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CEO Summit pushes for law on anti-red tape

BY: Maclean Kwofi & Elizabeth Konadu-Boakye
Ernest De-Graft Egyir (2nd from left) Chief Executives Network Ghana, speaking at the launch. With him are Dan Owusu (2nd from right) Country Managing Partner of Deloitte Ghana, Charles Poku-Mensah (right), Head of Communications, GIPC and Frank Oye (left), Executive Director of the Margins Group
Ernest De-Graft Egyir (2nd from left) Chief Executives Network Ghana, speaking at the launch. With him are Dan Owusu (2nd from right) Country Managing Partner of Deloitte Ghana, Charles Poku-Mensah (right), Head of Communications, GIPC and Frank Oye (left), Executive Director of the Margins Group

The sixth Ghana CEO Summit will be used as a platform to push for a comprehensive law on the ease of doing business and anti-red tape in the country.

Identified as the two major setbacks affecting players in the private sector, the proposed law, when designed, will help improve efficiency in the delivery of government services to the public by reducing bureaucratic processes to prevent corruption or minismise it to the bearest minimum.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the summit, Ernest De-Graft Egyir, who made this known at the launch of this year’s event yesterday, said the law being pushed should lead to the creation of a specialised agency to address challenges associated with the ease of doing business in the country.

He suggested that the agency should be setup under the presidency to implement and oversee national policy on ease of doing business and anti-red tape as well as implement reforms to improve business competitiveness.

He said the agency’s mandate should also include monitoring compliance of agencies and issue notices to erring and non-compliant government employees and officials.

The summit

The summit, to be held on Monday, May 30, this year will also explore the need for digital leadership for businesses in furtherance of the government’s agenda of creating a digital economy.

On the theme, “Digital leadership for the digital economy: leading digital business & government transformation. A private-public sector CEO dialogue & learning,” the summit seeks to host about 500 CEOs in the country.

It is organised by the Chief Executives Network Ghana (CEO Network Ghana) with support from institutions such as the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Margins Group and Deloitte Ghana.

Mr Egyir noted that the subject of digital leadership for a digital economy was an important one and the summit will provide a platform for deliberation on the subject, with an aim of equipping business leaders with the skill set and mindset needed to become digital leaders.

Keen on digitalisation

The Head of Communications at the GIPC, Charles Poku-Mensah, who represented the CEO of the GIPC, observed that the centre was keen about the theme of the event this year because it sought to foster economic development by leveraging digital technology.

He said Ghana had in recent years been keen on its digital transformation with initiatives such as digitisation of port systems, the introduction of interoperability, digital address systems and most important the national identification system.

Pace of change

The Country Managing Partner of Deloitte Ghana, Dan Owusu, for his part, said there was the need for businesses to go digital because it was the new normal and the future that would give them competitive advantage and present a lot of opportunities.