking cocktail was held at the CCIFG garden to celebrate the end of the year.

Mrs Delphine Adenot-Owusu, MD, CCIFG said the association will continue to aid in business partnerships using its network to bring business opportunity to Ghana as well as help extend business activity from Ghana abroad.

She said with over 20 business sectors represented, the CCIFG acts as a business support system to its members by providing information and business opportunities through informative events, market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and trade shows.

“To contribute to business growth for members, CCIFG continues to organize events with its partners to share practical information and create a platform to establish new business partnerships”, Mrs Adenot-Owusu explained.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana is an association of companies and professionals belonging to different sectors which aims at supporting, fostering and enhancing bilateral trade and investment relations between French and Ghanaian companies. With over 20 business sectors represented, the CCIFG acts as a business support system to its members by providing information and business opportunities through informative events, market studies, product-market testing, prospective missions and trade shows.

To contribute to business growth for members, CCIFG continues to organize events with its partners to share practical information and create a platform to establish new business partnerships. The French Pavilion organised also contributes significantly to the global rising of activities in the France in Ghana network so as to enhance the existing bilateral relationship between the two Republics.

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Samsung Employees & Partners Volunteer Towards “Operation Smile”

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Employees and partners of technology giant Samsung Electronics Ghana have engaged in a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative through their partnership with international medical group Operation Smile to fund free cleft surgeries in Ghana

The Samsung team together with their key trade partners of which included Compu-Ghana, Electroland and Franko Trading, visited the Koforidua Regional Hospital where the Electronics provider funded cleft surgeries for close to 150 children. Samsung’s contribution to the initiative was $50,000.

Through its “Smile with Samsung” project, the company is donating $1 for every authorized smartphone bought towards free cleft surgeries from now until the end of January 2018.

The team were involved in organizing logistics for the operations, registering of   patients, playing with the children and also congratulating patients who came out of surgery.

Statistics indicate that every three minutes somewhere in the world a child is born with a cleft.  In Ghana, this equates to one out of every 750 births. Despite the fact that a cleft can be fixed with a simple surgery lasting just 45 minutes, one out of every 10 children with cleft dies before their first birthday.

Commenting on the initiative, Tracy Kyei, Marketing Manager at Samsung Ghana said: Our aim is to support a worthy cause in which our customers can partake – we want them to be proud to own a Samsung phone. We are grateful to all our customers for choosing Samsung and intend supporting this initiative to put smiles on the faces of children during this festive season”.

She urged all customers who purchase a Samsung device to register on the e-warranty to ensure Samsung recognizes the sale. “They will then receive a confirmation message, via SMS, that $1 has been donated to the “Smile with Samsung” project” Ms. Kyei added.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Smart Home and Digital Health initiatives. We employ 319,000 people across 84 countries with annual sales of US $196 billion.

 

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Star Beer Launches “First Gold” Promo

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Ghana’s liquid gold, Star Beer has launched a major National Consumer Promotion (NCP) – Star Win Gold Promotion to reward its loyal consumers with gold bars. Star Beer for the past two consecutive years has won the prestigious Monde Gold international award for its quality taste and is using this opportunity to share this gold with Ghanaians.

Ghana, as one of the world’s leading gold producers and formerly known as the Gold Coast has a rich heritage and Gold plays a central part in many dimensions. Star Beer in celebration of our rich culture and heritage is turning the dreams and aspirations of loyal Star Beer lovers into gold.

The NCP, which will run for three months from now till February 2018  will offer consumers the opportunity to win over GHc3 million worth of amazing prizes including gold bars, hundreds of thousands of free bottles of Star Beer,

Marketing Manager for Lagers at Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Mr. Carsten Schemmer announced that there will be 200 (2.5g gold bars) to be won instantly during the promotion. “This NCP is to first of all reward our loyal Star Beer consumers and how best to do so but with real Gold which has an emotional connection to Ghana. I am particularly delighted about this promotion as we give back to our consumers. This is an exciting time for our brand and I urge all quality beer lovers to get on board, enjoy a Star Beer and win gold as well as other amazing prizes”

According Mr. Schemmer, promotion labels and crowns will be on both the 330ml and 625ml bottles of Star Beer for consumers to purchase at the various outlets including bars, restaurants, supermarkets etc.

He explained that consumers just have to open a refreshing Star Beer, look under the crown cork and if one finds GOLD inscribed under the crown cock, consumers only have to call the dedicated phone number on the neck label. The Gold will be delivered to the winners by our Gold partners – PMMC Jewelry.

Mr. Schemmer added that consumers are not to make any payments to anyone whatsoever in order to redeem their prizes.

Brewed from the finest quality of barley, malt, and hops, Star beer not only offers every true beer drinker the richest and most refreshing taste in beer, but also celebrate life’s journey and those uniquely Ghanaian values which help you along the way. Follow the conversation #ShareTheLiquidGold

 

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GGBL Launches “Ɔdehyeɛ’’ Beer

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Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Ghana’s only Total Beverage Business in line with its commitment to delight consumers with fantastic new drinks rooted in identified consumer insight, has launched Ɔdehyeɛ Beer; A beer celebrating Ashanti heritage, progress & future on farmers Day.

A testament to our pioneering work in local raw materials usage and support for our local farmers.

Ɔdehyeɛ Beer, locally produced in Ghana is distributed in the Ashanti Region and available in 625ml and 300ml bottles.

Melanie Ramsey – Marketing and Innovations Director of GGBL said, “Innovation is at the very core of our business. The Ghanaian consumer is evolving, becoming more sophisticated and aspirational yet very much rooted in culture and heritage”.

