Accra, Dec. 9, GNA – Newmont Ghana Gold Limited (Ahafo South Mine), has been crowned the best company in the country at the just ended Ghana Club 100 awards held last night in Accra.
The mining firm, who placed second in the 2022 edition, topped 99 other companies, including Scancom Plc Ghana (MTN Ghana), who took the second spot, and Amanex Company Limited, who clinched the third position.
Held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) of Friday, December 8, the event was spiced with strategic networking sessions, as well as music and dance.
The event was organised by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), in collaboration with the MIE Group – organisers of the China Trade Week.
The GIPC flagship event honours top performing entities in the Ghanaian business landscape whose contributions continue to propel the country’s economic growth, and has positive impact on their serving communities.
The top 100 companies that were celebrated were from the agriculture and agribusiness, financial services, ICT, infrastructure, petroleum, mining services, manufacturing, tourism, health, and education sectors of the Ghanaian economy.
The financial sector dominated the night as the sector with most numbers enlisted in the 20th Ghana Club 100 awards, although, none of its two predominant subsectors at the ceremony – microfinance and insurance made it to the top 10.
GoldFields Ghana (Tarkwa Mine) placed fourth, Newmont Golden Ridge Ltd (Akyem Mine) – fifth, Anglogold Ashanti Ltd – sixth, and Dansworld International Services – seventh.
The Abosso Goldfields Ltd, Benso Oil Palm Plantation Ltd, and FBNBank Ghana, placed eighth, ninth and 10th positions, respectively.
This year’s Ghana Club 100 awards would be held on the theme: “Accelerating Economic Growth: Amplifying Ghana’s Global Market Footprint through AfCFTA (African Continental Free Trade Area).”
The theme was crafted to engender significant promotion of investment, trade, and knowledge exchange, leading to the stimulation of economic growth in Ghana.
AfCFTA, which took effect in early 2021, is the world’s largest free trade area by membership, embracing 54 African countries with 1.3 billion population, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of US$2.4 trillion.
Its implementation reflects the collective vision of African leaders to create a unified market, by removing all forms of trade barriers to stimulate economic growth and shared prosperity.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President, stated that: “Ghana thrives when the private sector thrives.”
He said it was, therefore, important to strengthen companies in the private sector to enable them compete effectively in the global market, especially by making them transition into a formalised economy.
The Vice President said government was doing its part with various initiatives, including the digitalisation of systems, advancement in technology and innovation, and improving infrastructural development.
He stated that the country’s digitalisation programme had been anchored on the Ghana Card – a biometric-technology national identity card, which had so far enrolled about 17 million people.
“Today, we’ve linked all bank accounts and SIM cards, to the Ghana Card. Your tax identification number and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) number is your Ghana Card number,” Dr Bawumia said.
He also said that: “Today, we’ve linked the Ghana Card number to the Controller and Accountant General Department’s payroll, and we’re seeing increasing in formalisation of the economy as a result of digitalisation.”
He encouraged Ghana’s private sector to see AfCFTA as a catalyst for economic expansion, as the implementation of the free trade agreement provided an opportunity to explore opportunities for the continent’s economic prosperity.
“The African Continental Free Trade Area, our compass for this journey is not merely an agreement; it is a beacon guiding us to towards a future where Ghana stands tall in the global market place,” Dr Bawumia said.
Mr Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), GIPC noted that investors were aggressively pursuing opportunities in Accra.
That, he said, called for the formation of stronger alliances with Ghanaian companies to create a win-win situation for investors and the country, reiterating that the private sector remained the engine of growth of the Ghanaian economy.
He pledged the Centre’s support to create more avenues enhanced private sector interaction with government for help businesses to thrive, and generate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to support Ghana’s economic growth and stability.
This year’s celebration, preceded with a three-day Ghana Investment Week in October, which brought together, investors, industry leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
The summit served as a platform to unlock infrastructural bottlenecks, including roads, railways, airlines, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and energy to make intra-trade on the continent easier and faster.