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Power of the purse
The Power Of The Purse

The purchasing power of women is on the increase in Africa. Women are responsible for a significant percentage of buying decisions and the economic power of women as consumers and…

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CORONA-METER Update: June 8th – Facts on Africa

It is expected that recorded infections in Africa will reach the 200k mark soon. Questions surrounding the spread of the highly contagious novel Coronavirus continue to abound and there seem…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 8

COULD WIGS AND SYNTHETIC HAIR EXTENSIONS BE SAFE HAVENS FOR THIS CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS? JUDGE FOR YOURSELF BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG On 17 March 2020 it was reported that…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – Part 7B

PART 7b: SA UNKNOWINGLY WELCOMED THE CORONAVIRUS MUCH EARLIER THAT WE THINK BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG Peer-reviewed research publications from among others UCL’s Genetics Institute, are increasingly supporting the hypothesis…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 7A

PART 7a: CORONAVIRUS MAY HAVE BEEN WITH US MUCH EARLIER THAN WE THINK BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG Peer-reviewed research publications from among others UCL’s Genetics Institute, are increasingly supporting the…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 6

PART 6: CORONA-METER WEEKLY UPDATE. JUDGE FOR YOURSELF BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVE: As at May 2, globally, (a) the three million (3 481 382) total recorded Coronavirus (SAR-COV-2) infection…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 5

PART 5: THE TRUE FACTS AFTER EIGHTY DAYS. THE PATTERNS ARE BECOMING CLEAR. JUDGE FOR YOURSELF BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG WORLDWIDE PERSPECTIVE: As at April 27, globally, (a) the approximately three…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 4

PART 4: FUTURE SAR-COV-2 AND ASSOCIATED COVID-19 MODELS ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS THE DATA THAT GOES INTO THEM BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG Without a doubt forecasting and scenario planning are…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 3

PART 3: SAR-COV-2 CONTAINMENT RULES STILL RELEVANT – SELF DISCIPLINE NEEDED BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG The President and Government’s recent decision to lift the partial lockdown is a very bold and…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 2

PART 2: SUMMARY OF THE FACTS (21st APRIL 2020) BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG The death rate in Ghana as a percentage of known infections has dropped to 0.86%. In South…

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“SAR-COV-2” THE CUNNING AND ELUSIVE CORONAVIRUS THAT GAVE THE WORLD A WAKE UP CALL – PART 1

PART 1: HIGH RECOVERY RATE MAY PROVIDE OPTIMISM IN THE MIDST OF WIDESPREAD FEAR AND DESPAIR BY PROF DOUGLAS BOATENG COVID-19 or Coronavirus (i.e. SAR-COV-2) are the words on the…

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World’s first Supply Chain Compendium launched in Accra

Chairman of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) Prof. Douglas Boateng has launched the second edition of the world’s first compendium on Supply Chain Management (SCM) in Accra. The second edition…

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Ghana Chamber of Commerce inaugurates Council, Central Executive Committee

The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) have inaugurated its council and central executive committee as part of moves to strengthen the chamber’s participation in private sector development. Prior…

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GPHA and GMA to Enhance Supply Chain Management

Mr Michael Luguje, the Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), has said a national supply chain management skills development and awareness campaign is needed in to…

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GPHA, GMA boost local participation in $3 trillion ocean supply chain economy

Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Michael Luguje, has disclosed that a national supply chain management skills development and awareness campaign is needed in order to…

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GPHA, GMA gives supply chain management skills developmental boost

Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Michael Luguje, has disclosed that a national supply chain management skills development and awareness campaign is needed in order to…

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Green sector to expand through supply chain management

Harnessing the power of supply chain management is key to boosting sustainable energy development in Ghana. This is according to Dr Ofori Boateng, CEO of Strategic Power Solutions (SPS) who…

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Ghana loses over GHC 5.7 billion to fake and counterfeit goods

Ghana has been urged to enact a law to purposely deal with counterfeit goods in the country. Ghana is said to lose over GHC 5.7 billion to fake and counterfeit…

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An economically powerful Africa is possible through strategic industrial sourcing and changing consumer buying behaviours.

