The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), Mrs Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, has been adjudged the Best Female CEO of the Year at the 2021 Made in Ghana Awards (MiGA).
According to the organizers of the awards, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Ghana, Mrs Yankey-Ayeh, has and continues to play an important role in empowering the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
The outstanding oversight of the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Support Scheme (CAP BuSS) was key in stabilising the economy during the peak of the COVID-19 Pandemic, a move that has been globally acknowledged as a blueprint for economies with a large informal sector.
It was no surprise when the GEA was mentioned as a key institution in the implementation of the ongoing Obaatanpa CARES programme meant to provide relief to local businesses.
Through her effort the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI) was elevated into a bigger entity called GEA meant to coordinate, monitor and implement the activities of MSMEs.
The GEA replaced the NBSSI, which has been in operation for more than 30 years, providing financial and non-financial support to small-scale enterprises.
Nerve of economy
Mrs Yankey-Ayeh upon receiving the award said she was motivated to even do more for the informal sector which is undoubtedly the nerve of the economy.
“I am grateful, but this is just the beginning, there is more work to do. Thank you for this motivation and the reminder that the work we do is critical to the survival of the economy.
“We are poised to do even more and ensure that we build multinational companies from our MSMEs. It is possible and we have always been ready for the task,” Mrs Yankey-Ayeh said
The Made in Ghana Awards 2021 recognises the tireless journey, hard work, outstanding achievements and vision of Ghanaian manufacturing industry, business and entrepreneurial success.
It is a celebration of the most outstanding indigenous businesses, tourism, arts and culture, and the exceptional manufacturing industries behind these successful and growing industries. It is the springboard to enhanced business and manufacturing success.