June 2017


GHANA TO PASS NATIONAL FOOD DONORS ENCOURAGEMENT BILL

Chairman for Parliamentary select committee on Food, agriculture and Member of Parliament for Berekum West, Hon.Kwaku Agyenim-Boateng has lauded the National Food Donors Encouragement Bill, championed by Food for All Africa  program, and has pledged to support the development of the initiative. He inaugurated a steering committee  made up of  stakeholders from Food for All Africa,Food and Drugs Authority,Attorney Generals Department,Food and Beverage Association,Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Parliamentary select committee on Food and agriculture to work on drafting the bill.

The National Food Donors Encouragement Bill is an initiative that seeks to institutionalize food donation in Ghana,create compliance standards and increase attention on the role of  recovery and redistribution of food as a tool towards addressing the problem of hunger and inefficiencies within our food supply chain; particularly among street children,mentally challenged people and vulnerable communities in  Ghana.

Speaking at the launch of the program in Accra on Thursday 15th June 2017, the minister expressed gratitude and lauded the organization for championing such a “brilliant initiative”.

He added, “You don’t see this often and so I think we must encourage and support them. When you see young people trying to do things for Ghana you must be happy and encouraged, that is why I am going to support them all the way.”

He called on the youth to come up with life changing initiatives that would enhance the development of this country, saying, “we would like to see more of these initiatives from the youth in this country”.

Hon. Agyenim Boateng also pledged to ensure that this bill saw the light of day and stated that he was “personally going to help in two fronts, as chairman of food and agriculture committee, we’re going to be sponsors of this(program). The bill will come to a committee in parliament before it gets to the preliminary stage for open discussions, so we’re going to work with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA). I would also invite (committee members) of the ‘planting for food and jobs’ program, which is a vision of the president and a flagship program of the ministry to discuss how we can liaise with them and benefit from that program too, the essence of this program (food for all) is to donate food to the needy and food will come from excess in agricultural output so there’s clearly a connection, we have to work together”.

Executive Director of Food for All Africa programme, Mr. Elijah Amoo Addo indicated his organizations willingness to create efficiency and sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana through community based initiative and reiterated their willingness to work with stakeholder’s in achieving it. He called on businesses and stakeholders within Ghana’s food supply chain to support food donation in the country.

Pleased to make your acquaintance Mr President Sir. …(Thoughts on Town Hall meeting with the President)

As the rooms lighting were a fusion of red, gold, green and black it was almost as though that was the skin colours of those slowly assembling into the room. Well besides the lady who wore the colours of the nation’s flag as a dress.

The man shouting at the back of the hall with heckles for attention, along with those shouting “galamsey” represented a harmless shade of red. Whilst the chiefs, nana-noms, uncles and aunties in their finest kente were another shade of gold for the night. On the left at the top as a group of polished young gentlemen in their suits walked in it was a reminder of the shade of green pastures their parents had afforded them. So affordable much like our entry prices. Similar to the High Commissioners introduction the black star of the evening indeed he needed no introduction as he walked into the room nor as he mounted the podium to speak. However, the most remarkable of all was his cool brown jacket of which all who were surprised quickly found out about his doubts of the British weather.

Our president was in the building. A minute and a half of hailing “Nana Nana oseiyeiii…yeii aye” roared through the room as it dawned on us all that we were all part of something bigger than ourselves. Something beyond ourselves. It was a momentous feeling. One perspective couldn’t quite explain it for all. For the older generation they saw one of Ghana’s finest lawyers who was now president. Indeed ‘freedom and justice’ was being developed in their motherland. But for the second generation British-Ghanaians, we got to see the president. We got to hear him assure us that Ghana had potential beyond aid. That free education was being implemented into Ghana from this September. Active measures were being taken to stamp out corruption. Again, dealings at ports would now become paperless and electronic.

To give a proper translation of what this meant to second generation British-Ghanaians is to bring you into our world also. This assurance from the president meant that cousins we often saw fetching water and with poor English could now also and possibly hold meaningful conversations with us whenever we went back home for holidays. Most importantly Ghana would become relevant on the stage of the world, contradicting the concept of dependency of African states.

Essentially, Ghana had become ‘politically-cool’. The frequent mentions of our efforts and our necessary welcomed inputs made us feel part of Ghanaian politics. Politics that went beyond listening to criticisms we heard on the dining table or on the radio at home. Politics was about us. Ghanaian politics had instantaneously topped the charts with its hit single ‘The Diaspora’. This soared past the echelons of Sarkodie or Shatta Wale whose afrobeats records gave us a sense of pride in the UK before. We had switched management and this time our record would be high-class.

It made our younger selves repentant of ever wishing to have been from Caribbean nations rather than claiming the Ghanaian side of our descent with pride. Likewise, it campaigned and won with landslide votes to our future selves to expand our minds to the grandiosity of meaningful investments ‘back home’.

It erupted a stirring, a passion, a feeling to our present selves. That we now had no excuse. That we were more than, possibly, young black kids from underprivileged areas. Quite frankly, any connotations attached to us as such was meaningless whenever you looked back at the flag in that room.

By the end of the president’s speech the shades of the Ghanaian flag had illuminated itself again, this time amalgamating the past, present and the future of the nation. We were from a land where active measures to stamp out corruption was the shade of red. The conviction we all believed that Ghana was a country that would sustain itself financially beyond aid gave a different shine to our gold. The gold was so bright it also reminded us all about the fact that we had now become a beacon of exemplary democracy in Africa. Again, it shone to reflect our past victory of being the first Sub-Saharan African state to gain its independence from colonial rule.

This time the green was almost unrecognisable — quite easy to spot but almost unrecognisable. It was found in the graceful smile of the Honourable Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs. As she sat confidently in her seat next to the president and as the only female on the panel she sat there with a great sense of belonging and poise. This green was a different shade of green. Nevertheless, what remained the same was our black star. Similar to his tone which was above monotone with a polished British twang and his charisma in assuring those in Central Hall that he was the man who had waited and the wait had taught him the wisdom with which he spoke and explained his delegation of a financial expert as his minister of health.

Even in his silence our black star glistened through the eloquence of his Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Offori Atta who mentioned initiatives such as the diaspora bond. Indeed, it was a great evening. Even though not all questions were asked, nor answers responded to it has spurred on a dialogue which should gain momentum over the next years.

Celine Henry (@celinea_henry)

“What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate” by Crystal Debrah.. The Book Launch 16/06/2017

FOG Alumni Crystal Debrah invites you to the launch of her recently published a book called, “What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate”, which was written to help people navigate what can be a confusing and worrying transition. It will be highly beneficial for your members.

From the award winning author of, “What They Don’t Tell You about University”, comes the sequel, “What They Don’t Tell You When You Graduate.”

Life after education can be a difficult season to navigate; not knowing how to get the job you want, how to start the business of your dreams or how to deal with all the challenges that come with it. I’ve been through the process and come out on top! I and a number of well-respected specialist advisors have worked together over the past few years to produce the ultimate guide to success for those entering the world of work.

This book is a MUST have. This book is unique in its approach as it accompanies you on your journey from education to the world of work.

This book is bursting with tips for success: – how to identify what you can offer the world of work as an employee or a business owner – how to excel at interviews and secure the job – how to succeed despite having a poor grade – what skills are essential in the workplace? – what is really expected of you in the world of work? – interviews with industry leaders (such as Channel 4’s Jon Snow and YouTube’s Liz Liz Live) – and so much more By the end of this book, you can take on the world. Book on Amazon: What they don’t tell you when you graduate http://ow.ly/FvhU309ThEt

 

ABOUT CRYSTAL DEBRAH

Crystal wrote this book when she was a Trainee Solicitor Advocate and an accredited member of the Law Society’s Mental Health Panel in 2016. Crystal is also an award-winning social entrepreneur and the founder of the organisation “What They Don’t Tell You about University”.

Crystal has authored a university self-help guide aimed at assisting undergraduates to develop their confidence within a new environment, develop soft skills for the workplace, and to maximise their time at university. She has also conducted conferences in collaboration with the Mayor of London’s Peer Outreach Team and the Student Loans Company.

These conferences are for first-time university students with an emphasis on the importance of life skills for the future. Furthermore, Crystal has provided advice to the masses via mainstream media such as The Telegraph and BBC Radio. Keep in touch: • Blog: www.theydonttellblog.wordpress.com • social media: @theydonttell • email: theydonttell@outlook.com

SFAN PRESENTS FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING 5

What: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting 5th Edition.

When: Saturday, July 29, 2017; 08:00AM to 11:30AM GMT.

Where: Mercedes Café, Silver Star Tower, Accra.

Rate: Early bird: GHc 50.

Background: The world has moved from analogue to digital. People are increasingly consuming more and more digital content. Companies that haven’t factored this into their marketing plan are already behind.

Mobile gadgets have evolved from being mere alternatives for laptop and personal computers, into something that is influencing purchasing decisions of consumer according to eMarketer.

Digital marketing therefore provides a phenomenal level playing field and cost-effective way of doing business for small scale and startup business owners.

Every day there are over 500 million Tweets, 4.5 billion Likes on Facebook, and 95 million photos and videos uploaded to Instagram. Smart marketers and business owners are catching in on this fervour to engage their clients and attract prospects. In the State of Social Selling report in 2015, nearly 75% of companies that engaged in selling on social media reported an increase in sales in 12 months.

Companies using digital marketing strategies have 2.8 times better revenue growth expectancy to those who do not, Google has confirmed.

On this premise, SFAN organises this edition of Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting to bring together 100+ upwardly mobile millennial entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs for morning of networking, insights, and thought provoking conversations regarding cutting edge digital marketing strategies for explosive business growth.

 

The meeting will balance practical, hands-on content with inspiring thought leadership around the following topics:

User Acquisition:

  • Lean Branding
  • Early-stage growth Marketing
  • Affiliate marketing & partnerships
  • Viral referral marketing
  • Content marketing
  • Product marketing & UX/UI

 

Conversion Optimization:

  • Search engine optimization
  • Web analytics & A/B Testing
  • Email marketing
  • CRO & growth marketing tools
  • Mobile marketing & retargeting
  • Social Advertising & paid search marketing

 

Retention:

  • Sustainable growth strategies
  • Predictive analytics & attribution
  • Demonetization best practices
  • Growth marketing team building
  • Marketing & Sales automation
  • Account-based marketing

 

Register for an early bird ticket here. We look forward to having breakfast with you in this super cool networking environment!

Please check back for speakers.

For more information, sponsorship or clarifications, contact SFAN via call; +233 545 93 5695 or email; info@sfanonline.org.

 

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