The Chief Executive Officer of Marble Communications Group Limited, publishers of The Finder Group of Newspapers, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has been nominated by President Nana Akuffo Addo as the minister for the newly created ministry of Business Development.
According to the President the essence of the new ministry is to develop and deal with the challenges of Ghana’s business community.“The development of business is a central feature of the work we want to do and as we need that for a vibrant business community in Ghana a thriving Ghanaian business community and the tool that will bring about the transformation and development of our country.”
Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, 55, is a former Managing Director of Graphic Communications Group Limited and Chase Petroleum and also an entrepreneur and a marketer.
He has a Masters in Applied Business Research (Swiss Business School, Switzerland), Executive Masters in Business Administration (University of Ghana Business School, Legon), Masters in International Journalism (University of Wales, UK).
He has also undertaken courses in Business Strategy at Harvard Business School, USA, and oil production and management at Oxford, UK. He is also at the tail end of his doctoral program at the Swiss Business School pursuing doctorate in Business Administration.
Awal, who is married with four children, is also a product of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ).
He has worked closely with many companies, particularly, with Small and Medium Enterprises, where he offered consultancy services in the areas of business strategy, management, marketing and communications.
Awal has also consulted for Diplomatic Missions, international development partners as well as state institutions.
Speaking to the media after the President made the announcement he said his first priority will be to deal with the high unemployment levels in the country by creating employment in the private sector.
“The private sector constitute about 90% of businesses in this country so the essence of this office is to help improve the capacity of the private sector so they can be productive.”
By: Anita Arthur/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana