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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ghana has established International Commercial Terms (Incoterms) to guide the actions of import and export professionals across the country. The new guidelines were launched in collaboration with management consultancy Westblue Consulting. The move comes as Ghana is looking to up its participation in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which will mean significant increases in the country’s import and export activity. In such a context, an established international set of guidelines will offer a basis for growth in trade. Ghana is among the most prominent economies in Africa, and has grown in profile as a financial centre in West Africa recently. The country’s high degree of political stability, and a booming domestic business sector have combined to give it an economic stronghold in the region.

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After weeks of stiff competition between some 200 female contestants who entered the maiden Miss Geek Ghana 2019 Competition, 10 young ladies have made the final cut and they will be going head to head to determine and winner this week. Miss Geek Ghana, which forms part of the Innovation Africa 2019 Summit, is slated for the plush Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra on December 5, 2019. Unlike several other strictly female competitions, which usually focus mainly on the looks of the ladies, Geek Ghana is a purely brain power contest, where the girls are required to design and present technology-based solutions to real national development problems. The young ladies, aged between 13 and 25, were required to design technology-based solutions in the form of an Apps and programs that either addresses untapped need that has not been uncovered, improves initiatives by others or is an unusual service/product that has not been traditionally offered in the industry.

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e-Ananse Wins Innovative CSR Project Award

Posted on 2019-12-09 16:54:45

e- Ananse libraries has been adjudged the Innovative CSR Project of the year at the Sustainability and Social Investment Awards 2019 held over the weekend in Accra. At the same event, the founder of West Blue Consulting, Madam Valentina Mintah was also awarded the Sustainability and Social Investment Women Empowerment Leadership Award. The e-Ananse libraries are the CSR initiative of West Blue Consulting, an indigenous IT solution firm. Receiving the award, the Director of e-Ananse Libraries said “The award will spur us on to work harder. e-Ananse is here to help contribute to the development of a literate society. We promise more exciting literary events in December and next year”. The e-Ananse libraries are a new concept in public libraries in Ghana. Each library, one in Osu and one in Legon, has a unique focus on African heritage and identity, both in its design and its contents. The books in the collection are primarily by writers of African descent and the libraries

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The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ghana in collaboration with West Blue Consulting, the technical support providers for Customs, GRA has launched Incoterms 2020 in Accra. Incoterms is an acronym for International Commercial Terms, which is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce registered in several countries. The Incoterms rules serve as a guide and provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of global trade on a daily basis. Addressing participants at the event, a deputy Minister for trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah said the launch of the incoterms will provide an atmosphere for trade expansion in the country. He said the African continental free trade area aside deepening intra African trade will also translate to lower import prices. “Ghana stands to benefit significantly from the AfCFTA and its anticipated positive impact on growth through a number of channels including a huge market outlet, high investment,

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UNESCO backs establishment of e-Ananse libraries

Posted on 2019-09-20 13:09:56

The Ghana office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has backed the establishment of the e-Ananse libraries in the country to promote literacy and equip the young generation with IT skills that hopefully will expose them to global opportunities. E-Ananse libraries are new concept of public libraries where students are given access to a wide collection of books from various African cultures as well as an environment that exposes them to more knowledge. Speaking at the launch of a second library at the University of Ghana, the Head of the UNESCO office in Ghana, Mr M. Abdourahamane Diallo, said the e-Ananse library had come to complement the efforts of the government and that of other stakeholders in improving literacy, considering that access to books remained a major obstacle to literacy.

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The e-Ananse Library initiative, a bold new concept by world class IT organization, West Blue Consulting, has been officially launched in a ceremony held in Legon that saw wide participation from people from all walks of life. The e-Ananse libraries are to help revitalize Ghana’s reading culture and provide people with the tools to compete in the 21st Century by giving them access to high-quality contemporary literature, state-of-the-art computing facilities, and world-class literary events while maintaining the Ghanaian storytelling heritage. The Chief Executive Officer of West Blue Consulting, Mark Addo, in an address on behalf of the company’s founder, Valentina Mintah, who conceived this library concept, said, the e-Ananse project should be viewed beyond just another corporate social activity but instead a necessity that has been long overdue.

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A number of renowned Ghanaian writers have celebrated Toni Morrison for her immense contribution towards the concept of reading.She was celebrated at the offices of e-Ananse library located in Osu last Wednesday. The event which started off around 7 pm on Wednesday evening saw six writers, namely Bisi Adjapon, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kofi Akpabli, Mamle Kabu, Empi Baryeh and Nana Awere Damoah taking patrons through all the concepts of Toni Morrison books. Toni Morrison happens to be an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University.

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A number of renowned Ghanaian writers have celebrated Toni Morrison for her immense contribution towards the concept of reading. She was celebrated at the offices of e-Ananse library located in Osu last Wednesday. The event which started off around 7 pm on Wednesday evening saw six writers, namely Bisi Adjapon, Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond, Kofi Akpabli, Mamle Kabu, Empi Baryeh and Nana Awere Damoah taking patrons through all the concepts of Toni Morrison books.Toni Morrison was an American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher, and professor emeritus at Princeton University. Why Celebrating Toni Morrison? Writer and Publisher Kofi Akpabli indicated that the celebration of Toni was needed because of the experience she placed in her work. ”Celebrating and remembering the legacy of Toni Morrison was needed because she has just passed, and it’s such a big loss to the community of writers. She charted a path that made the lives of black people more palpable. Prior to her, people had

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As part of its corporate social responsibility efforts, WestBlue Consulting has opened the e-Ananse library in Accra, which has been established to strengthen the cultural roots amongst children in Ghana. The library will serve the dual purpose of imparting literacy and cultural familiarity. Children will be taught about Ghana’s Kwaku Ananse ancient folklore, through which they will learn to read and write. Literacy amongst Ghana’s youth is the library’s primary objective, while cultural indoctrination comes as an additional benefit. The library will also be equipped with reading material for adults. Ghana is looking to build a strong foundation to contribute to the West African, continental and global economies. Part of this process is enabling local businesses to thrive and innovate – thereby securing economic growth in the

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World class IT- service provider, West Blue Consulting, has embarked on the e-Ananse project that seeks to revitalize the reading culture in Ghana by providing the needed tools to the public to compete in the 21st century. West Blue Consulting intends to give access to high quality, contemporary literature, state of the art computing facilities and world class literary events.  General Manager, Operations of West Blue, Kingsley Abeyei disclosed that this initiative is one that is dear to the founder of the company, Valentina Mintah whose vision has been to create an environment in which Ghanaians feel supported and inspired to become more literate individuals through the development of e-Ananse libraries throughout the country. “It is an ongoing project with one here, in Osu and one at Legon but I’m sure with time you will see more of such things being rolled out throughout the country,” he disclosed. He also revealed that the name e-Ananse was chosen to conve

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