Trade Minister asked Unilever Ghana to partner gov’t

UNILEVER PIXMr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, has called on Uniliver Ghana to partner government and academia to bridge the knowledge gap and to make graduates employable.

He said the company could do this through its African Business Centre for Developing Education (ABCDE) initiative, which provides students with the requisite industry knowledge.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah according to the Ghana News Agency made the call when he paid a visit to the company to acquaint himself with their operations.

He said with over 50 years of experience in consumer goods manufacturing and trading, Unilever had built iconic brands like Key Soap, which were considered as the reference products in its categories.

Ms. Maidie Arkutu, Managing Director of Unilever Ghana, said “Unilever is on a mission to make sustainable living a commonplace.”

She said the company would continue to provide brands that meet the needs of their consumers with an increased sense of responsibility of how the brands and operations impact the communities they operate and the consumers they serve.

“While our focus is on serving our consumers, we are also mindful of the thousands of livelihoods we contribute to, through our direct and extended supply chain,” she said.

She said in the company’s vast ecosystem of suppliers, distributors and sales, they support the livelihoods of over 50,000 people in Ghana.

The tour afforded the minster an opportunity to experience at first hand, how consumer favourite brands like Lux and Lipton are manufactured, whilst offering glimpses into issues ranging from quality assurance to sustainability.

He was accompanied by senior officials from the Ministry of Trade and Industry and members of the Made-in-Ghana Committee.

Top officials of the company who conducted the minister round the facility, included the Vice President of Unilever West Africa, Mr. Luc-Olivier Marquet, Ms Maidie Arkutu, and Human Resource Director of Unilever West Africa, Mr. Stendert Krom-mendam, Head of Corporate Affairs, Mr Gabriel Opoku-Asare and Factory Manager, Mr. Joseph Amuna.

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