Nestle Ghana Limited and WestBlue Consulting have picked up important prizes at the maiden Ghana Shippers Awards, held on June 30, 2017 in Accra.
Nestle Ghana Limited received the Shipper of the Year award while WestBlue Consulting picke up the Anas Aremeyaw Anas award for transparency.
The Trade Facilitation Company of the Year went to GCNet, the provider of e-solutions to government, whiles its executive chairman, Dr. Nortey Omaboe, won the CEO of the year award.
In all, 47 companies and individuals were awarded for their contributions to the shipping industry. The awards were aimed at recognising excellence in the shipping industry to imbibe in the players a sense of fulfilment and greater zeal to achieve higher laurels.
Special awards were presented to eight personalities and organisations including Mr. Magnus Teye Adico, who received the National Champion, Shipping, Port Policy and Regional Policy reforms award; Dr.Kofi Mbiah, strategic champion award for shipper services and international maritime legislative reforms; Mr. Ben Owusu Mensah, port sector reforms and human development champion award.
Alhaji Asuma Banda was awarded for commercial shipping and private sector champion, while the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), the Ghana Maritime Authority and the Ghana Airports Company Limited all received the industry leadership award. The Anti-Corruption Crusade Award went to ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
WESTBLUE IN DOUBLE HAUL
WestBlue Consulting, technical partners of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), bagged two awards at the Ghana Shippers Awards.
The two-year old company was awarded the Anas Aremeyaw Anas Award for transparency and the award for excellence in innovation and technology. The company, which has been at the forefront of providing technical support to the Customs Division, particularly in the implementation of the Ghana National Single Window, has gained prominence in both the public and private sectors as it continues to stamp and assert its authority as the leading IT solutions firm in the country.
GPHA IS INDUSTRY LEADER
The Ghana Ports and Habour Authority (GPHA) was not left out of the show, landing The Industry Leadership Award, which was received by the Director General, Mr. Paul Asare Ansah and the Board chairman, Mr. Peter Mac Manu.
Meanwhile, the authoritative current affairs maritime programme, Eye On Port, was adjudged the Maritime Media Programme of the year.
Eye on Port was instituted by the GPHA to educate and inform the shipping public on the dos and don’ts of the industry.
This was aimed at bringing the activities of the ports closer to the public and the public also closer to the ports.
So far, as the only television programme that focuses on shipping and maritime trade in Ghana, Eye on Port has carved a niche of being the fastest, elaborate and most reliable source of informing the entire Ghanaian community on sea trade.
Since its inception, the programme has conducted ground-breaking investigations that have assisted importers to recover their goods or bring sanity to the corridors of Ghana.
Also picking up for commendable work in the media was Kennedy Mornah of the New Maritime and Port Digest newspaper. He was named Reporter of the Year.