Business News of 2013-01-30

GHANECC celebrates 10 years

The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture (GHANECC) have announced arrangements towards the celebration of ten years of existence and successful business advancement between Ghana and the Netherlands.

Consequently, the association has drawn up an exciting program scheduled from 13- 17 February 2013, to commemorate the occasion.

In a statement released in Accra on Wednesday, GHANEC said while certain events will only be attended by prior invitation, most will be open to all interested persons.       

In a move to create awareness of the importance of time keeping, the statement added that the celebrations will be climax by the official launch of Ghana on Time (G.O.T) initiative.   

“... As open-minded and culturally-influenced habitants of this beautiful country, we are all aware of the lack of punctuality that is so common in Ghana.  From the highest officials to the common house help, the notions surrounding the importance of time precision seem to be of little significance.

“GHANECC strongly believe that now is the time to initiate a new trend within corporate and official sectors that promotes punctuality and its importance to development, progress and business efficiency,” the statement added.

Below is the full statement by GHANECC


Official Press Release – 30th January 2013


GHANECC Invites All To Join in “GHANECC 10 Years” Celebrations
And Ghana-Holland Week


The Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture is pleased to announce arrangements towards the celebration of ten years of successful business advancement between Ghana and the Netherlands! In collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Accra, GHANECC has drawn up an exciting program scheduled from 13 – 17 February 2013 to mark a decade of successful operation in Ghana.

While certain events may only be attended only by prior invitation, most are open to anyone interested in attending! Come and experience the benefits of socializing within a business network and familiarize yourself with Ghanaian Dutch business relations!

Wednesday 13th February
Exclusive Evening Cocktail at Dutch Ambassador’s residence
Invitation only

Thursday 14th February
‘GHANECC 10 Years’ Executive Round Table Discussion at Alisa Hotel

Friday 15th February
Heritage International cultural lecture/Launch of Ankobra Gold Route

Saturday 16th February
‘GHANECC 10 Years’ Grand Gala Dinner and Charity Raffle Event 

Sunday 17th February
GHANECC & GFA Mini football tournament & family barbeque!


For more information or to RSVP please call 0302 767 825 or email info@ghanecc.com
The “GHANECC 10 Years” Program is proudly sponsored by The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Vlisco, Shell, Wienco, Auto Plaza, Unilever, KEK Insurance, SIMED, Bam International, MaxMart.

Ghana on Time: GHANECC Launches G.O.T Initiative and prepares to go Nationwide!  
Ghana on Time (G.O.T) is a movement proposed by GHANECC to create awareness of the importance of time keeping! As open-minded and culturally-influenced habitants of this beautiful country, we are all aware of the lack of punctuality that is so common in Ghana.  From the highest officials to the common house help, the notions surrounding the importance of time precision seem to be of little significance. GHANECC strongly believe that NOW IS THE TIME to initiate a new trend within corporate and official sectors that promotes punctuality and its importance to development, progress and business efficiency.

“G.O.T not G.M.T”
Look out for this logo in the near future as it represents punctuality and indicates that the time stated is official! GHANECC have already started distributing G.O.T lapel pins to be worn by all those who support the movement and want to make efforts towards abolishing the tardy behaviour we have all become so used to!

For more information about the “G.O.T” movement or to purchase your own “G.O.T” Pin please contact GHANECC offices at 0302 767 825 or email info@ghanecc.com

Common Ghanaian-Dutch Cultural Heritage

Friday 15th February – ACCRA, National Museum – start 9.00 am 
Saturday 16th February – AXIM, Fort St Anthony Opening ‘Ankobra Gold Route’ exhibition – start 9.00 am

 Within the framework of the Common Cultural Heritage Policy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the project dubbed, ‘Ankobra Gold Route: A common Ghanaian- Dutch Historic and Cultural Heritage in Western Ghana’ is funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and managed by a partnership formed by “Ricerca e Cooperazione”, an Italian NGO, University of Pavia in Italy and the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board. This is a two-year Common Cultural Heritage Conservation and Sustainable Development project focusing on the conservation and enhancement of movable and immovable objects of Ghanaian –Dutch Cultural Heritage for socio-economic and cultural development with the involvement of local communities. 

