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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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Halifax, Arnold head to ZYLOFON Media

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Ace Ghanaian entertainment writers, Arnold Asamoah Baidoo and Halifax Ansah Addo, have joined creative arts outfit, ZYLOFON Media.

Head of Communications at the company, Samuel Atuobi Baah, confirming the news, divulged how confident he is that both journalists prove a great asset to the various projects they will be handling at the company.

Arnold Asamoah Baidoo will be in charge of communication for Zylofon Music and the Nana Appiah Mensah (NAM) Mission, while Halifax Ansah Addo heads over to ZYLOFON Cash and Zylofon Events.

Halifax Ansah Addo

Editor-in-Chief for the Publisher newspaper, Ansah Addo is CEO of Halifax Entertainment – an events and talent management company, and has had managerial stints with Ghanaian acts Nii Funny and Article Wan. He’s also into media consultancy.

A seasoned journalist and PR expert, Asamoah Baidoo has been associated with P&P, Razz, the Miss Ghana, the RTP Awards, and a number of famed Ghanaian musicians. He has also sat on various boards including People’s Celebrity Awards, Ghana Events Awards, and 3Music Awards.

 

 

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Gyan Investment partners DCPL in new deal

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The business holding name for Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, Gyan Investment Ghana Limited Group, has entered into a business agreement with Development Capital Partners Limited.

The agreement amongst others allows Gyan Investments Ghana Limited to access advisory services from DCP.

The advisory services will cover the entities under the group including the yet to be launched, Baby Jet Airlines.

Commenting on the deal, the CEO of DCP, Andrew Naylor said, Asamoah Gyan is a high profile personality both in Ghana and internationally so we are delighted to have been chosen to support the development of his business portfolio including Baby Jet Airlines.”

CEO of the Gyan Investment Ghana Limited Group, Sammy Addo, also expressed appreciation to DCP for agreeing to support the Gyan Investment Ghana Limited Group.

Baby Jet Airlines is currently undergoing processes to be granted an air carrier license which will enable it start operating in Ghana’s domestic aviation space.

It recently announced recruitment of staff for the airline company.

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PUMA ENERGY DISTRIBUTION GHANA! Yahaya Yunusa is the new Group MD

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The group comprising Puma Energy Distribution Ghana Limited, the Ghanaian subsidiary of global integrated mid and downstream energy company Puma Energy; and Blue Ocean Investments Limited, Ghana’s second largest bulk distribution company, has appointed Mr. Yahaya Yunusa as the new Group Managing Director for Ghana. This appointment came into effect on April 1, 2018.

A Nigerian national with rich experience in oil marketing across Africa, Mr. Yunusa brings to bear a record of solid performance since joining Puma Energy in March 2016 as General Manager for Nigeria. In August the same year, he was transferred to Zambia as the Managing Director, a position he has occupied until this appointment.

Mr. Yunusa has over 20 years of experience in the downstream petroleum industry, acquired through a career of over 15-year career with Total Petroleum in different Commercial and Senior Management roles in Nigeria and France, as well as with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, where he spent three years.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to lead the Ghana teams. These two companies are fast-growing and ambitious, and I know that together, we will bring even more innovative solutions to motorists, businesses and Ghana as a whole,” said Mr. Yunusa.

Mr. Yunusa takes over from Mr. Myles Bouvier-Baird, who has headed the group’s Ghana operations for the past three years. Mr. Bouvier-Baird has moved on to a regional role to oversee West African operations for Puma Energy as the Chief Operating Officer for West Africa.

While Puma Energy prioritises meeting the needs of Ghanaian motorists, businesses and communities through the provision of high quality, competitively-priced products and services, Blue Ocean Investments is Ghana’s second largest bulk distributor of fuels to an array of reputable oil marketing companies.

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BTL Marketing Solutions Limited marks 5th year in Ghana, pledges to conquer Africa by 2027

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Marking its fifth anniversary in Ghana, BTL Marketing Solutions Limited (BTL), a well-rounded advertising and digital marketing firm has held a chops and wine session for its clients, suppliers and media partners.

The ‘Abofu’ based outfit which first set up base at Spintex and Adabraka operating in hotels and rented spaces before finding its home on the N1 Highway stretch was grateful to the Supreme Divine for how far they’ve come.

CEO for BTL Gabriel Kojo Appiah, assured stakeholders that the firm’s 7 cardinal principles will not be eroded rather harder and smarter work will be done to sustain the 12 A-class accounts they manage of corporate Ghana as well as the 12 A-class accounts they mange in Congo and even strive to capture more A-class accounts in all the market they play. “BTL has footing in 9 African countries but by year 2020, we purpose to increase that number to 19,” the CEO declared.

According to Mr. Appiah, brands need support, reason why BTL strives to become the most influential agency in West and East Africa by year 2020 and Africa as a whole by 2027 with an eye on Asia and the South America markets.

