I want to thank the Almighty God for taking us through another year full of victories and his mercy. As I thank the Almighty God and you all for your effort and contribution in making 2019 a very successful year, I wish to take this opportunity to welcome you all to another year of success.
I find the year 2020 as a very significant year for a number of reasons. It is said to be the beginning or the end of a decade; It is an election year and it is also the 25th year of the establishment of the Jospong Printing Press, out of which today we have become a conglomerate! Glory be to God! All these remarkable milestones call for some introspection and a look at where we have come from; where we are; and where we want to go to!
Our theme for this year captures it all “Jospong: Building the Future Together! By the Grace of God, the small company which I started 25 years ago has grown into over 60 companies with thousands of employees. Today you have all become shareholders of the company. A company that we have to build for generations after us to benefit from. But how do we build this generational brand that will continue to exist even when we are gone? It is our Culture!
Building a sustainable business for the future does not happen overnight, we must continue to work harder, harnessing our collective efforts to build the future together, putting value on our Human Capital, our intellectual capital as well as our financial capital.
In this year 2020, I will entreat all of us that as we build the future together, let us live by our values which is the foundation of our culture and abide by the policies and procedures that we have developed for ourselves and I believe that, with God on our side, we will achieve our vision of being leaders in our sectors across the continent.
The Lord Almighty who has begun better things with us will surely see it to a perfect end.
God bless us all!
Over 1,300 staff of the Jospong Group of Companies converged at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa in the Central Region of Ghana for the 2020 Jospong Leadership Conference.
The 2020 edition of the conference was under the team "Jospong: Building the future together".
The five-day conference which was aimed at discussing organizational goals to engender positive work ethics and good corporate governance within the Group brings together executives, subsidiary managers, regional general managers and district managers among other subsidiary heads of the Jospong Group for strategic sessions and provides an avenue for the Jospong conglomerate to evaluate its performance over the past years and fashion resolutions for future projects.
Among other things, the conference is also used as a platform for self assessment, socializing and team building.
The participants were taken through leadership skills and attitudes needed in the performance of their duties.
Renowned Motivational Speaker and leader of Nigerian based Daystar Christian Center, Rev. Dr. Sam Adeyemi was the Guest Speaker at the JLC2020 and he urged the Jospong Group to strategically position itself to be the preferred destination for business partnerships as the world is turning to Africa for business opportunities.
He said Africa is endowed with so much resources and there is the need to support its entrepreneurs to lead in business to help create wealth for the continent.
The Management and Staff of the Jospong Group of Companies together with stakeholders from Government and Industries converged at the forecourt of the Jospong Group headquarters in Accra for the 2019 Annual Thanksgiving Service.
The event which is held every year by the Jospong Group to express our profound gratitude to God for an impactful business year and continual sustenance of the firm was held under the theme ‘Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed – Lamentations 3:22’.
In an atmosphere of reverence to God for diverse benefits, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah cautioned against the tendency to take credit for the intervention of God in human endeavours when success becomes the norm.
“It is a good thing to give thanks to God and hence the move to hold this event by the Jospong Group is highly commendable. Ensure that you make thanksgiving a daily lifestyle.”
“Worship and thanksgiving to God do not only sustain the benefits we derive from the goodness of God but multiply our blessings. Never ever forget to approach God with a heart of thanksgiving for the successes chalked by this great company over the years,” Rev Korankye Ankrah said.
The Executive Chairman of the Group, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyapong, overwhelmed by emotions over what he believes was as a twist of fate in the establishment of Zoomlion; recounted how his original motive was to set up a printing press but ended up with a waste management giant, which is now solving sanitation problems in Ghana and other African countries.
“I took a loan of GHC30,000.00 from Barclays Bank at the time Alhassan Andani was working at Barclays, so he helped me to secure the loan. Then when I got to China and saw tricycles, God dropped an idea in my heart to purchase those vehicles instead of the printing machines.”