The project, involves close collaboration between other stakeholders namely, University Departments in Ghana, University of Groningen in the Netherlands, the Public Records and Archives Administration Department of Ghana (PRAAD), the Ghana Tourism Authority, District Assemblies and Local Communities in the Western Region.

Fort St. Anthony in Axim is also hosting an exhibition organised by the GMMB, regarding conservation work and an introduction to the history of Ghanaian-Dutch interaction in the Ankobra valley and the surrounding areas. Saturday 16th February the exhibition will be officially opened by the Western Regional Minister.

Guests are invited to purchase a package which includes a cultural lecture at the National Museum, transportation to Axim, an exclusive occasional dinner inside Fort St. Anthony and an overnight stay in one of Axim’s luxurious beach hotels. Definitely a great Valentines Weekend get away!
For more information please contact GHANECC offices at 0302 767 825 or email info@ghanecc.com 

KLM Donates TWO Business Class Tickets to the Netherlands for “GHANECC 10 Years” Charity Raffle Event!

As one of the most proactive and successful Business Chambers in Ghana, GHANECC (the Ghana Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Culture) is proud to announce its upcoming 10th anniversary to be celebrated from 13-17 February 2013! 

A number of corporate and hospitality organizations have donated prizes to support a raffle which will be held at the ‘GHANECC 10 Years’ Grand Gala Dinner hosted at Mövenpick Ambassador's Hotel on Saturday 16th February.

Generous prizes from Mamma Mia Pizzeria, Alisa Hotel and Antrak Air can be won at the raffle but the grand prize and highlight of the evening comes from GHANECC’s member KLM with their huge contribution of two business class tickets directly to the Netherlands! In addition to a series of fun and business-orientated events scheduled during the week, GHANECC would also like to give something back to charity.

The funds raised from the tickets sold are intended to go to the “Nii Jay Foundation”. This foundation is a charity that encourages under-privileged children from the streets of Accra to take part in music lessons and learn creative arts in order to build confidence, creative thinking and sociability. Hopefully, with the motivation of winning such great prizes, guests will be inclined to participate in the raffle event and GHANECC will raise a significant sum of money to donate to the “Nii Jay Foundation” which supports, feeds, clothes and provides shelter for dozens of homeless children.

To purchase a ticket to attend this exclusive event, contact GHANECC offices at 0302 767 825 or email info@ghanecc.com
Ex- Footballers Aron Winters and George Boateng Launch Football for WASH program in Ghana!

Football for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) is a public-private partnership made up of the following organizations: Royal Netherlands Football Association, UNICEF Netherlands, Simavi, Vitens Evides International, Aqua for All, Akvo and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The main goal of the program is to improve drinking water and sanitation facilities at 1100 schools in Kenya, Ghana and Mozambique. Furthermore, over 700.000 school children will be taught life skills related to hand washing, clean drinking water and improved sanitation.

By constructing drinking water points and sanitation facilities for boys and girls, along with providing life skills training and education to WorldCoaches, we want to offer children a healthy environment to live in and make them aware of hygienic behavior. The coaches act as role models for the children, and combine football and life skills training.

WorldCoaches program will take place throughout the week

Saturday 16th February – Football for WASH Video Presentation during the Gala Dinner
Sunday 17th February – Mini Football Tournament for Children and Adults.
Lizzy Sports Complex – 12.00

The Maternal Health Channel Television Series

Funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, a long standing supporter of the Ghana health sector, its partners include Ghana Health Service, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Ghana Coalition of NGO’s in Health, Marie Stopes International, Discove Ventures, United Nations Population Fund, DKT International, Grameen Foundation, Pemorudas and R3M Ghana.

The weekly series will be broadcast on GTV, Ghana’s leading broadcaster and TV3, starting 20 February 2013. It is estimated that between 8 to 10 million people will watch each programme with news and reports from around the country by a roving crew and studio discussions that would seek positive outcomes to maternal health challenges.

The radio programs in Ghanaian languages will spearhead a community outreach programme that will link the national dialogue to local issues and concerns.

Launch: 13 February 2013
His Excellency John Mahama, President of Ghana has been invited to launch the Maternal Health Channel Television and Radio Series on 13 February 2013 at the National Theatre, Accra.