It is in line with this that we forge into a new era with the people of Ashanti Region to launch Ɔdehyeɛ Beer – the first truly local beer that celebrates royalty in an everyday way. The uniqueness of Ɔdehyeɛ Beer lies in the carefully selected raw materials sourced locally and brewed in the Ashanti Region to the highest quality standards for all the royal people of the entire region”.

Commenting on the launch, Gavin Pike –Managing Director of GGBL said “I am excited we are in the garden city of Kumasi launching Ɔdehyeɛ Beer. This beer is inspired by the best of Ashanti culture – A spirit of bravery, courage, valor, power and wealth that drives success against all odds. Our flagship brewery is located in the heart of Ashanti-Kumasi and I am even more delighted to announce that out of every sale of a bottle of Ɔdehyeɛ, a dedicated amount will be given back to the region to provide portable water to vulnerable communities.

Ɔdehyeɛ is the new beer made FOR OUR PEOPLE; FROM OUR LAND. This is ours!”

Ɔdehyeɛ is brewed with 70% local raw material in pursuit of the company’s ambition to use more local raw materials to create sustainable livelihoods for local farmers in Ghana.

 

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Agrofood West Africa holds 4th International Trade Show

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Agrofood West Africa welcomed for the third time a Pavilion of France gathering French companies, from manufacturers and suppliers of equipment to technology and inputs sellers for agriculture, livestock and agrofood production. The pavilion is operated by ADEPTA, a network of 240 French companies, manufacturing and supplying equipment, technologies and inputs for agriculture, livestock and agrofood production.

Adepta, an historical partner of Agrofrood West Africa

At the opening ceremony, HE François Pujolas, French Ambassador to Ghana reminded that ‘Adepta is an historical partner of Agrofood West Africa since it organized the first official foreign pavilion in 2013’.

7 French companies are exhibiting on the show this year and two more are on a visit, all in search of new opportunities in Ghana. As the Ambassador noted These companies ‘offer a showcase of the French technology and know-how in many sectors of the agrofood business, such as aquaculture, agriculture, process and packaging, breeding and animal reproduction technologie’s.

With a turnover of 172 billion € and exports of 44 billion €, France is the nation that has one of the most dynamic agrofood industry in the world.

A mutually rewarding partnership between France and Ghana

France and Ghana have developed fruitful partnerships in the agriculture sector’, said the Ambassador. On the one hand, France has been committed to supporting the development of an agric economy based on family farming, farmer organizations and regulation. Through its development agency, AFD, France has proposed its expertise to assist farmers’ communities in increasing food production in Western and Central Region as well as rice production in Northern, Upper East, Upper West Regions and Volta Region. AFD also takes part in the financing of public investments in infrastructure, especially irrigation in high agricultural potential areas. As an example, it is funding through VRA the Pwalugu multipurpose dam feasibility study.

 

Moreover, as the Ambassador pointed out: ‘French companies have placed their confidence in the Ghanaian agricultural through long-term investments in its natural resources and its human capacities’. Golden exotics produces and sells high quality bananas and pineapple, and has launched the production of high-value organic bananas. Touton transforms cocoa before exporting it and Grel is involved in Hevea production. These firms are also working with their local communities in order to make their economic activity advantageous for all.  Sustainable development, electrification, social housing and education form part of the benefits generated by their corporate and social responsibility policy.

A large part of these investments have spurred trade between France and Ghana. In 2016, Ghanaian agrofood exports to France was the second exporting sector representing 32% of Ghanaian trade to France. According to the French customs, these exports have skyrocketed by 152% in June 2017, on a year-on-year basis. The steady cooperation between France and Ghana has been key to promote a business friendly environment and favor these exchanges and investments. Moving forward together will strengthen the ties between our two economies.

 

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GGCC holds November edition of STRATEGIC NETWORKING & MEMBER Introductory Event

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An important convergence point for corporate executives across the country, the latest edition of the Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce (GGCC)’s Strategic Networking and New Member Introductory Event came off at the Cleaver House in Accra last Wednesday, November 29.

The gathering was to afford both old and existing members of the chamber, an opportunity to interact and share ideas in a relaxing environment. The event also witnessed presentations from Interpay, Kow Company, Heritage Securities,  Alisa Hotel, and Softlanding.

A monthly programme, it follows an October business improvement workshop in the Dubai Chambers at the World Trade Centre building – Accra.

A  “full purpose Business Chamber”, the Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce looks to develop “potent business opportunities between Ghana and the countries of the Gulf: UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain.”

Headed by Albert Ankrah, the chamber is affiliated to Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre, TMC (Dubai), as well as the Philippines Chamber of Commerce. It also engages in other events as conferences, exhibitions and training sessions to better foster business relations between the two territories.

Albert Ankrah, Executive Director for Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce (GGCC)

In an interview with ENEWSGH, Chamber Manager Ms. Stella Exe- Evans expressed her elation at the success of the program, adding that the purpose for the gathering, which is to further the bond between business establishments in both terrains, was well met.

She also mentioned that preparations are already underway for subsequent editions,  while expressing a fervent desire to see even more members onboard.

“This is our little way of augmenting efforts by government to tighten relations between businesses in Ghana and the Gulf region, as it inures to our collective benefit. We look forward to more members to this family, and are confident of all stakeholders leveraging on the event toward improved relations amongst us”, she said.

 

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Albert Ankrah, Executive Director for Ghana Gulf Chamber of Commerce (GGCC)

 

 

 

 

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