“Calculated strategy has been put in place and we are already in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Kenya, Congo, Gambia and Zambia so the dream can materialize,” he submitted.

Keen to lift people out of poverty, Mr. Appiah further pointed out that BTL’s brand activations provided income for 3,721 people in Ghana while in Liberia 1,200 casual employees got paid for work done.

The CEO thanked BTL bankers; Ecobank, Fidelity and Stanbic for ensuring they stay in shape financially without overspending stressing BTL takes it Corporate Social Responsibility seriously.

“BTL has been paying the school fees and other bills of pupils who emerge tops in their class at the Presby School in our neighbourhood up to the secondary school level.”

For Head of Operations for BTL Marketing Solutions Limited, Solomon Nanfa; the reason clients trust them with their business is because they over deliver and pleasantly surprise the client. He added he was grateful to suppliers for their partnership.

According to Media General Executive and media expert; Francis Doku, he is delighted for how far BTL has come given its humble beginnings adding he expects grander things in the next 5 years of BTL’s life.

Regina and Martison from Vodafone Ghana were full of praise for the work BTL offered when engaged. “You can go to sleep when working with BTL because they deliver the numbers,” he boldly claimed.

Primenewsghana don and advertising notable; McBen Asamoah remarked: “the BTL CEO has been a hands-on person while dealing with him so I can say its only 25% of what he will eventually achieve that we are witnesses too now.”

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM Stock National Blood Bank

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The 2018 edition of Happy 98.9 FM’s annual blood donation exercise was partnered by Donewell Insurance as part of their 25th Anniversary celebrations and Corporate Social Responsibility.

The blood donation exercise which took place at the Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra on Saturday April 14, saw a host of Donewell Insurance Company Limited and Happy FM staff together with the general public donating blood to stock the National Blood Bank.

Over 100 units of blood was collected to boost the stock of blood at the National Blood Bank.

Speaking at the Blood Donation Exercise, Timothy Karikari, a Director at Global Media Alliance Broadcast Company (GMABC) stated that the issue of shortage of blood at the hospitals is a great concern to Happy FM and hence the partnership with Donewell Insurance Company Limited to beef up the stock at the blood bank.

“We at GMABC, having trust and confidence in the Donewell brand, decided to partner them in this year’s edition. Shortage of blood at our hospitals has been an issue of great concern to this country. Blood is essential for life and the wellbeing of Ghana’s human resource is critical for the success of this country. We believe that by doing this, we are contributing our quota to the health and development of this nation,” Mr. Karikari disclosed.

He said that blood cannot be manufactured and therefore essential for people to donate to help save a life.

Blood cannot be manufactured or created and so by donating blood, you are saving someone’s life, a company’s life and a nation’s future.  Even one unit of blood is important,” he noted.

Jennifer Bebli, Head of Marketing and Business Development at Donewell Insurance Company Limited disclosed that the objective of the blood donation exercise was to give back to society and also to help save lives.

“It has been all over the news that the blood bank has always had a shortage in terms of blood so we decided that as part of our way of giving back and saving lives, we organized this exercise. Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our support to Ghanaians and the community in which we carry out our business, this blood donation exercise is one of the many CSR activities lined up for the year. Since our head office is in Osu, we thought it right to undertake this CSR activity in the community in which we have stayed in these 25years and also to support the blood bank by donating blood,” she noted.

The blood donation exercise lasted for about 8 hours from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  There were other activities such as free medical screening and health checks for participants by qualified medical professionals.

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Donewell Insurance, Happy FM to Stock National Blood Bank

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Donewell Insurance Company Limited in partnership with Happy FM, is set to save lives on Saturday April 14 with the annual Blood Donation exercise.

The much anticipated blood donation exercise which is a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) event, is meant to boost the stock of blood at the national Blood Bank.

The event will take place at the premise of Osu Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Accra from 6am to 4pm and according to organizers, over 1,000 units of blood are expected to be collected to help our hospitals save lives in Ghana.

Chief Executive Officer of the Global Media Alliance Group, Mr. Ernest Boateng , said over the past 7 years, Happy FM has been committed to saving lives through the blood donation exercise and the station will continue with this great initiative.

“We want to encourage all listeners of Happy FM and compassionate members of the general public to come and help save a life with their bloods. This year, we want to collect about 1,000 units of blood to beef up the stock at the national blood bank,” Mr. Boateng added.

Meanwhile Robert Boateng, the General manager of Donewell Insurance Company Limited stated that aside the blood donation on the said day, there will also be health screening and other activities for the general public as well.

“Donewell Insurance is 25 years and as part of our CSR activities, a health screening and blood donation exercise would be held on Saturday April 14, 2018 at the Ebenezer Presby Church, Osu Accra . We invite the general public to come and support this worthy cause by donating blood to save precious lives,” he said.

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