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Balance For Better: 5 Most Inspiring Ghanaian Female Business Leaders.

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As we celebrate women from across the world for their individual and collective contributions and accomplishments, one thing that stands tall is the emergence of women leaders in various sectors such as business, governance, politics, entertainment and media across Africa.
With the global theme for 2019 as Balance for Better, it is prudent we get to celebrate & learn from the lives of African women who have achieved outstanding milestones in their careers and have become a beacon of hope and role models for the next generation.
From humble beginnings in the Banking, Technology, Mining & Taxation sectors, these women have established a sterling career which affords them the opportunity to lead various multinational organisations in discharging exceptional results with a remarkable combined working experience which sums up to about 100 years.
In celebration of these Ghanaian women, I am delighted to write about these 5 game changers and change agents who beyond their official duties also commit their time, energy and personal resources in supporting individuals & communities through various mentoring programmes & foundations.
For young people looking for role models to look up to and help advance their careers, here are 5 Inspiring Ghanaian Female Business Leaders inspiring the next generation of women in Ghana and Africa.

Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh
Country General Manager, IBM Ghana

As the first female Country General Manager of IBM in Africa, Angela has distinguished herself among business leaders who have led Fortune 100 companies across the African continent to an incredible performance in business amidst competition.
As a seasoned marketer with over 18 years’ experience in marketing and sales, she is noted to have pioneered some of the largest deals in both West and East Africa for IBM.
Before joining IBM, Angela started her career in London at GL Trade, later moved to ABN AMRO Futures and Options, UBS Investment Bank before returning to Africa to work with UBA Bank Ghana and GT Bank Ghana.
With multiple renowned international awards to her credit, Angela is noted as one of the top corporate women leaders in Ghana.
As a philanthropist, Angela adopted Siti, a remote community in the Eastern Region in Ghana where she has built a borehole, currently working on a solar-enabled electricity project and has plans to build a nursery school.
As a thought leader and mentor to several university students, Angela serves as a keynote speaker at various events across Ghana and also runs a special weekly coding class for young girls from the Nima community in Accra.
Angela is a graduate of Harvard Business School in Leadership Development, holds an MSc in International Business, BA in Marketing and French and a product of Achimota College and Wesley Girls High School in Ghana.

Abiola Bawuah
Regional CEO, UBA West Africa 1

Adjudged as the 2016 CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, Mrs. Bawuah is the Regional CEO, West Africa 1 for the United Bank of Africa (UBA)
With enormous experience in retail banking and marketing, Mrs Bawuah had previously worked as an Executive Director at Zenith Bank as well as a Business Financial Manager at Standard Chartered Bank, Deputy MD and later MD/CEO of UBA Ghana.
As an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Columbia, University of New York, INSEAD and Institut Villa Pierrefeu in Switzerland, Mrs Bawuah also holds a BSc in Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, an LLB with honors from the University of London, a diploma in Marketing from GIMPA and an EMBA (Finance) from the University of Ghana.
As a regular speaker at mentoring events, Mrs Bawuah is also the founder of the Abiola Bawuah Foundation through which she supports girls under the 100 Girls Support Project. She has also committed a 100,000 Cedis fund towards the publication of books under the foundation.

Adiki Ofeibea Ayitevie
Vice President, Sustainability & External Relations at Newmont Mining Corporation

Adjudged as the PR Personality of the year 2017, Adiki Ofeibea Ayitevie is the Vice President in charge of Sustainability and External Relations at Newmont Africa.
With more than 22 years of combined experience in the public relations and journalism fields, Ms. Ayitevie is an accomplished and well-respected communications professional. Her current role makes her an overseer of Communications and External Relations of Newmont Mining’s Africa operations.
Prior to joining Newmont, she has worked with the Public Agenda, SGSSB Limited, Volta River Authority and as a private consultant to a range of non-government and private organizations in Ghana.
Adiki is also a mentor to a lot of PR professionals and as a thought leader, is a keynote speaker and resource person at diverse programmes across the continent.

Ayesha Bedwei
Partner, PwC Ghana

Ayesha Bedwei is a Partner in PwC Ghana with specialisation in Tax advisory services. Her role in PwC extends to the areas of Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion, Energy and Learning & Education.
With over 18 years’ experience in the finance and accounting field, Ayesha has been involved in a wide array of projects and has built up a network of influential clients and associates during her professional career.
Ayesha is a regular keynote speaker at various tax and regulatory focused forums covering several African territories and is also passionate about topics of leadership and career development. As a passionate change agent, she founded a career advisory blog, careers1825.com which is targeted at people between the ages of 18 and 25 and 5taxminutes.com, which discusses tax matters in an easy-to-understand format.
With multiple awards to her credit, Ayesha is a member of the prestigious African Leadership Network (ALN) and has been on the judging panel for ALN’s Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.

