Chamber of Commerce to boost Unilever and B5 Plus operations

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By Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA

Tema, April 24,
GNA – Nana Appiagyei Dankawoso I, the President of the Ghana National Chamber
of Commerce and Industries (GNCCI), has pledged the Chamber’s preparedness to
help Unilever Ghana Limited and steel manufacturing company; B5 Plus Limited,
to address their operational challenges.

This would help
them work effectively to generate revenue for socio-economic development.

Nana Dankawoso
said this during a business tour embarked upon by the GNCCI to the two
companies in Tema, on Wednesday, to inspect their operations and identify
challenges that needed attention.

The tour
provided an avenue for the GNCCI to promote the brands and best practices of
the companies in the globally competitive business spaces as they were sources
of revenue generation for the state.

Nana Dankawoso
said the Chamber had a legislative mandate to promote and protect commercial
and industrial interests and had, over the years, provided myriads of
opportunities for business linkages and networks, partnerships and capacity
building.

Unilever, he
said, used the opportunity to share the secret of its sustenance and success
for over 100 years doing business in Ghana.     

Nana Dankawoso
said B5Plus also shared how it had continued to progress for over 16 years,
thereby, creating thousands of jobs for Ghanaians and other Africans.

“Governments
would come and go but the private sector would continue to serve as agents for
growth so let’s try to patronise their products,” he said.

Nana Dankawoso
urged the companies to use the Chamber’s activities, including its upcoming
Business Awards, to market their products.

He gave the
assurance that the Chamber would continue to engage governments and
stakeholders through evidence-based advocacy for continuous improvements in the
business environment.

Mr Mukesh
Thakwani, the Chief Executive Officer of B5 Plus Limited, expressed gratitude
to the GNCCI for its support towards the progress of the company.

He said the
company had noticed that a higher percentage of steel used in the country was
imported, therefore, it had commenced establishing a bigger steel manufacturing
company at Ningo-Prampram to produce more of the steel for local use.

The project,
when complete, would save the country about 100 million dollars in foreign
exchange, an amount the Government could use to undertake other developmental
projects.

Mr Thakwani
explained that 80 million dollars was invested in the first phase of the
project, which would provide additional 10,000 direct and indirect jobs for the
citizenry.

Mr Nazaire
Djako, the Acting Managing Director of Unilever Ghana Limited, said the company
was confident of the quality of its products and, as a result, not bothered by
the competitive business space in the country.

He said it used
more raw materials from the palm tree for its products and encouraged other
companies to use locally sourced raw materials for their production to create
employment and generate revenue for the country.

He advised
companies to improve on their productivity and effectiveness to reduce the rate
of imports and increase exports to grow the economy.

GNA



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