Innovation To Drive China’s High-quality Economic Growth, Says Ghanaian Media Executive |

Innovation To Drive China's High-quality Economic Growth, Says Ghanaian Media Executive |

People & Lifestyle Innovation to drive China’s high-quality economic growth, says Ghanaian media executive Promoting the new quality productive forces is “a very laudable move,” said an expert, expressing his confidence that China will make more breakthroughs in science and technology to spur high-quality development. China’s innovation-oriented development strategy has injected more vitality into its economy and will drive high-quality economic growth in the long run, a Ghanaian media executive has said. In a recent interview with Xinhua, Roger A. Agana, managing director of News Ghana, a leading news portal in Ghana, described China’s innovation-oriented development strategy as a driving force for growth, saying that the approach has proved to be dynamic and resilient. Promoting the new quality productive forces is “a very laudable move,” Agana said, adding he is upbeat that China will make more breakthroughs in science and technology to spur high-quality development. His view on China’s economy was bolstered during his first visit to China last December when he visited some high-tech firms in southern China’s Guangdong Province. He was struck by the Chinese-made new energy vehicles, which he believed would be much more prevalent in the future. “With new technologies, you can easily charge a car within 30 minutes; it’s environmentally friendly and more efficient, which makes life much easier,” he said, adding the new energy vehicle industry is simply the tip of the iceberg among the cluster of China’s emerging industries. Agana expressed confidence in China’s efforts to strengthen reforms in the sci-tech sector to further unlock the potential for innovation with a view to high-quality development. “I believe that also offers useful lessons to Ghana and the whole of Africa,” he added. Speaking of China’s economic performance in 2023, Agana said it was “impressive.” “The world’s second-largest economy has seen a GDP growth of 5.2 percent in 2023, which is a very impressive performance considering what is going on in the world right now. While a lot of countries’ economies went negative, China was still growing,” said Agana. China has contributed a lot to the global economy, which is still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic and regional crises, Agana said, adding that China’s economic growth has boosted demand for exports from other countries, which is beneficial to its trade partners. China’s economic growth shows the vitality of its economy and the Chinese government’s capacity to handle external pressure from the volatile global market while dealing with domestic issues, Agana said. Highlighting the positive impact that China’s economic recovery exerts on Ghana and Africa, Agana said it may drive more Chinese investment in the continent’s infrastructure under the Belt and Road Initiative, enabling a more robust development in many sectors in Africa. Source: Xinhua People & Lifestyle Chef Faila wins Most Promising Young Northern Woman Award Chef Failatu Abdul-Razak, known for her Guinness World Record-breaking cook-a-thon attempt in Tamale, was honored as the Most Promising Young Northern Woman of the Year at the sixth Northern Excellence Awards. (more…) People & Lifestyle Empowering Women Creators with the Jane Can Do Creative & Tech Expo, Ghana’s First Creative Women Expo We’re calling all creative women! Mark your calendars for Jane Can Do Creative & Tech Expo, the first-of-its-kind creative tradeshow designed specifically for women entrepreneurs in the industry. On March 23, 2024, at Terra Alta, this one-day free event will celebrate the power of collaboration and fusion across creative disciplines, empowering female leaders to connect, inspire, and elevate each other’s businesses. The event focuses on the innovative theme of Crossing Boundaries, showcasing the interconnected and dynamic nature of today’s creative landscape. Participants range from students, aspiring professionals, creative and tech experts, freelance professionals, and solopreneurs, to brands seeking connections with creators. The Janes’ Expo offers a platform to showcase your creative products and services to a specific audience, expand your professional network, and establish meaningful relationships with talented women across diverse creative fields. Engage in panel discussions, workshops, and interactive sessions guided by industry professionals. Enjoy games, a networking lounge, a donation box, clothing swap stations, and screenings of films by African women filmmakers. “Jane Can Do Creative & Tech Expo transcends a conventional tradeshow; it represents a movement. It aims to dismantle barriers, encourage teamwork, and provide a platform where women can flourish and explore their creative limits,” remarked Pamm Takyiwaa, the Project Lead and Founder of Jane Can Do. “We trust that the potential is boundless when women unite. Learning from industry experts is as crucial as working together. Our goal is to establish a network of female entrepreneurs who nurture support, advocate inclusivity, and applaud each other’s success.” This event is made possible with the support of numerous women and creative collectives including Berj Gallery, Kitty Palace, and A&A Ventures. Interested vendors and sponsors are welcome to email [email protected] Registration is now open for all sessions! Visit on Instagram to learn more about the event, speakers, and registration options. Early bird discounts are available for a limited time. Join the conversation! Follow us on social media using the hashtag #JCDCrossingBoundaries #JaneCanDo #JanesExpo People & Lifestyle Delta Airlines & Junior Achievement Africa empower 30 African Girls at Leadership bootcamp in Accra Delta Airlines, in collaboration with JA Africa, hosted 30 high school-aged students, all girls, from Ghana, Nigeria, and South Africa to Accra, Ghana, at a highly impactful four-day bootcamp aimed at empowering them to become high-achieving women. The bootcamp dubbed “LEAD Camp’ coincided with the celebration of International Women’s Day and the girls represent the best-performing students selected from a pool of over 300 girls who have taken part in innovation camps and entrepreneurial skills training in their home countries. in celebration of world international women’s day! @Delta hosts LEAD Camp with @JA_Africa_ featuring 30 young girls from Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa — Ameyaw Debrah (@AmeyawDebrah) March 8, 2024 Themed ‘Inspire Inclusion for African Girls’, the Delta and JA Africa program will further elevate their knowledge and skills to unlock their boundless potential. It aims to break down societal barriers hindering the potential of African girls, advocating for their active participation in leadership, decision-making, and entrepreneurial endeavors. The bootcamp sessions are designed to provide comprehensive insights and skills essential for personal and professional growth. These include lessons on personal branding, leadership, the power of conviction and self-confidence, emotional intelligence, careers in STEM, and etiquette. Throughout the camp, the girls had the opportunity to be coached by female Delta volunteers and other accomplished women from various industries who led them through the sessions. The girls had sessions with suvvesful female personalities including Rev. Akua Ofori-Boateng is the Director of Programmes for the Anglican Diocese of Accra, Naana Winful Fynn, Regional Director – West Africa, Norfund, and Eloina Baddoo, Delta Airlines Country Manager “We are committed to empowering young girls, impacting their lives, and setting their feet on the path to becoming successful women as we believe this is a step in the right direction to having a just and equitable society. We appreciate Delta Air Lines for the continuous partnership with us to empower young Africans, especially our young girls,” said Simi Nwogugu, President and CEO of JA Africa. Eloina Baddoo, Delta’s Country Manager for Ghana said: “Having started my Delta career as an intern, to now overseeing Delta’s sales in the Ghana market, I know first-hand just how committed Delta is as an organization to helping women progress their careers and achieve their potential. I’m delighted to have this opportunity to pay it forward, working with talented young women from across Africa to help them learn the skills they will need on their journey to success.” Empowering young girls at an early stage through leadership, entrepreneurship, and career development training can help tackle inequality issues in Africa. It is against this background that this collaboration was born. Through this initiative, Delta Air Lines and JA Africa affirm an unwavering commitment to nurturing and empowering young girls, equipping them with the essential skills required to transform into exceptional female leaders of tomorrow. People & Lifestyle Geisha Soap champions gender inclusivity at 6th National Women’s Summit & Expo Unilever Ghana’s skin cleansing brand, Geisha Soap, has reiterated its commitment to mothers and women, saluting the strength and resilience that these groups exhibit in their daily life. By adding the brand’s voice of support to women and female causes, Geisha Soap is continuing with its focus of being a “strong soap for long lasting care”. This commitment was emphasised at the 6 th edition of the National Women’s Summit & Expo – where Geisha Soap is the title sponsor for the second year running – held at the Accra International Conference Centre on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2024. The event, organised by Charterhouse in partnership with Joy FM, was under the theme, “Inspiring Inclusion.” It brought together some of Ghana’s most eminent women in the workplace, in leadership, and in the creative industry, with women from all walks of life. Additionally, it served as an opportunity for learning, networking, and mentoring for the students from selected girls’ senior high schools in attendance. Speaking at the event, Mrs Nana Yaa Owusu-Ansah, Marketing Director for Beauty, Wellbeing and Personal Care – Unilever Ghana and Francophone Africa, expressed her excitement that Geisha is continuing with its partnership with the National Women’s Summit & Expo. She said, “Our purposeful brand, Geisha, is deeply rooted in and embodies the values of strength and resilience, and is testament to the power of inclusion. Geisha is focused on empowering women to unleash their potential and contribute to building their societies.” For her, the theme was fitting, because inclusion is a fundamental principle that promotes prosperity in society. Mrs Owusu-Ansah, who is also a member of the Board of Directors for Unilever Ghana PLC and the Founder of Super Moms Club in