“I started off very small by leasing the equipment out to DCE’s across districts in Ashanti Region at the start of the project, but look at what God has done today. Jospong is now the leader in waste management in this blessed country and beyond,” he said.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Kyea who was present at the event advised against ill-treatment of individuals who are deemed to be at the lover ladder in society.
He admonished individuals to respect all manner of people bearing in mind that one’s subordinate could turn to be his superior in the future.
Present at the annual thanksgiving ceremony of Jospong Group of companies were notable politicians including Madam Sherry Ayitey, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, Samuel Ofosu Ampofo and notable traditional leaders.
The Jospong Group of Companies in its bid to improve the lives of people is currently exploring new technologies to properly manage Liquid Waste in smaller communities in Ghana.
On the side of the ongoing WATEC Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group, Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, together with the Minister for Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Cecillia Abena Dappah have visited some of Israels leading companies in development, design and manufacturing of filters, water and waste water treatment.
The Group currently seeks tailor-made solutions for Irrigation and watering equipments, Water filters, Water Sewerage and individual effluent treatment plants among others.
The groups seeks to aquire these technologies to improve ways of managing solid and liquid waste management in Ghana.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies has reiterated his call for a sustainable Plan for the development of Africa that is backed by “massive” private sector investment. Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong stressed that “Private Sector participation in EU-Africa relations is an assured way to foster development on the continent”.
The Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group was speaking at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, where he was invited to share his thoughts on "European Green Tech as Economic Boost for Africa"
The event, was held in honor of Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong and was focused on addressing Europe Africa relations for Development and the role the private sector plays in the Development process.
This event attracted members of the European Parliament and Business men from Europe. Also in attendance were Members from Ghana’s’ Parliament in the persons of Hon. Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, Member for Odododiodio, Hon. Suleman Adamu Sanid, Member for Ahafo Ano North and Hon. Boniface Abu-Bakar Siddique, Member for, Madina.
Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, in a keynote address, told a packed audience, “I have been advocating a real Sustainable Plan for Africa backed by massive private sector investment.” Using the Jospong Group as an example, Dr. Agyepong explained to the house why major investment and confidence in the private sector can generate sufficient growth and thus create millions of job opportunities capable of absorbing the African population explosion and, ultimately, reducing the challenge of illegal Africa-Europe Migration that is currently facing the world.
Mr. Lukas Mandl, Member of the EU Parliament and Member of the Committee on Development in his address told the gathering that the European Development Agenda “are about giving a voice to the whole development community, from world leaders to NGOs, business and industry leaders.” He added that, “Addressing inequalities is a necessary step in making our development cooperation more efficient and more meaningful in order not to leave anyone behind.”
The event was addressed by Sandra Kramer, Director, EU-AU Relations, West and East Africa, Director General DEVCO, European Commission. She indicated that the EU-AU relationship is being solidified with more focus on the private sector and for which over 4 billion euros have been set aside.
Madam Marlene Mortler MEP, Vice Chair of the Delegation for relations with South Africa, Member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development called for more support for the Agricultural sector with the use of modern technology.
Madam Constance Kann, Director of Institutional Relations and Public Affairs at the European Investment Bank also spoke about efforts being made to reach out more to the private sector at the drivers of development worldwide.
Another keynote speaker Hans-Peter Fallman, CEO of NEWTEX Textil GmbH called for a Trade House which will serve as an information resource centre where people who want to Business can go to for salient information on what is required of them and the steps to take when entering the African market
Dr. Agyepong made a further call for Private Sector inclusion in the development process when he joined some private and public sector players to have a very insightful conversation on "Opportunities arising from Urbanization and Demographic changes", at the Aussen Wirtschaft Conference in Vienna, Austria.
Dr. Agyepong stressed that Private sector engagement in development processes should be at the heart of every development agenda. “The private sector is the driver of sustainable and inclusive economic growth, job creation and poverty reduction.
