THE 19th edition of the Ghana Club 100 (GC 100) Awards has been launched in Accra.
The ceremony is set to honour resilient businesses which survived the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges.
The organisers-the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) have been described this year’s edition as “special” due to the impact of major global developments on Ghana and the rest of the world.
Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, Mr Yofi Grant told both local and international businesses at a media launch of the awards event in Accra last week that , “for us, the critical essence of this year’s Ghana Club 100 is to pay significant tribute to all the corporates who through these challenges have survived and still create the opportunity for people to go to work or live their lives again.”
Mr Grant added, “we need to praise them because they are the ones who have taught us how to survive,” as he expressed gratitude to companies which turned the odds of the pandemic into useful rewarding ventures, some of which helped fight the pandemic.
This year’s GC 100 will be on the theme: “Ghana’s private sector; a catalyst for post pandemic economic transformation.”
The awards event is GIPC’s flagship event and arguably the most respected corporate programme in Ghana. The awards creates a database of the top 100 companies in Ghana.
It serves as a credible avenue for corporate Ghana and government to interact at the highest level and to gain government’s support and intervention to enhance the competitiveness of the Ghanaian corporate sector.
Mr Grant noted that survival and contribution of firms amid the crisis, which started in 2019, had supported the country’s growth and deserved to be rewarded.
While the country was still grappling with the impact of two global developments[COVID-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine war], which were unpredicted, some corporates were still making life happen for others.
He noted that the world was almost turned into turmoil, but corporate entities taught people how to survive, saying: “It’s not the government, it’s the corporates that have survived and are doing great things. So, GC 100 this year echoes that story of the resilience of the human character through enterprises and corporates.”
Lauding the efforts of the private sector in the country’s effort to come out of the economic challenges, he said the growth of the country was through enterprises that invested their “soil, sweat, and toil to make things happen.