The newly sworn-in Minister of Trade and Industry, Hon Kobina Tahir Hammond, has called for a sense of urgency and collective action to move the sector forward. According to the Minister, although he has a relatively short time to spend at the Ministry, he is ready, with the support of all stakeholders, to leave a memorable imprint.
Interacting with Management of the Ministry as well as Chief Executives of sector Agencies in his first official day at work, he sent strong signals that what he detests most are acrimony and backbiting – things he see as evils that are inimical to productivity and collective attainment of organizational goals.
The Chief Director of the Ministry, Mr. Patrick Yaw Nimo, welcomed him and pledged the support of management and staff towards the realisation of his vision.
The Chief Executives of the Agencies under the Ministry took turns to update him on some pending issues that needed immediate attention.
In a related development, Hon K. T. Hammond has also met with the leadership of the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA).
In his brief remarks, the President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng, noted that the Association has had good working relationships with previous Ministers, especially the immediate past one, Hon Alan Kyerematen, and hoped it would continue.
He was however quick to add that the meeting was the first time that a Minister had on his own, sought audience with them upon assuming office without a request from the Association.
They highlighted a number of issues that they felt should engage the immediate attention of the Minister, particularly foreigners in retail trade in the country.
Compiled by the Communications and Advocacy Team, MoTI