Atmane Boudjemia (left), Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Algeria, presenting the Media Brand of the Year Award - West Africa, to Justice Agbenorsi (right), a Reporter with the Daily Graphic, at the event. Picture: ESTHER ADJORKOR ADJEI
Atmane Boudjemia (left), Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Algeria, presenting the Media Brand of the Year Award - West Africa, to Justice Agbenorsi (right), a Reporter with the Daily Graphic, at the event. Picture: ESTHER ADJORKOR ADJEI
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Graphic MD receives top influential award

The Managing Director (MD) of the Graphic Communications Group Ltd. (GCGL), Ato Afful, has been awarded as one of the Top Influential Public Sector Governance Icons in Africa at the maiden Africa Public Sector Leadership and Innovation Awards in Accra last Friday.

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The GCGL also received the West African Media Brand of the Year Award.

The MD was one of six personalities who were conferred with the award by the organisers, Governance and Business Boardroom, a networking organisation dedicated to connecting corporate governance and business leaders around the world.

The others were the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Kwasi Agyemang Busia; the Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Oscar Amonoo-Neizer; the MD of Ghana Post, Bice Obour Osei Kuffuor; the CEO of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Hajia Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah, and the MD of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited, Dr Edwin Provencal, who also won the Public Sector CEO of the Year Award. 

Event

The event, which was on the theme: “Innovative sustainable public sector leadership: A tribute to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investments, sustainable business models & public-private partnerships", was attended by various dignitaries and thought leaders from public sectors across the continent.

It also served as a platform for the participants to discuss critical issues such as sustainable leadership, green economy, nation-building and organisational success in line with commitments made at COP 28.

A public sector leadership and innovation issue of the boardroom magazine, with the cover featuring the CEO of DVLA, Mr Busia, was also launched.

Other awardees

Other awardees were Patrick Yaw Boamah and Prof. Kwasi Appeaning Addo — Outstanding Leadership in Public Sector Governance.

Excellence in Energy Policy Development and Regulatory Oversight (West Africa) Award went to the Energy Commission, while the Technology & Innovation Award in Public Sector Service Delivery was received by the DVLA.

Public Sector Communication Personality of the Year Award went to the Director of Corporate Affairs and Media Relations at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE), Kobi Hemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe, while the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) was also recognised for driving efficiency through technology adoption.

BOST and MASLOC were awarded for Excellence in Petroleum Infrastructure Development and Excellence in Harnessing Transformational Agenda in Small Business Development respectively. 

Corporate governance

The acting General Manager of Operations of the State Interests and Governance Authority (SIGA), Stephen Asiedu, said his outfit had begun internal sensitisation initiatives to increase its capacity to sensitise state enterprises to the Code of Corporate Governance to ensure excellence.

He added that SIGA was also adopting initiatives to gradually phase out paper usage and embrace sustainable practices.

“By championing digitalisation, we would not only enhance efficiency but also align with global sustainability trends, inspire and ensure all specified entities embrace digital innovations for a greener future,” Mr Asiedu said.

He further called on public institutions to incorporate AI in their operations to enhance service delivery and operational effectiveness. 

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