Minister of Business Development, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal has appealed to entrepreneurs to create internship opportunities for students and give them essential skills to equip themselves.
This, he said, is the surest and practical way in building an entrepreneurial culture among students before they come out of school.
He also urged entrepreneurs to create more jobs for the youth to harness their potential, especially in sports and entertainment, as they were the future of the nation.
Dr Awal was speaking as the guest of honour at the sixth ‘Made in Ghana Awards’ (MIGA), held in Accra.
The awards, held on the theme ‘Promoting Industrialization, the key to job creation and Economic Development’, is in line with the government’s vision to industrialize and create jobs through the ‘One District, One Factory’ initiative.
Through the awards, 40 most celebrated Ghanaian personalities and outstanding made-in-Ghana products and services were honoured.
Founder of Kasapreko Company Limited, Dr Kwabena Adjei was adjudged the Overall Best Industrious Personality of the Year in 2019.
Other award categories were Best Made in Ghana Retail Outlet of the Year (Melcom Limited), Best Quality Mosquito Coil of the Year (Old Soldier Jumbo coil), Premium Quality Herbal Mixture (Taabea Herbal Mixture), and Best Quality Packaged Beef Roll (Boss Baker Beef Roll).
The categories also included Most Promising Bitters of the Year (Happy Man Bitters), Best Manufacturing Company of the Year (Mohinani Group, producers of Polytank), Best Quality Mineral Water of the Year (Bel Aqua), and Best Quality Soft Drink of the Year (Coca Cola).
Exceptional awards were given to Reverend Father Andrew Campbell, Chairman of Lepers Aid Ghana, as the Humanitarian Personality of the Year; Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu as the Centenary Chief of the Year; and Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah as the Young Personality of the Year.
Dr Awal commended the award winners for their contribution towards social-economic development, and asked the non-award winners to work harder to be acknowledged in future.
Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Robert Ahomka-Lindsay advised entrepreneurs to take advantage of the recognition and penetration of Ghanaian products in the international market with quality products, adding that the opportunity for them to brand their products was very huge.
“As you produce and package your products, have in mind the other 53 African countries and the entire globe,” he said.
He expressed the hope that by next year, many entrepreneurs would have been able to export their products to developed countries.
Dr Michael Agyekum Addo, Chief Executive Officer of Mikaddo Holdings Limited and a board member of MIGA, explained that the awards ceremony was a step taken to inspire business leaders.
He urged entrepreneurs to always think of corporate innovation and address issues of quality and packaging of their products per the standards of the Ghana Standards Authority.
The Netherlands, he said, has established a system which ensured that the citizenry obeyed rules and regulations without the police needing to play that watchful role, and urged Ghana to emulate such innovative systems to drive the attitudes of the citizens.
The award is an initiative of Entrepreneur Foundation of Ghana (EFG) and endorsed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ghana Standards Authority.
Source: The Finder