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Sierra Leone is sweet to do business: Ghanaian Businessman testifies

By Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya:

A popular Ghanaian business tycoon in the sub-region, Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chief Executive Officer of the Jospong Group of Companies has said in Freetown that Sierra Leone has lots of potentials and that the country is sweet to do business. Joseph Siaw Agyepong jets into the country on Sunday 19th February 2012 to carryout feasibility study on some of the potentials in the country and see how best he can work with the government of Sierra Leone. He was welcomed by key government officials at the Freetown International Airport in Lungi and at the Government Wharf in Freetown. After Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong landed on the soil of sierra Leone for the first time, he was conveyed by the government officials to the Bintumani Hotel and later went to the residence of the Minister of Information and Communication and later saw the President, Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at State House. He had held fruitful discussions with government functionaries on best ways in which he can invest in the government printing sector in Sierra Leone.

Dr. Agyepong Leaving the airport for Targrin

The group’s mission is to contribute to the socio economic development of Africa by applying top range technology and expertise to all sectors of the economy and to provide jobs by being the largest private sector employer in Africa. As a group which believes on local markets in any country, the Chief Executive Officer for the Jospong Group said he came to Sierra Leone in other to help recover the economic situation of the country especially to help in the government printing department. He said although he has worked and operates his companies in many parts of Africa, Sierra Leone is very much encouraging and most of the people he had met have passion and love for business individuals.After landing at Freetown International Airport, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong told a group of journalists in Lungi that his group is engaged in the business of Tourism, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Automobile and Products Assembling, Construction, Real Estate, Waste Management, Water Processing, Mining, Printing and Events Management. He said the establishment of the Group began in 1980 with a few subsidiaries, mainly in the printing industry. In the last couple of decades, the Jospong Group of Companies has grown in leaps and bounds and now comprises of 32 subsidiaries which are into varying business ventures in response to increasing need and demand for quality products and services in the different sectors of Ghana and Africa’s vibrant economies.

Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, enjoying the Sea view on board the NASSIT Ferry to Government Wharf

The Jospong Group of Companies currently represents 16 Chinese companies, 8 Indian companies and 5 European companies in Ghana. The Company’s trade volume with these companies is worth US$4,360,000,000. The Group has generated over 98,000 jobs under various innovative collaborations with Governments and the private sector all over Africa and it expected that Sierra Leone will soon benefit from the lots jobs provided by the company.

In a statement, Joseph Siaw Agyepong said their experience in China and beyond gives then the cause to believe that most trade and business cooperation are focused on the Government sector mainly with little collaboration with the private sector; which is indeed the engine of growth and job creation in Africa. “We have no doubt that most African private businesses would want to see an expanded cooperation in Africa that is geared towards strengthening the Private Sector in Africa; Private (African)-to-Private investor or venture, partnerships, Private Business Grants or special business loans from Government and similar types of business cooperation” he said.
Jospong Group of Companies has initiated and successfully grown businesses in Ghana and across Africa. The secret of their successes that they want to share with other potential international companies they desire to work with include being situated in a peaceful and stable political climate which boasts of a vibrant human resource and a government willingness to pursue economic growth led by the private sector.

 

 

The subsidiaries of Jospong Group of Companies are; Jospong Printing Press, J.A. Quarry, J.A. Plant Pool, Appointed Time Screen Printing, Excellent Printing Press, Advocate Publishing, Turnstile Prints, ProWriting Limited, Excellent Builders Construction, and Sino Africa Development Company Limited. The rest are; Zoomlion Ghana, Foton Ghana, Great Consolidated Diamonds Company, Revsol Ghana Limited, International Trade Hub-Ghana, Creator Digital, Mahindra Ghana, Zoil Ghana Limited, and Hirbodan Ghana.

Dr. Agyepong flanked by government officials and some Ghanaian employees at the Government Wharf

The Jospong Group is filled with hope and confidence in the future of Ghana and Africa as a whole. As the world is gradually propelling the development of Africa, thus strengthening the common prosperity of the private sector, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong said they are always ready for partnerships that will help make lives better for the people of Africa.

The core business areas of the companies under the Jospong Group cover Waste, Sanitation and Environmental Management; Printing and Media; Real Estate Development/Management and Civil Work;, Mining and Quarrying; and Equipment and Vehicle Assembly as well as Hiring and Sale.

Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong with his team will leave the shores of Sierra Leone on Tuesday 21st February after getting first hand information and feasibility study about doing business in Sierra Leone.

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