Kamis, 10 Mei 2012



THE Chief Executive Officer of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, was adjudged the overall Best Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 at the just-ended  2nd UT-Ghana Entrepreneur Awards held in Accra.

The awards ceremony was aimed at honouring, inspiring and recognising the outstanding achievements of Ghanaian and resident foreign entrepreneurs in small, medium and large enterprises (SMLEs), who have excelled in developing successful business, employment generation and contributing to the growth of the country’s economy.

It was organised by Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Deloitte and Touche.

The awards night commemorated this year's World Entrepreneurship Day (WED), where 30 prominent entrepreneurs were honoured and was also used to create nationwide awareness and promote more small and medium-scale enterprises, and encourage business start-up.

In addition, it was to support the development of new enterprises and the creation of role models who could inspire and mentor future generations of entrepreneurs.

In his welcome address, the founder of the Entrepreneur Foundation of Ghana, Mr Sam Ato Gaisie, said entrepreneurs, in their own way, contributed to the development of the country, hence the need to recognise their efforts.

He said the SME sector was fast growing, hence the need for entrepreneurs to aim for the best through joint partnership and other forms of capital to compete with other countries.

He appealed to institutions to support the foundation in honouring prominent entrepreneurs in the country.
In a speech read on behalf of the Vice President, Mr John Dramani Mahama, the Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Stephen Ackah, challenged them to go a step further to identify high-budding entrepreneurs in Ghana to mentor and assist.

He said the mentoring would make their start-up journeys less lonely and failure-proof, saying, “We would then be leading a movement to catalyse long-term economic growth of this country”.

He pledged the government’s support to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship, especially among the youth who complete school with the mindset to work in only  big companies.

He called for the collaboration with universities and polytechnics to provide entrepreneurship clinics that would increase their interest in self-employment and creation of  ventures.

The Vice President was optimistic that the set-up of venture capital funds and angel investment funds could give young businesses the needed start up capital to launch properly, in addition to the benefit of experiences.
He also encouraged big companies and established organisations to support young businesses with a percentage of their contracts so as to give them the financial push, experience and exposure.

The President of Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr Seth Adjei-Baah, said the country over the years had experienced increase in the attraction of investors due to the vast human talents in the country.

He said entrepreneurs had demonstrated capabilities to adapt to the changing needs of the world of work owing to technological innovations, competition and globalisation.

He, however, urged the entrepreneurs to continue to play active roles in the development of the country.
The awardees included Dr Felix Anyah, Executive Chairman of the Holy Trinity Health Spa, Mr John Daniel Otoo, CEO of Capital 02 Health Company Limited, Mrs Edith Dankwa, Executive Director of the Business and Financial Times Newspaper, Mr James Ebo Whyte, CEO of Roverman Productions, Mr M C Vanani, CEO of Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited, Dr Kweku Frimpong, CEO of  Champion Divine Clinic, Mr Kimathi Mawuse Dake, CEO of Jescan Construction Limited, Mr William Ato  Essien, CEO of Capital Plus, and Mr Herman Chinery Hesse, Executive Chairman of SOFTtribe Limited.

Others were the Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital, Sir Samuel Esson Jonah, CEO of  Manet Group of Companies, Dr Theresa Oppong-Beeko, CEO of Regent University College of Science and Technology, Prof Emmanuel Kingsley Larbi, CEO of Beige Capital Group, Mr Mike  Nyinaku, CEO of MetroTV, Mr Talal Fatal, Chairman of Melcom Group of Companies, Mr Bhagwan Khubehandani, Executive Chairman of Global Media Broadcasting Limited, Mr Edward Boateng, CEO of TT Brothers, Mr Isaac Tetteh, CEO of Japan Motors Group of Companies, Mr Salem Kalmoni, and Chairman of Krif Ghana Limited, Mr  Kenneth Okosun.

The rest were the CEO of M Plaza and Mariset Hotels, Mr Stephen Osei Akoto, Executive Chairman of Comet Properties limited, Nana Odeneho Kyeremanteng, Managing Director of Expectravel-HRG Ghana, Mr Sydney Baeta, Chairman of Mohinani Group of Companies, Mr Ramchard Udharam Mohinani, CEO Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Limited, Mr Samuel Amo Tobbin, CEO of Y. Kumey International Group, Chief Yaw Kumey, CEO of  Lintas Lowe Limited, Mrs Norkor Duah, CEO of Kwatsons Group of Companies,Dr Woley, Managing Solicitor of Kulendi Law, Mr Yonny Kulendi Esq, and  CEO of  Magvlyn Industries Limited, Mr Magnus Nunoo.

The categories of awards were the Overall Best Entrepreneur 2010, Best Young Entrepreneur, Lifetime Achievement, Outstanding, Special Achievement, Best Woman Entrepreneur, Serial Entrepreneur , Best International  Entrepreneur, and Most Promising  Entrepreneur.

Other awards were Manufacturing Industry Award, Banking and Finance, Health Services, Herbal Services, Pharmaceutical Industry, Media Communications and Entertainment, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Electronic Media, Print Media and Publishing, Food and Beverages and Transport and Logistics.

The rest of the awards were Hospitality Industry, Travel and Tourism, Real Estate Development, Commercial and Property Development, Entrepreneur Professional, Building and Civil Engineering, Office Suppliers and Stationery, Trading and Retailing, Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and Education.
The CEO of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, in his remarks, encouraged the youth to take up entrepreneurship to develop themselves and create jobs for others.

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