GEA HOLDS ITS 56TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND BUSINESS LUNCHEON (CONT’D)
In this edition, we continue with the presentations by political parties of their vision, policies and programmes which they shared with members at the 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM).
INTERACTION WITH POLITICAL PARTIES AT 56TH AGM
Presentation by NDC
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flag bearer was represented by Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations who mentioned that many of the taxes businesses are paying now have an end date. He mentioned the National Stabilization levy and the Energy Sector levy as examples.
The Minister of Employment and Labour Relations acknowledged the contribution of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) to the creation of jobs and pledged the support of the NDC for the growth of SMEs. He further indicated that businesses will be given credit facilities at enterprise friendly interest rates.
He said the NDC government is putting together a Private-Public Partnership policy.
Mr. Iddrisu said energy is critical for economic development and send the NDC government is increasing Ghana’s energy capacity. He further added that the NDC government will reduce the time and transaction costs in Ghana’s ports.
Presentation by PPP
The flag bearer of the Progressive Peoples’ Party (PPP), Dr. Papa Kwesi Ndoum said that a government headed by him will ensure inclusiveness in governance, make parliament an independent arm of government, ensure public sector reforms, tackle preventable diseases such as malaria, ensure compulsory basic education up to the secondary level and ensure that the state uses its purchasing power to support companies that produce made in Ghana items. He said his government will establish regulation for state funded organisations not to import materials that are produced in Ghana but use the purchasing power of the state to help businesses. Dr. Nduom pledged the support of the PPP to the creation of a Women’s Enterprise Development Agency to assist women entrepreneurs with technical assistance in the areas of accounting, planning, marketing, etc.
He mentioned that technology will be an important item for a PPP government, therefore a Presidential Technology team has been set up to think through what will be implemented should the PPP win.
Touching on energy, the PPP flag bearer said Ghana’s energy woes was as a result of the lack of capital and not generating capacity. He therefore pledged that a PPP administration will ensure that capital is provided for the energy sector in order to banish the energy crisis.
Dr. Ndoum concluded by adding that progress cannot be achieved without a united Ghana and urged Ghanaians to be united.
Terrence Darko Re-elected President of GEA
The Ghana Employers’ Association has re-elected Mr. Terrence Darko to serve another term as president of the association.
At its Annual General Meeting, the Association also elected Mr. Dan Acheampong, the MD of Valco as the 1st Vice President whilst Mrs. Freda Duplan was elected for the position of 2nd Vice President. Mrs Victoria Hajar was elected to continue with her duties as Treasurer.
In accordance with Section 7 (a) of the GEA Constitution, the newly elected Council members held their first meeting to elect the President, 1st Vice-President, 2nd Vice-President and Treasurer. The meeting was presided over by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Alex Frimpong.
In his acceptance speech, the President-elect on behalf of the elected Executives thanked the Council for the honour and the confidence reposed in them and pledged to do their best for the Association.
GEA Participates in Project on Strengthening the Impact of Sector and Trade Policies on Employment in Ghana
GEA participated in the Project launch and Inception workshop on “Strengthening the Impact of Sector and Trade Policies on Employment in Ghana”
The launch took place at Peduase Valley Resort at Aburi on 13th and 14th October 2016.
Ghana is one of 10 countries where the project “Strengthening the Impact on Employment of Sector and Trade Policies” aims to strengthen the capabilities of country partners to analyse and design sectoral and trade policies and programs that would enhance employment creation in terms of quantity and quality. The project is being conducted by the International Labour Office (ILO) with financial support from the European Union (EU) and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Employment and
Labour Relations, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), the Ghana Employers’ Association, the Trades Union Congress and other national project stakeholders.
The four specific objectives of the project in Ghana are as follows: