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CEOs Network pushes for law to remove public sector bureaucracies

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
Ernest De-Graft Egyir (left), CEO of CEOs Network Ghana interacting with the Vice President Dr Mahamadu Bawumia

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CEOs Network Ghana, Ernest De-Graft Egyir, is pushing for the formulation and passage of a legislation to enhance the ease of doing business in the country.

He said the passage of an Ease of Doing Business and Anti-Red tape Act was the way to eliminate what he described as rigid conformity to procedures and requirements in government service which only created redundancy and bureaucracy.

Mr Egyir made the call at the just-ended 6th CEOs Summit held in Accra on the theme, “Digital Leadership For The Digital Economy, Leading Digital Business and Government Transformation, A Private- Public Sector CEO Dialogue and Learning.”

The event brought together top CEOs across the globe to unlock Ghana and West Africa’s economic potential by offering concrete, innovative and actionable solutions, championing private-sector-led growth and leading discussions around innovative public policies and best growth-oriented business practices to help the country move forward, build resilient companies and outstanding CEOs.

“Such a legislation will require government agencies to promote transparency in their services to the public by improving efficiency and reducing bureaucratic practices.

“Inefficiencies in government services pose a serious threat to a friendly business environment and deliberate steps must be taken to eliminate same,” he stated.

He added that among the numerous benefits of anti-red tape legislation was also the elimination of corruption.

“Corruption, as we are all aware, continues to be a major hindrance to economic and social development of our dear country despite the presence of a myriad of interventions to stop it,” he said.

Digital identity

Speaking on the topic “Reimagining Digital Identity, as a strategic imperative for Business and Digital Economic Transformation”, the Founder and CEO of Margins ID Group, Moses Kwesi Baiden Jnr, said the use of well-designed Digital Identities, Identity registers and databases had a fundamental and significant impact on the country’s social, economic and political well-being.

“When it comes to digital identity, the Ghana Card has placed us head and shoulders above other countries; the question is, what other investments we are going to make to ensure that our business ecosystems, both private and public, are automated and secure enough to facilitate a safe, ethical and immersive digital experience for its users? How ready are you for that shift? The time is now,” he said.

CEO Excellence Awards 2021

Some CEOs, business leaders and organisations were recognised for their achievements, business success, innovation, leadership and contribution to the economy.

The Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited, Ato Afful, won the Chief Executive of the Year 2021 award Media-Print category.

The CEO of the National Petroleum Authority (NPA), Dr Mustapha Abdul-Hamid, emerged as ‘Outstanding Public Sector Leader’.

Other winners were the CEO of MTN, Selorm Adadevoh, who was rewarded the CEO of the Year in the telecommunication category; CEO of Volta River Authority, Emmanuel Antwi-Darkwa, won CEO of the Year award in the energy and power sector; CEO of GOIL, Kwame Osei Prempeh, received the CEO of the Year in the petroleum downstream sector.

The rest were MD of GCB Bank, John Kofi Adomakoh, who won the CEO of the Year, banking; MD of GHACEM, Stefano Gallini, won the CEO of the Year in the manufacturing cement category; and Saiid Masri, CEO of Compu Ghana, received the CEO of the Year award in the electronics and retail category.