The University of Ghana, Legon has appointed the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong unto the Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC) Corporate Advisory team.
The team was inaugurated by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the opening of the 73rd Annual New Year School Conference organized by the University of Ghana on Tuesday.
The Corporate Advisory Team is tasked with the responsibility to advice on how reports of the conference will help advance Ghana's strategic growth.
The team is chaired by Mr Samuel Okudzeto, a Member of the Council of State and includes Mr Ken Ofori Atta, Minister of Finance, Dr. Ernest Addison, Prof. Olivia Kwapong, Mr. Andrews Dotse and Mrs Regina Afari Boateng.
Covid-19 challenged Ghana's private sector to be innovative
Speaking at the conference which is on the theme "Covid-19 and Socio economic Dynamics in Ghana", the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies, Mr Joseph Siaw Agyepong indicated that Covid-19 as a global pandemic brought innovation into Ghana's private sector as Companies had to innovate to cope with the challenges that came with the pandemic.
Mr Agyepong pointed out that the innovations such as local production of hand sanitizers, nose masks, hand washing machines, disinfection chemicals among others were some Initiatives local companies and SMEs had to venture into to create new job opportunities.
"We at the Jospong group of Companies and Zoomlion Ghana Limited had to innovate in the areas of assembling technologies and equipments to undertake nationwide disinfection exercises. We had to learn from what the Chinese were doing and locally replicated that by designing and assembling vehicles that can undertake massive disinfection activities".
Mr Agyepong lauded the visionary leadership of the President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo during the intensed period of Covid-19 and his support to help local companies innovate to fight Covid-19.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a statement as the guest speaker indicated that
Ghana recorded one of the lowest Covid-19 deaths rate in the world and this was due to the prudent management of the Covid-19.
He said Ghana was named alongside Korea as one of the best countries to have properly managed the Covid-19.
The President noted that there were no lay off in the public sector as salaries of the public sector workers were not reduced
He added that Ghana remained self-food sufficient country despite the global food supply chain impact due to planting for food and Jobs initiative.
The Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse indicated that since the inception of the annual New Year school and conference in 1948 it has provided a unique platform for national discourse on development issues.
"National and local government agencies, academia and other stakeholders have used this platform to deliberate Ghana's strategic growth".
She said the new inaugurated ANYSC Corporate Advisory team will help stimulate economic growth of the country