Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Rigworld International Services Limited, Dr. Kofi Abban has been adjudged oil and gas entrepreneur for the year 2016.
This was during the 7th Ghana Entrepreneur & Corporate Executive Awards under the theme, “Promoting Economic Growth through Private Sector Development and Good Corporate Governance” held over the weekend in the national capital.
Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry who was the Guest of Honour observed Ghana has suffered greatly in recent times in terms of industrialization.
This, he emphasized was as a result of negative growth recorded in agriculture, industry and other sectors.
The Deputy Minister assured the commitment of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government to bring the country back on track and that cannot be done without the private sector.
“Today, we have a new government and it is our desire that we bring us back on track and move this country forward. If we can do this and do it properly, we need the private sector because we’ve always seen the private sector as the engine of growth and we intend to make the private sector the centre for growing this economy,” Ahenkorah said.
In lieu of that, the Deputy Trade & Industry Minister stated the government has couched a 10-pillar plan to propel its industrialization and growth agenda.
The 10-pillar he reiterated includes providing a stimulus package for distressed Ghanaian companies, “one district one factor” initiative, strategic anchor industries, setting up industrial parks in at least each of the 10 regions as well as Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) development.
Others are improve export development, business regulatory reforms, improve retail infrastructure to promote made in Ghana goods and institutionalize a public-private sector dialogue on regular basis to address possible challenges to be encountered by businesses.
He further stated, “We assure you that as private sector, the government will use you as the engine of growth and get this economy to the next level.”
Deputy Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, said the government had rolled out an economic intervention programme providing an amount of over GHC 200 million in technical and financial support to revive distressed companies.
He also disclosed government was working on the National Entrepreneurship Innovation Plan (NEIP), which would focus on accelerating and improving the quality of entrepreneurship and promoting innovation in businesses.
“We are of the belief creating innovative and competitive avenues like these will go a long way to grow the base of indigenous Ghanaian entrepreneurs to add value to what you are already doing.
We believe that these and many other measures will booster your efforts to succeed in business thereby strengthening our economy, create jobs and incomes that we are all looking for, Oppong Nkrumah said.
Sam Ato Gaisie, the President of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana (EFG), organizers of the awards, said the initiative was to inspire Ghanaian entrepreneurs to undertake entrepreneurship and also enhance the visibility of local entrepreneurs and businesses.
Member of the Council of State and President of Groupe Ideal, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani was adjudged the overall Best Entrepreneur of the year 2016 for his exceptional contributions towards the country’s socio-economic development.
He advised young entrepreneurs to develop good attitude and integrity in order to succeed in the business environment.
The annual awards organized by EFG in association with Omnibank and endorsed by the Ministries of Trade and Industry and Finance, seeks to reward excellence among the most committed entrepreneurs and corporate executives in Ghana.
Find below the full list of Award Winners
Gobind Wadhwani, Managing Director, Kanem-em Industries Ltd who won the Lifetime Entrepreneurial Achievement; Richard Dugan, Groupe President of Mcottley Holdings Energy for Young Entrepreneur; Godwin Gyamfi emerged as the Entrepreneur of the year- Real Estate Development, and Abigail Asolange Harlley, Chief Executive Officer of AI Energy Group was adjudged the Best Woman Entrepreneur.
Emmanuel Twum Obeng, Chief Executive Officer, Jislah Financial Services Ltd won the Banking and Finance CEO, Emmanuel Anane, Chief Executive Officer of Gentle Giants Co Ltd emerged winner for the Best Entrepreneur at the Food and Beverage Industry; Dr Wisdom Amegbletor, Chief Executive Officer of New Crystal Health Services, Best Entrepreneur Health Services.
Others were; Maxwell Owusu Nkrabeah, Chief Executive Officer of Rockcare Clinic Ltd, Best Herbal Industry Entrepreneur, David Amankwah Jnr, Managing Director, David Walter Ltd, Best Entrepreneur, Building and Construction, Dr Kofi Amoa-Abban, Chief Executive Officer of RigWorld International Services Ltd won the Best Entrepreneur, Oil and Gas category, Gina Ama Blay, Chief Executive Officer of Western Publications Limited, Best Entrepreneur, Media Communication category.
The rest were; Seth Yeboah Ocran, Chief Executive Officer of Yoks Investments, Ltd for Car Rental Industry, Edmund Akoto Bamfo, Chairman Beatex Enterprise Ltd, Household Industry Entrepreneur, Nesrin Bayazit, Turkish Ambassador as the Woman Ambassador of the year whilst Robert Jackson, Ambassador of US to Ghana emerged the Male Ambassador of the year.
Mukesh Thaikwani, the Chief Executive Officer B5 Plus Ltd emerged the Best Industrialist Entrepreneur of the year, Joesph Kojo Biney, Chief Executive Officer of BAJ Freight and Logistics Ltd emerged the Transport and Logistics Entrepreneur of the year, and Eric Seddy Kutortse, Group Chairman, First Sky Group of Companies, Building and Construction.
The winners of the Corporate Category are; Emmanuel Asiedu, Chief Executive Officer of the Gratis Foundation won the Technical and Engineering CEO of the year, Joe Tackie, Chief Executive Officer of Private Sector Development Ministry for Private Sector CEO, Nour Seklaqui, Managing Director, Electroland Ghana Ltd for Electrical and Electronics CEO of the year, Tor Nyagard, Chief Executive Officer of the Dangote Cement Ghana Ltd for Building and Construction Industry CEO of the year.
Others were: Sunil Wadhwani, Executive Director Kane-em Industries Ltd for Rubber and Plastic CEO of the year, Hendrick Du Preez, Country Manager of Emirates Airline emerged the Airline Industry CEO of the year, Dr. Gideon Yao Amenyedor, Executive Vice-Chairman Vanguard Assurance Co Ltd for Insurance Industry CEO of the year, Kofi Ampong, Chief Executive Officer of Broll Ghana Ltd for Property Management CEO of the year.
The rest were: Felix Nyarko-Pong, Chief Executive Officer of Unibank Ghana Ltd for Banking and Finance CEO of the year, Kojo Addae-Mensah, Group Chief Executive Databank Group for CEO Investment Banking Industry, Ebenezer Twum Asante, Chief Executive Officer Scancom Plc for Telecommunication CEO of the year.
Valentina Mintah, Chief Executive Officer West Blue Consulting Ltd, won the Business and ICT consulting CEO of the year Joe Mensah, Vice-President and Country Manager, Kosmos Energy Ghana for Oil and Gas Exploration and Production CEO of the year, Raman Malhotra, Country Manager MAC Ghana Auto Ltd for Automotive CEO of the year, Angela Kyeremanten-Jimoh, Country General Manager IBM Ghana Ltd won the Information, Communication and Technology Services CEO of the year.
Freda Duplah, Managing Director of Nestle Ghana Ltd won the Food and Beverage Industry CEO, Philip Oti-Mensah, Chief Executive Officer OmniBank Ltd won the SME Financial CEO, Joshy Varkey, Managing Director, Nyonkopa Buying Ltd for Agro Business Cocoa Industry CEO of the year and Emmanuel Adu-Sarkodee, Group Chief Executive Officer, CDH Financial Holding for Group Chief Executive of the year.