Accra , Jan 18, GNA – Unilever Ghana will soon inaugurate a one million euro Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation plant which operates on gas to facilitate cleaner production.
Mr David Mureithi, Managing Director of Unilever West Africa announced this at the company’s Annual Dinner with key stakeholders in Accra. He acknowledged the company’s key business partners and contacts whose varied contributions facilitated good business activities last year.
Mr Mureithi said because 2011 was the first year of the creation of Unilever West Africa headed by Unilever Ghana, the company was faced with the challenge of a smooth take-off.
He pointed out that the global economic crises had their toll on Ghana and, consequently, Ghanaian industry including Unilever.
“The sharp rise in commodity cost affected our production cost significantly; notwithstanding, Unilever Ghana once again lived up to its reputation as a resilient business and continued to deliver high quality products,” he added.
Mr Mureithi announced that by the third quarter of last year, the company had achieved a turnover of GHc180 million representing a growth of 38 per cent over the same period in 2010. It was therefore aligned to its ambition to double the size of business by 2015.
He said internally Unilever had redesigned their offices to make them more eco-friendly and conducive for the “work-life-balance” of their employees, including the annual recruitment of fresh graduates from the universities under its future leaders and graduate recruitment programme where the graduates were trained and developed for future leadership positions.
Mr Mureithi said this year, management had increased the intake of post university national service personnel from 15 to 50 across their core functions signifying that their national key distributorship system had enabled them to to deploy them across the country.
“Our development programme will give them the exposure to real life business operations management and equip them to be ready for the job market afterwards, or to start their own businesses. It is our way of supporting capacity building, skills enhancement and development of high quality African talent for the job market in Ghana,” he said.
Ms Hannah Tetteh, Minister of Trade and Industry, said cross-border trade would work to the satisfaction of all when companies and institutions committed themselves to the various ECOWAS Trade Protocols.
She said as businesses thrived only in an atmosphere of peace and stability, all must work to ensure Election 2012 was conducted in an atmosphere devoid of unnecessary tensions.