Mansa Nettey
CEO, Standard Chartered Bank Ghana

As the first female CEO of Standard Chartered Bank in Ghana, Mansa Nettey graduated as a pharmacist from KNUST before furthering her studies at the Manchester Business School.
With over 20 years’ experience in the Banking Sector, Mansa sits on the Board of Directors at Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria Limited and the Standard Chartered Bank Ghana Limited.
Mansa started her career at Standard Chartered, as a Relationship Manager and later became head of foreign exchange sales in Ghana and across West Africa and was also the head of the Financial Markets in Ghana
Notable among her philanthropic commitments is the founding of the Leukemia Project Foundation, an initiative she started after battling with leukemia. Through her foundation, she has organised various activities which have created public awareness and has been used as an avenue to raise funds.
Authored by Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media & Founder of Be A Girl initiative.

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Government Will Engage Private Sector To Drive Technological Development – Dr. Bawumia

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The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated that government will engage the private sector to drive the technological needs of the country.

This, he said will create competition to enable the private sector deliver at a reasonable cost.

Dr. Bawumia was speaking at the Third Africa Leadership Conference organized by the International Advertising Association(IAA) in Accra.

According to him, “the Nana Led government believes in creating the perfect atmosphere for the private sector to develop the technology needed to drive economic development”.

Dr. Bawumia explained that government must play a limited role in competing directly with the private sector but must make the environment comfortable for the private sector to innovate.

This year’s conference which was held under the theme ‘Technology Trends versus consumer choice brought together participants from the advertising industry across the world.

Dr. Bawumia used Ghana’s recent achievements in the technology space as a good example that African countries can emulate by reserving the area for the private sector.

Recounting how Ghana has used technology in recent times to solve some challenges at the ports and in the health sector, Dr. Bawumia encouraged African countries to pool their resources to solve common problems since most of them are trans-border.

He maintained that the Nana Addo government is ready to partner other African countries on the continent to drive economic changes through technology.

Source: GhanaWeb.

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Cultivation Of 200-Acre Avocado Plantation Begins In Abuakwa Under 1D1F.

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A 200-acre avocado plantation is under cultivation in Abuakwa in the Eastern Region, the first phase of an agro-processing project under the One-District-One-Factory (1D1F) programme.

Project champions, Akuapem Gold Agro Processing Limited, has targeted to cultivate 2,000 acres of three varieties of avocado within the next year and scale it up to 10,000 acres within the next five years

The construction of the factory, the second phase of the agro project, has started. The factory will have a processing capacity of six to eight tonnes per hour, according to the Chairman of Akuapem Gold, Albert Wilson.

On Monday, May 20, Okyehene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, led top dignitaries in the agric-value chain to inaugurate the avocado cultivation and process project.

Minister for Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto; National Coordinator of the 1D1F, Gifty Ohene-Konadu; CEO of the Middle Belt Development Authority, Joe Danquah among others were among those present.

Speaking at the project inauguration, Mr Wilson said the long-term objectives of the wholly-owned Ghanaian company fits within the targets of the government’s 1D1F programme.

“The project rationale is many folds and the realization of the corporate goals of Akuapen Gold will mean a significant contribution to the social economic development of Ghana.

“Among the several significant benefits that nation will derive from the company are: employment generation both direct and indirect, assured market for similar crop producers within the catchment area and beyond poverty reduction, positive impact of our inter-crops for the food security needs of the country, sustainable foreign exchange reserves from exports, contribution to the training of rural youth in agriculture…the aggregate of all these contribute to real development,” he said.

The project is expected to create least 5,000 direct and indirect jobs when it becomes fully functional.

The siting of the project in Abuakwa in the Eastern Region, Mr Wilson explained is because of the favourable agro-environment for the cultivation of avocado.

The Agric Minister said avocado, which he called “a wonder crop” is fast gaining a reputation as a new commercial crop globally and touted the Abuakwa avocado project as timely.

“Avocado is a crop of the future…the total of world trade in avocado is over $16 billion and it’s growing at a very fast rate at nearly 10% per annum,” the Minister said.

Akuapem Gold’s avocado cultivation and processing project is being funded by Ghana Exim Bank

1D1F progress so far

According to figures presented by the government, some 181 factories have so far been rolled out under the 1D1F programme since its launch in 2017.

