President Akufo-Addo, Alan Kyeremanten, Minister of Trade and Industry with the GGBL delegation
Executive management and Board members of Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), Ghana’s leading total beverage business and a subsidiary of Diageo PLC, have paid a courtesy call on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Flagstaff House in Accra.
Francis Agbonlahor, Managing Director of GGBL, told the President that as the leading beverage business in the country, Guinness Ghana was committed to developing a sustainable supply chain through its local raw material sourcing programme.
“In the past year, for instance, we have invested over GHC1 million to ensure quality and consistent supply of sorghum which is used in the production of many of our premium brands.
“The company also uses cassava starch from Ayensu Starch Factory and maize as part of its raw materials. Through this programme, we have impacted about 16,300 farmers, including their families in the three Northern regions, as well as Central and Brong Ahafo Regions in Ghana.
“We believe there is an enormous opportunity in this area where industry can collaborate with government on its Planting for Food and Jobs, as well as its One District One Factory initiatives,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo, on his part, acknowledged the contribution of GGBL to the socio-economic development of Ghana and expressed the commitment of the government to creating the enabling environment by developing the appropriate policy framework for businesses to grow and thrive.
He also commended GGBL particularly for taking advantage of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) to export some of its products to the West African sub region and encouraged other Ghanaian businesses to do same.
Alan Kwadwo Kyeremanten, Minister of Trade and Industry, said that his ministry would support the growth of GGBL and industry in totality.
Some staff of the company, who accompanied the Managing Director, were Martyn Mensah, a board member, Isaac Tosu, Supply Chain Director, Helen Opoku-Agyemang, Director of Controls, Compliance and Ethics, Eric Adadevor, Human Resources Director and Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson, Communications and Employee Engagement Manager.