Report from Ghana
In October 2017, the local chapter of Economy for the Common Good (ECG) was launched in Ghana. It was under the theme “TRANSFORMING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN A COMMON GOOD ECONOMIC MODEL. The African coordinator of the ECG movement, Dr. Urbain N’Dakon in his speech admonished young entrepreneurs to have a clear idea about the aim of their activities to have good impact in the society. He again urged them to take advantage of the movement’s Balance Sheet to assess their company’s effort towards a sustainable future. Mr Kofi Adu Domfeh, Bureau Chief of Climate Change Reporters in Ghana in his turn intimated that, entrepreneurs should develop environmental consciousness in their businesses.
The occasion brought together some talented youth from selected educational institutions in the Kumasi Metropolis. They included graduates from the Textiles Department of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, students from Kumasi Technical University, Methodist Technical Institute, Kumasi Vocational Training Institute, Kumasi Hive and Kumasi Institute of Tropical Agriculture. The students exhibited products such as the Mobile Cassava Grater, Security Robot, Gari Jollof and Indoor Water Fountain.
Participants were made to understand the motivation behind the ECG initiative and the reason why it appears in this present time. Economy for the Common Good (ECG), believes that entrepreneurs and established businesses should not solely concentrate on profit making at the expense of their employees and the environment, rather work towards an economic system which places the Common Good at the center of all economic activities, promoting good practices in the integrated field of Human Dignity, Solidarity, Ecological sustainability, Social Responsibility, Democratic participation and Transparency. Appreciating the holistic vision carried by ECG is the basic principle as opposed to other approaches.
Other dignitaries present at the occasion were Dr. (Mrs) Eunice Akyereko Adjei, Lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Mr Albert Armooh, country coordinator of Water for Everyone and Mr Cletus Burenaah, Assistant Registrar of Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development.
The Local Chapter outdoored its Flagship programme called the YOUNG ENTRENEUSHIP SCHEME. It will offer support in terms of training and organizing workshops for individuals and schools to incorporate the principles of ECG movement in their daily activities.
Africa has a key role to play in this movement and must be able to participate in the genuine design of the African strategy of implementation.
Samuel Oduro Mensah,
Country Coordinator, Ghana