Ghanaian Entrepreneurs Hold Discussions with Ambassador and Staff
A Ghanaian Entrepreneur Presents the Ambassador with a
Gift Sample of Products
(From Left) Nana Frimpongmaa Williams, Sector Advisor (DFID), Ambassador, Dr. Adjei-Barwuah & Mrs. Stella Addo, Head of Trade & Investment Dept.
A Ghanaian Entrepreneur Presents the Ambassador with a
Gift Sample of Products
January 19, 2019
For a Ghanaian entrepreneur to maintain a strong market presence in the United States, he or she requires a clear understanding of U.S. trade standards, excellent product branding, effective networking and tenacity to break through in a competitive market according to Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States.
H.E. Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah made these remarks during a meeting with a group of entrepreneurs from Ghana who visited the Ambassador and staff on January 18, 2019, at the chancery. The group accompanied by Executives from TechnoServe, was in Washington DC to attend a multiyear project themed Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE), organized by the company and financed by the U.K. government through the Department for International Development (DFID). DFID seeks to provide Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) with the relevant skills and resources to improve their business plans and internal operations and create a thriving community of entrepreneurs by increasing access to business development services and financing.
The entrepreneurs from Ghana included small business owners dealing in various products and services including shea butter, chocolate, black soap, bamboo products, and tourism. Mrs. Stella Ansah, the head of the Trade and Investment Department and chairperson of the event noted that there are several challenges Ghanaian entrepreneurs face when trying to penetrate the American market. She encouraged the entrepreneurs to share some to f these challenges noting that such information would help the trade department to develop an effective system to help guide potential entrepreneurs interested in the U.S. market.
On their part, the group said that understanding America’s product standards is a prevailing challenge that they face when trying to bring their goods to the U.S. Other challenges included taxes and business registrations in Ghana among others. The Ambassador addressed the tax issues the group raised and provided pertinent guidelines and suggestions to help alleviate their concerns. Additionally, he commended the team for their achievements and ability to group together. He said forming strong networks is essential for growth and success of private enterprises, as well as small businesses. He was happy to note that the group had congregated and formed a strong network and thought that it reflected hope for other small businesses in Ghana.
H.E. Dr. Adjei-Barwuah pledged the Embassy’s support in assisting the efforts of the group and said he would reach out to government agencies in Ghana and request for assistance for entrepreneurs interested in doing business in the United States Network.
Nana Frimpomaa Williams, Private Sector Advisor (DFID, UK) and leader of the visiting team, thanked the Ambassador and staff for engaging the group in fruitful discussions. She hoped for a continued relationship between the group and the Embassy and said they would depend on the Embassy to help the entrepreneurs navigate the competitive U.S. market.
by Angeline Addy
Information & Public Affairs Dept.
Emmanuel Mensah, Ghanaian American Posthumously Named a 'Local Hero' by NYC Red Cross
On Monday, November 11, 2018, Ghana's Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Dr. Barfour Adjei-Barwuah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Andrews University to grant partial scholarship to Ghanaian students and professionals, both home and abroad.
In his address to the executive leadership of the university, H.E. Dr. Adjei-Barwauh, reiterated the importance of the agreement; "this is a five-year program so it is something that is going to benefit our people for a while. At a time where the world is moving fast, this kind of relationship is important for our development."
Touching on the details of the partnership, he intimated, "we have secured 250 seats per year for Ghanaian students and professionals-200 seats for undergraduate students and 50 seats for graduate students. This means that we can enroll up to 1250 students during the lifetime of the agreement. The program gives students and professionals who will be pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees, 50% off their tuition cost. The partnership also extends to students and professionals who prefer to stay home and pursue their degree programs online."
Ghana's Ambassador to the US Secures Over $60m of Scholarship for Ghanaian Students.
November 11, 2018
According to information from the university, most undergraduate students enrolled pay about $28,272 per year. At 50%, each student will get $14,136 off per year totaling $56,544 of savings for 4 years. A discount of $56,544 for 200 students per year for five years comes to $56.5 million of scholarship accessible to Ghanaian first degree students. The discount total, accessible to graduate students is about $5.5 million at 50 students for five years. Essentially, this agreement means that Ghanaians have close to $62 million worth of scholarship they can access under this program.
President of Andrews University, Dr. Andrea Luxton, stressed on the school's commitment to education and the motive for investing in Ghanaians. "As an Adventist institution, we believe in giving back by way of empowerment, through education. Our relationship with Ghana goes back many years. This partnership solidifies that relationship even more", she revealed.
Speaking at the signing-in event, Mr. Kwame Antwi-Frempong, the intermediary and CEO of Aspire Business Network, assured the university of his commitment to safeguard the program and to ensure that all applicants are properly pre-screened. This will ensure that students who go through the program are legitimate and academically ready. The sustainability of this program is very important.
His Excellency Dr. Adjei-Barwuah, while in Berrien Springs, met with the Ghanaian community, and visited the NSG Group, one of the world's biggest glass manufacturing plants located in Niles, Michigan.
October 14, 2018
Private Emmanuel Mensah
"Emmanuel Mensah was simply an amazing Private First Class (Pfc) of the United States (US) army. It is so honoring and equally humbling for me to receive such a huge recognition on his behalf from the Red Cross. May his soul rest in peace."
This was said Catherine Cudjoe who had just accepted a posthumous award for Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah from the American Red Cross in Greater New York (NY).
Catherine spoke to this writer barely a week after she had accepted the award on October 10, 2018, at The American Red Cross Local Hero Award gala themed 'Heroes Among Us', at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in NY. “He will be greatly missed, but he will equally be greatly loved for his valor and bravery,” she said about Pfc. Mensah.
She also thanked CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield from whom she accepted Private Mensah’s award, and “the entire Diaspora African community of NY, and well-wishers for their overwhelming support.”
Army Pfc. Mensah received the award due to his act of selflessness and bravery when in December 2017, while visiting his family in the Bronx, NY building located at 2363 Prospect Avenue, Belmont, in which he also lived [on the third floor].
During the visit, he noticed a fire breakout raging uncontrollably , and sprung into the part of the building with the fire from where he led neighbors to safety. Though 13 lives were claimed by the fire [his included], Mensah’s choice to put the lives of others before his saved four lives through his singular act of bravery.
“I still can’t think where he got the courage to do what he did. His actions will inspire a generation, including myself,” Catherine said, as she went on to explain that father of Pfc. Mensah, Kwabena Mensah, on behalf of their family “asked me to receive this honor on behalf of their son from the Red Cross ‘Heroes Among Us’.”
Prior to this Red Cross honor, the late Pfc. Mensah was posthumously awarded the highest award for valor outside of combat — the Soldier’s Medal, he also received the NY State Medal for Valor. Born May 11, 1991, in Accra, Ghana, the Private also received American citizenship in 2017 after he was brought to the US in 2012 by his father.
Catherine on behalf of the Mensah family told this writer that the family was thankful to Josh Lockwood — NY region Red Cross CEO, the entire Red Cross, the respective event sponsors including Macy’s Inc., Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and among others Ogilvy and IBM.
According to Catherine who is also President of the National Ghana Parade Council (NGPC) , the NGPC and the Ghanaian Community in NY will hold a thanksgiving vigil in the Bronx, on December 27, 2018, at 6 PM. “It will be in remembrance of the 6 Ghanaians among the 13 that lost their lives in the December 27, 2017 fire,” she calmly explained.
Source: Oral Ofori