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ACHIMOTA SPEAKS 2: Vision 2030 … the role of Industry, Business & Entrepreneurship

Achimota 90th - Achimota Speaks 2

ACHIMOTA SPEAKS 2 (AS2) is part of a monthly series of symposia dubbed ACHIMOTA SPEAKS. Topics are drawn from the Achimota 90th Anniversary Theme – “Black, White and Heart … That All May Be One” 


AS2 explored: Vision 2030 …the role of Industry, Business & Entrepreneurship.

Achimota 90th - Achimota Speaks 2

Format:  A Keynote address followed by a panel discussion featuring well-versed Akoras.



SNAP RECAP

Achimota 90th is in full swing with rapid succession of one engaging event after the other. It is safe to say that Achimota Speaks 1 (AS1) set a high bar of expectation with a scintillating cast and an astute audience. AS1 quickly pushed aside the cloud of uncertainty in what to make of "these Motown people", seeking to spark a year round national dialogue on “Black, White and Heart … That All May Be One”.

Achimota Speaks 2 (AS2) was equal to the task of assembling a high profile cast to lead the conversation on "Vision 2030 … the role of Industry, Business & Entrepreneurship." For this complex and broad conversation, we were eager to witness how the needs of the variety of stakeholders would be met. The backgrounds of the AS2 speaker and panelists certainly engendered confidence and mastery of the topic to be discussed.

When AS2 was over, one thing was clear to us. In the remaining short 13 years leading up to 2030, there is a lot to be done to influence realization of desired outcomes for the average Ghanaian business owner. In our interactions with local small business owners, they regularly lament inundation with regulatory bureaucracies, which mostly serve as an opportunity cost and a deterrent against unbridled creativity and efficient execution of their visions. Ultimately an under-performance of potential contribution to the national revenue pot.

A vast majority of local small business owners simply want a chance to grow beyond the start up phase, no different from how a young offspring is given every opportunity to succeed without expectations of adulthood obligations.

Above all else, we leave you to form your own conclusions from Achimota Speaks 2.


KEYNOTE - AKORA (1983) MARTYN MENSAH

Achimota Speaks 2 - Keynote
Akora Chairman, fellow Akoras, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen...
Let me state from the outset that I am not sure which of the ideas I will be presenting are my own. They are the product of numerous conversations with friends and foes, the wise and the foolish, the old and the young – they are the distillate from numerous books, blogs, WhatsApp messages, newspapers, the web, radio, television, emails and journals. Apparently, in today’s world, the average individual is exposed to 34 gigabytes of data each day from all these sources and so I hope that you would forgive me if I am no longer too certain which ideas are mine or which I have borrowed.

I must say that it is a privilege to share the stage with people whom I stand in awe of and I wish to thank the organizers for placing me in such sterling company. I am reassured by the lineup of panelists because indeed we have a very weighty matter to consider. What role will Industry, Business and Entrepreneurship play in shaping the Ghana of 2030. A very perplexing issue when you consider the fate of just one subsector of our economy selected for your consideration because it is a fortunate amalgam of the characteristics of industry, business, commerce and entrepreneurship and I refer here to the textile industry. At its zenith, the textile sub‐sector dominated the manufacturing sector in Ghana. In 1970, the 16 textile manufacturers employed 25,000 people. Today there are only 4 players left, operating at different levels of activity and they currently employ a mere 2,900 Ghanaians; a 90% decline in its contribution to employment over a period of 50 years.
— Akora (1983) Martyn Mensah - Chief Executive Officer, UT Holdings
Achimota Speaks - Keynote - Martyn Mensah
Akora Martyn Mensah - Management Professional & Liverpool FC supporter
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PANEL DIALOGUE


Q&A, EMOTIONS & REACTIONS

 - a picture and a thousand words -


FROM GAMBAGA TO ACCRA, FROM WIASO TO KETA

...friends, family & new relationships :-)


ACHIMOTA SCHOOL SONG


From Gambaga to Accra
From Wiawso to Keta
We are brothers and our mother is our School
She will guide us all and each
So to learn that we may teach,
So to subjugate ourselves that we may rule.
Chorus:
Play the game ‘shout her name’
Spread her fame afar;
She’s the head of all the host,
She’s the School of whom we boast,
She’s the glory of the Coast
-
Achimota!
When our books are laid aside
And we scatter far and wide,
We remember with affection all we gained,
How we learned to take our share
In the life and labour there,
Where the men whom we are proudest of were trained
Chorus:
Play the game ‘shout her name’
Spread her fame afar;
She’s the head of all the host,
She’s the School of whom we boast,
She’s the glory of the Coast
-
Achimota!


FINAL THOUGHTS

The private sector is the bedrock on which sustainable development of the nation must be built. A burgeoning Private Sector creates jobs, contributes to government revenue, reduces the social burden on government and enhances the diplomatic stature of the country on the global stage. All that government must do is provide the regulatory, legislative, policy and infrastructure environment to get the Ghanaian entrepreneur to step up to the plate. And then, government must strategically pick potential champions and transform them into, not only local but continental and global winners. Ghana must offer to the continent and to the world a new development paradigm – a new model of economic independence. Then, taking creative liberty with the words of Pliny the Elder, we can say “Ex Ghana, Semper Aliquid Novi”‐ “Out of Ghana, Always something New”
— Akora (1983) Martyn Mensah - Chief Executive Officer, UT Holdings


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