Unilever, mentioned that Geisha’s partnership was beneficial because the brand gets to “shine the spotlight on the remarkable achievement of women and to celebrate the strength, resilience and determination of women.” Mr. Frederick Asare, Category Marketing Manager for Skin Cleansing , expanded on why Geisha Soap is partnering on this annual event again: “This is one of the occasions that, as a brand, we seek to demonstrate our brand purpose. We believe that Geisha is in the position to support women to teach children to be strong and resilient. We will use our platform to encourage young ladies to come to the table and to have their voices heard.” The keynote speaker for the 6 th National Women’s Summit & Expo, Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, encouraged women to endeavour to rise to leadership positions in corporate Ghana and on the national stage. She also lent her support to the Affirmative Action Bill, which is before Parliament. Geisha honoured and awarded female key distributors. These women are: Pappita Dayal Lalwani (Lucky Bazaar Ltd), Nana Ama Agyapong (Y&K investments Ltd), Mercy Adochim (Awen Yami Enterprise), Adelaide Ahwereng (Fio Enterprise), Felicia Logo (Marksussie Enterprise), and Najat Mukhtat (NJ Ventures). In the run up to the event, Geisha Soap held an event at Wesley Grammar School, where they interacted with the students, inspiring them, and spending a fun day with them. Geisha is one of the leading Unilever brands across categories with a rich history of being Ghana’s most loved bathing soap on account of the long-lasting benefits it offers to patrons and its value for money. Geisha soap, which is Ghana’s leading skin cleansing product, is made with natural ingredients that offer unique skin benefits by variants. People & Lifestyle Women empowerment and economic growth at the heart of 24-hour economy – Prof. Opoku-Agyemang Professor Naana Jane-Opoku Agyemang, the running mate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the upcoming elections, has noted that among many benefits, implementing the 24-hour economy policy holds promising prospects that will empower women and drive economic growth in communities. She was speaking on the theme ‘Inspiring Social and Economic Inclusion: Women Thriving in the 24 Economy’ at the University of Cape Coast ahead of the 2024 International Women’s Day. Professor Naana-Opoku Agyemang revealed that the NDC has other progressive policy proposals targeting women in the 24-hour economy which will be made known when the 2024 NDC Manifesto is launched. “The good thing about this economic revolution is that Ghanaian women have been deliberately factored and included in the policy. We do not have any option but to adapt quickly to help keep our young men and women employed. It is for this reason that H.E John Dramani Mahama and the NDC are prepared to safeguard the women’s safety and encourage gender-friendly labor regulations and work environment to support us (women) to thrive in the 24-hour economy,” she stated. She noted that markets are the link between manufacturers and consumers, a reason why H.E John Dramani Mahama is still emphatic on continuing the markets modernisation programme that began in Kotokoraba, Cape Coast and Kejetia, Kumasi, among other places. Adding that: “It is in this light that the next NDC government promises to give an ultra-modern facelift to all our major markets as active enablers of an efficient 24-hour economy.” She lamented that the “current socio-economic situation of Ghana continues to expose women to exclusion, discrimination, gender-based violence and harassment in an economy which has been deliberately redesigned by those currently in charge to serve their selfish interest while at the same time working against our collective aspirations and welfare.” Widen employment scope and inclusion She said the John Dramani Mahama’s 24-hour economy policy is about “..the Ghana where all of us thrive, and where all persons of working age have a fair opportunity to work, man or woman. A productive economy that works around the clock to engage the skills and talents of our young people for sustainable development.” With a meticulously planned implementation strategy, she believes the policy will introduce flexibility, providing avenues to integrate individuals currently outside the labour force but who are available to work. She emphasised that the policy will promote inclusivity, ultimately leading towards achieving economic independence. She also expressed concern over the mass exodus of Ghana’s youth in search of better opportunities abroad, highlighting that a significant portion of Ghana’s highly educated, trained and skilled workforce comprises individuals leaving the country. “As the difficulty in getting decent jobs that are sustainable and provide income security heightens, we have witnessed young women and men in the banking sector wake up suddenly to no jobs due to the current government’s poor economic decisions. Young people and women have been waiting for far too long to get jobs after training and there is the growing fear that if nothing urgent is done, they will only be waiting forever to get employed,” she lamented. International Women’s Day She noted that this year’s theme— inspiring inclusion— perfectly underscores the unending and restless campaigns and advocacy anchored on the long-held values of deliberate involvement and participation by women in the socio-political