30 Companies, individuals honoured at 10th Made-in-Ghana Awards
Twenty-eight companies and two individuals who demonstrated outstanding performances in the Ghanaian-owned product and service industries have been honoured at the 10th Made in Ghana Awards (MIGA).
An initiative of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana, the 2023 MIGA held on the theme “Celebrating 10 years of promoting Ghanaian Business Pride” celebrated the companies and individuals for demonstrating overall product and service quality, competitiveness and innovation, offering a point of difference from competitors.
Speaking at the awards ceremony in Accra, the Founder of Entrepreneurs Foundation Ghana, Sam Ato Gaisie, said the 10th-anniversary celebration of MIGA is a campaign to seek the pride of indigenous and most celebrated iconic manufacturing industries to create awareness and promote, advertise and market quality manufactured products and industries which have exhibited excellence in manufacturing practices and standards in Ghana.
“It is about seeking the pride of Ghanaian iconic 30 most-celebrated high quality and competitive products and services to create awareness, provide a boost to the business profile and reputation, increase the products’ credibility in international markets and build loyalty to save the local manufacturing industries from collapse,” he said.
He said the key objective of the awards is a campaign to provide a platform for Ghanaian consumers to patronise Ghanaian-owned products and service industries and also encourage Ghanaian service industries to make significant improvements in service quality, delivery and innovation to meet challenges of international standards.
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV, who is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Sasa Finance Group, was the ultimate winner of the night, winning the Outstanding Personality of the Decade.
The Executive Chairman of the African Business Center for Developing Education, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, won the Outstanding Public Officer of the Decade.
The Iconic Ghanaian Oil Marketing Company of the Decade was Goil PLC; Iconic Agri-Financial Institution of the Decade was ADB PLC while GCB Bank PLC won the Iconic Banking Institution of the Decade.
Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) won the Iconic Ghanaian Owned Company of the Decade; Enterprise Group PLC won the Iconic Insurance Group of the Decade while Blow Group of Companies received the Iconic Beverage Manufacturing Company of the Decade Award.
Other winners include Dzata Cement Limited, Polytank Ghana Limited, M & G Pharmaceuticals, B5 Plus, Bel Aqua Natural Mineral Water and Consolidated Shipping Agencies Limited (CONSHIP), among others.
Supporting local manufacturers
In a speech read on her behalf, the CEO of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Delese Mimi Darko, said “as part of efforts by the FDA to provide effective regulatory support for local manufacturers, the Authority introduced the Progressive Licensing Scheme (PLS) in 2019 to support micro and small-scale industries to progressively comply with Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure quality and safe products on the market.
The PLS, coupled with the FDA’s risk-based product registration process, has ensured that locally manufactured food, cosmetics and household chemical substances reached the market faster without compromising their quality, safety or wholesomeness.”
She reaffirmed the authority’s commitment to supporting Ghana’s local industry and to promoting Made-in-Ghana products.
“We are determined to continuously pursue this agenda with relevant agencies including the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA),” she added.