Integrated waste management solutions provider, Zoomlion Ghana Limited and its subsidiary companies providing sustainable solutions in waste management join other international companies to showcase its smart waste management technologies at one of the largest trade fair for water, refuse and recycling held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Zoomlion’s integrated waste management approach which was lauded by stakeholders at the event as a successful model saw the company exhibit its smart technologies for faecal treatment, recycling of plastics, waste material recovery, organic waste for compost production, engineered landfill management, medical waste treatment, temporal waste holding centers among other innovative solutions being deployed to manage waste. Patrons at the fair who trooped in the stands of Zoomlion and its subsidiaries interacted with the team to learn and share ideas on how the company uses simple and modern technologies to solve waste management challenges.
At a forum organized at the event for top performing waste managers to share ideas with the world, Mrs Lola Asiseh Ashitey who represented Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong and spoke as a panelist on “Integrated Waste Management Systems” outlined how an efficient integrated waste management system which focuses on recycling can turn economies around using waste as a resource.
She said Zoomlion’s massive drive for recycling waste into organic compost and plastic products was informed after a study conducted by the company and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) indicated that organic waste and plastics constituted about 61% and 14% respectively of Ghana’s waste generation composition.
“The company realizing the prospects in organic compost and plastics recycling constructed the Accra Compost and Recycling Plant which is an integrated waste management system for producing organic compost for agriculture use and recycling of plastic products such as waste bins and bin liners”, She pointed out
Anja Schwetje of the German Environment Agency who also spoke as a panelist shared the experiences of Germany in establishing an effective integrated waste management system which focuses on recycling and waste recovery with a national campaign for zero tolerance for the use of landfilling as a means of waste disposal.
IFAT is an annual exhibition platform which brings together and inspire solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers to share knowledge and experiences that relates to the proven and innovative environmental technologies in the water and waste sectors.
Africa’s Waste Management Giant, Zoomlion Ghana Limited represented the continent at the 2019 WasteExpo Conference held in Las Vegas.
Globally, the Waste Management industry continues to evolve in the areas of Medical & Infectious Waste, Odor Control, Organics Recycling, Plastic Recycling, Recycling Systems, Refuse Trucks, Waste management Equipment among others. Being an industry leader offering an integrated solution to Africa’s Waste challenges, Zoomlion could not be left out of the opportunity to be exposed to significant innovations and industry standards that will go a long way to impact the future of waste management in Ghana and in the Continent.
Representing the African continent at the Waste Expo in Las Vegas, Zoomlion added its voice to the globally accepted concept of Value Addition to waste through the use of sustainable (Socio-Economic) and environmentally friendly technologies
Being the only African Company Exhibiting, Zoomlion Ghana Limited presented its expanding portfolio of leading in the Waste Management industry in Ghana and Africa. Exhibiting this year at booth #5026, the company’s’ representatives were constantly available at the booth for additional inquiries and in-booth presentations throughout the event. Zoomlion Ghana limited showcased the strides it is making in the industry in Ghana and on the continent to the amazement of the rest of the world.
About the WasteExpo 2019 Conference
WasteExpo, is one of the world’s largest solid waste, recycling and organics industry event, which brings together multiple segments of the industry under one roof. This year’s waste Expo took place in Las Vegas from, May 6th – 9th 2019 at the Lasvegas Convention Centre.
Over 600 exhibitors and over 14,000 participants attended the WasteExpo with players from the private sector, small, medium or large public sector waste management companies, manufacturers, suppliers and all key stake holders in the industry globally together under one roof.
WasteExpo 2019 had a lot in store for attendees to expand their industry knowledge, including a plethora of new and exciting education sessions, forums and events with the opportunity to make new connections, explore new technologies, and forge new alliances.
Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Africas Waste Management giant had hit yet another milestone in its operation. The first-of-its-kind Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRECOP) has been commissioned in Accra as part of efforts to sustainably manage waste generated in the city.
The facility, also known as the Accra Waste Recovery Park and located on the Korle-Bu road, has an 80% waste recovery rate and a capacity to handle 400 tonnes of solid waste on a sixteen (16) hour shift.