Fifty-seven of them are currently operating, while 22 are still under construction. Government says 33 factories that are being financed by seven local banks will commence implementation before the end of 2019.

Another 56 being small-scale processing facilities and financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), will commence before the end of 2019. $200,000 has been earmarked for each of the 56 projects.

The 56 small-scale processing facilities will be owned by youth groups who will be trained to manage the facilities.

Source: GhanaWeb

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Gov’t Considering Tax On Mobile Money – George Andah

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Deputy Minister of Communications George Andah has said that government is strongly considering slapping a tax on the fees and commissions mobile money companies earn from individual transactions.

Mr. Andah speaking at the Ghana Digital Roadmap levent ast week said it should be possible for government to explore revenue opportunities in the mobile money ecosystem suggesting that the mobile money companies should brace up for possible taxation.

While taxing mobile money has been a thorny issue, Mr. Andah’s comments suggest that government is purposely targeting the income the mobile money companies earn from doing individual transactions.

“I think the focus is to understand the value of money that the mobile money operators are making. So, the transactions, cash in-cash out, those monies that the operators are making, government should be able to tax that money.

“As to whether the actual transactions being made by subscribers should be taxed, we have not started that discussion. But as far as the money they are making from subscribers for transactions they are doing and they are not reporting that as taxable income, we should be able to understand and tax them,” the Deputy Minister said.

The Deputy Minister’s suggestion comes on the back of weak domestic revenue performance, pushing government to look at other sources to boost revenue.

The use of mobile money continues to grow every day with last year data mobile money grew by 43.2 percent from the previous year, with transaction value hitting over GH¢233billion.

It has even overtaken cheques as the largest payment system in the country, as the value of cheque transactions last year was GH¢203 billion – a sure sign of the looming threats the OBG report has highlighted.

Source: CitiBusinessNews

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Jasikan Chief Eulogizes President Akuffo-Addo.

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The Paramount Chief of the Jasikan Traditional Area, Nana Abram Akpanja VI, has stated that, the people of Jasikan and Ghanaian's are not ignorant about the numerous achievements of the New Patriotic Party's administration led President Akufo-Addo within a record period of two years in office.



According to Nana Abram Akpanja VI, the management of Ghanaian economy, under your leadership, has led to a big drop in inflation rate to a single digit of 9%, whilst economic growth has doubled from about 3% to 6% in two years of your rule.



He indicated that, the agricultural and services sectors have recorded over 100% growth from what you inherited during the short time of your regime. This, together with other factors, have resulted in a decline in interest rate, thus creating a better climate for business and growth.



The Jasikan Chief made this known on Tuesday, 14th May, 2019, when the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, commenced a two-day working visit to the Oti Region, as part of his 6-day tour of the Oti, North East and Savannah Regions.


The Paramount Chief of the Jasikan Traditional Area, Nana Abram Akpanja VI



Nana Abram Akpanja VI also indicated that, under President Akuffo-Addo's regime, Ghana’s economic performance is on record as one of the best in Africa currently adding that, under your human capital programme, the Free Senior High School policy has opened up immeasurable opportunities for more young Ghanaians.

The Jasikan Chief, Nana Abram Akpanja VI showed gratitude to President Akufo-Addo and his government for being the political midwives that oversaw the safe and successful delivery of the Oti Region.



Nana Abram Akpanja VI stated that, they can never find the appropriate words to convey their joy, appreciation and gratitude to the Commander In Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces for making this half-a-century old dream of the people that geographical location, including their ancestors, come true.

A Citation Presented To President Nana Akuffo-Addo



The Jasikan Chief stated that, With the demand for the Oti region beginning in 1954, before Ghana gained independence,  Buem, Biakoye, Sall, Jasikan, will forever be grateful to Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for demonstrating boldness and commitment to principle, notwithstanding the strong, needless opposition against the Oti project by people who had always wished that they, in this part of Ghana, remained relatively less developed for reasons best known to them.



Nana Abram Akpanja VI was delighted by the commitment expressed by President Akufo-Addo to ensuring an even spread of developmental infrastructure in the region, notwithstanding their disappointment at not having the regional capital of Oti sited in Jasikan.

The Paramount Chief of the Jasikan Traditional Area, Nana Abram Akpanja VI, thus, urged President Akufo-Addo to consider locating the soon-to-be constructed Oti Regional hospital at Worawora, and a University of ICT and Urban Planning at Jasikan, explaining that, this could go a long way to compensate for the leadership role, efforts and expectations our people had invested towards the creation of the Oti Region.

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