and economic decision-making processes. She commended all the various gender-based civil society organisations, progressive individuals and stakeholders in the country who have been at the forefront of the campaigns and advocacy seeking to realise a society that thinks about, involves and cares for women. Stepping up the 24-hour conversation During a panel discussion, a Professor of Finance at UCC, John Gatsi described the 24-hour economy as an intentional policy that could tackle economic challenges. Additionally, Prof. Gatsi underscored the need for leadership development, particularly among women, whose activities require scaling up within the 24-hour economy framework. He emphasised that this shift presents an opportunity to focus on uplifting women and ensuring inclusivity. “We need to continue to stay in the discussion about the 24-hour economy because if you don’t earn income, you cannot comfortably participate in the digital economy. So, we need a policy that will govern every effort of the country to increase the productive capacity of the country, providing jobs for the people,” he added. Bashiratu Kamal, a gender specialist with the trade union, emphasised the importance of examining consumption patterns and existing markets to ensure the sustainability of the 24-hour economy policy. She suggested focusing on sectors of the economy with higher female employment rates and assessing the viability of the 24-hour economy for women in areas where their representation is lacking. Prof. Akua Britwum, a professor of Labour and Human Resource Studies at the University of Cape Coast (UCC), emphasised the need for concerted efforts to eradicate stereotypes and discrimination women face across various sectors. People & Lifestyle Cooking With GameChangers Premieres in Lagos with a Sublime Unveiling Mixer Cooking With GameChangers was unveiled to guests at an intimate mixer held at the prestigious business club, Capital Club Lagos, on Thursday, March 7th 2024. The brand new TV Show format was premiered in a room full of top executives, entrepreneurs and culinary experts. Daniel Etim-Effiong who is the host of the brand new show, also played host to guests alongside show creator, Seyi Banigbe. M.I Abaga, Kaffy, and Captain Toba Abifarin are judges on the new show, Cooking with GameChangers, and were all present to participate in exciting activities at the premiere. Guests arrived to drinks and Hors d’oeuvres as they mingled. The host after that asked for guests to interact with at least five people to memorise their full names and occupations for a chance to win a cash prize. Popular blogger, Tai, of Foodie in Lagos emerged as the winner of this challenge. Show creator, Seyi Banigbe, who is a lawyer, media executive, and host of talk show, Binging with GameChangers, welcomed guests, introduced the new show and gave insight into how the new show was created and developed. She showered accolades on the show’s judges and host highlighting how each person performed phenomenally well during the filming of Cooking with GameChangers. The judges participated in a fun meal-plating game where they were challenged to make the best plating with the jollof rice and vegetables provided. Guests had a lot of fun cheering the judges who were judged this time by leading food bloggers and chefs. Gina Ehikodi-Ojo of Geena Foodies and Spice chose Captain Toba’s plating as her favourite. Guests proceeded to watch an episode of Cooking with GameChangers while they enjoyed a specially curated 2-course dinner. Notable culinary experts and influencers present were Chiamaka Nwakalor-Egemba, Tai of Foodie in Lagos, Abisodun of Meals with Abi, Grace of Velvety Foods, Atinuke Obele of Teekayskitchen and many more. The GM of LASODA, Adenike Oyetunde-Lawal, was present alongside featured GameChangers such as the GM of LASWA, Damilola Emmanuel, Segun Dada of CAPSA, Segun Bankole of Sovereign Trust Insurance, Ngozi-Ezeka-Atta of Jaga Beauty, Yemisi Obe of Grandios Pap amongst many others. Cooking with GameChangers is a spinoff of the popular talk show, “Binging With GameChangers”, which airs on TV stations nationwide and has amassed over 60 million monthly viewers in its 7 years of airing on television. Each episode of Cooking with GameChangers follows a day in the life of a top corporate executive and an accomplished entrepreneur who ends up in the Cooking with GameChangers kitchen for a cook-off to determine the “Ultimate GameChanger”. The cooking competition is supervised and judged by celebrity show host, Daniel Etim-Effiong, and judges M.I Abaga, Kaffy, and Captain Toba. Watch Episode 1 here: Subscribe to @B2GNetwork on YouTube for updates on fresh episodes of Cooking with GameChangers. Follow Cooking with GameChangers here: Instagram: Twitter/X: Threads: TikTok:… LinkedIn: @CookingwithGameChangers You can also watch the show every weekend on TV stations nationwide: SATURDAYS: NTA Network: Saturdays at 10.30 AM Silverbird: Saturdays at 1.30 PM Views Channel: Saturday 6:30 PM; Repeat: Mondays at 9:30 PM; Wednesdays at 9 PM SUNDAYS: Africa Magic Family: Sundays at 3.30 PM: Repeat: Wednesdays at 1.30 PM TVC: Sundays at 5.30 PM NTA2: Sundays at 5.30 PM Wazobia Max: Sundays at 5.30 PM; Repeatt Mondays at 7 PM Wazobia TV: Sundays at 5.30 PM; Repeat: Mondays at 7 PM Cooking with GameChangers is supported by Power Oil, 2Sure and Aquafina. Media Partners: BellaNaija, and Ameyaw Debrah. 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