The IRECOP will also serve as research and training center for educational institutions.
In a statement read on behalf of the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Minister for Business Development, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, said the facility had come at an opportune time considering the overburdened landfill sites in the region.
As leaders in the industry, our wealth of experience has revealed that Waste disposal in Ghana is gradually shifting from dump sites and engineered landfills to value additions through the use of sustainable (socio-economic and environmentally friendly) technologies.
Apart from the environmental benefits, the Plants also have enormous economic benefits in terms of employment generation and provision of raw materials to feed industry. The support of Government is relevant to ensuring that operations become highly successful.
The targeted coverage areas include Mamprobi, Chorkor, Laterbiokorshie, Kantamanto, Agbogbloshie (Old Fadama), James Town, Ussher fort, Graphic Road, Korle Bu, Korle Gono, Ashiedu Keteke which all fall within 5 kilometers radius of the integrated recycling and compost plant. The estimated population within the 5 kilometer radius of the facility is 1,094,994 (AMA, 2019).
Total estimated waste generated by this population using a per capita generation per day for Accra as stated in Miezah et al. (2015) is approximately 809.4 tons a day. This will enable the facility to run its planned two production lines daily at maximum capacity.
It has been observed that, motorized tricycles users prioritize quicker discharge turnaround time over the long distance traveled to discharge waste. Since the facility is located at the heart of town, it will increase its patronage by waste collectors within the 5000 meters radius of the facility.
In pursuit of the partnership arrangement between the public sector and the private waste management operators, we at Zoomlion Ghana Limited, with our strong working philosophy that waste management is more than refuse collection and disposal but more of value addition and material recovery, intend to establish the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRCoP) in all the sixteen (16) regions of Ghana, using state-of-the-art technology.
Addressing the solid waste management challenges in the cities and towns in Ghana is a collective endeavor. The Recycling and Compost Plants will contribute immensely to addressing these challenges at the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The Jospong Group of Companies, which operates on the working philosophy that waste management is more than refuse collection and disposal, has planned to establish these plants in all the sixteen (16) regions of Ghana, using state-of-the-art technology, the Integrated Recycling and Compost Plant (IRCoP)
In an effort to accelerate economic development in Africa as a means of improving the Lives of people, the Jospong Group of Companies represented Ghana at the just ended 14th CII-EXIM BANK CONCLAVE on India-Africa Project Partnership held in New Delhi - India.
This year’s Conference, brought together over 500 delegates including 33 Ministers and heads of governments of 41 African countries. The past 13 editions have emerged as the pioneer event for Indian and African governments as well as industry to meet and explore new avenues of partnerships.
The Jospong Group, Gold Sponsors of the Event, were the only Private African Company in their category to be invited and continued to project itself as a company of choice for fostering development through partnerships and Ghana as the destination of choice for investment in Africa.
The Group engaged in concrete engagements in key strategic areas with Indian counterparts and other Delegates from other sister African Countries that are engaged in fostering development on the continent.
Ghana’s Vice President, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia addressed the Inaugural Session of the Conclave as Guest of Honor, where he encouraged Ghanaian businesses to create more opportunities to better the lives of citizens in India and Africa.
The Vice President outlined the game changing strategies being implemented by the Government of Ghana to stabilise the Ghanaian economy.
Some Ministers of State, Members of Parliament, Businesses from Ghana, officials from the GIPC, the AGI and various Chambers of Commerce were part of the Delegation that represented Ghana.
The first Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)- EXIM Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership was held in the year 2005. The initiative was launched by the Confederation in partnership with EXIM Bank of India and with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.
Over the last twelve editions, it has emerged as the pioneer event in building partnerships and enhancing the economic engagement between the two regions.
This strengthening of the relationship between Africa and India and the increase in the interest of India in Africa could also be attributed to the fact that Africa is at a critical juncture in its development process and India could play major role in Africa’s growth story.
The Jospong Group’s contribution to the development process was well acknowledged and appreciated by delegates at the conference.