Economic empowerment is about long-term wealth creation and not about short-term materialistic entitlement.

Do your homework to appreciate what you have before going into negotiations.

Do not bargain with your supply chain resources for short-term price gains. Rather negotiate with these assets for long-term wealth creation benefits.

Our ancestors selflessly strived to build a better future for us. Therefore we are duty bound to at least try to better what was started for the next generation.

Supply chain management decisions made today have a direct impact on you, your organisation, local industries and the future of the African child.

What you chose to buy based on price has an impact on a country’s long-term industrial development.

For Africa to truly industrialise the definition of local must shift from national to regional and continental boundaries.

Do not always blame the government for your woes. Sometimes also critically look at yourself in the mirror and ask what role you have played in creating the woes.

Without a common understanding of supply chain management and its implications, the entire continent will continue to struggle to economically emancipate itself.

I am who I am today because of what someone sacrificed for me.

Made in Ghana or South Africa or Kenya still creates artificial boundaries. We must rather promote Made in Africa.

Some people use money to make a difference. Others use knowledge and experience to effect long-term positive change.

Our destiny is in our own hands.

Long-term economic growth, company, industry and national competitiveness are achieved through supply chain management thinking.

The long-term success of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is dependent on the region embracing supply chain management thinking.

Buying behaviours and industrialisation are inextricably linked.

Accepting hard truths and realities can change individual attitudes and society as a whole.

As a business leader when you think South African your market is just under 60 million people. However when you think African your market is just under 1 billion people.

Throwing money at poverty related issues may yield short-term benefits but may make matters worse.

Limited understanding of supply chain management is a reason for the de-industralisation of the continent.

Beware of the ides of aid.

What I am doing is not for me but for the African child. I was once an African child.

Long-term socio-economic transformation starts with you.

By just sitting back and hoping for change you are denying your own self and the African child a better socio-economic future.

Trusting one another is one of the keys to long-term socio-economic freedom.

As a consumer, do not just buy; rather strategically procure to support local and regional value-adding supply chains.

Africans may be surrounded by poverty but the continent is certainly not poor.

You know and understand your problem. You are the only one that can solve it.

We are constantly told to think outside the box. The big question is…who gave you that box that is being used as a reference point?

Africa as individual nations is economically insignificant. Africa as one economic block is already an economic giant.

Supply chain management thinking and the continent’s long-term industralisation are inextricably linked.

There is a supply chain associated with every product or service. You just need to have a strategy and plan to develop and manage it.

The journey of life is not necessarily about how you started. Rather it is how you finished.

You have to be able to logistically move whatever you produce timeously, otherwise there is no need to produce it.

The Africa Beyond Aid agenda starts with you.

Cheapest price does not always equate to the best value for money for business and/or society

I can only be happy when I see the youth and children around me also happy.

Any country in Africa that through the governing party believes they can economically go it alone is leading its people down the wrong path.

Mindset change is the greatest challenge facing Africa’s economic emancipation drive.

Supply chain management is simply about having a win-win shared vision in a value chain.

In addition to exporting raw materials and human capital, Africa is increasingly exporting hard currency to support the continent’s insatiable desire for goods made outside of the continent.

Accepting hard truths and realities can change individual attitudes and society as a whole.

To build wealth that transcends generations you need to think beyond yourself.

I may not have money to give you but I certainly have knowledge and experience to help you change your attitude towards long-term wealth creation.

There is no such thing as free money or aid.

As a continent we have to have a common supply chain and industralisation plan. Otherwise our so-called developmental partners will determine it for us but to benefit them.

Negotiating and bargaining are two different concepts.

Economic empowerment is about trust and value-add and not colour-add.

Understanding your supply chain gives you the competitive edge.

Human beings by nature are risk averse and will not take chances with people they do not know and trust.

Having self-respect, knowledge and purpose helps in navigating the complex journey of life.

De-industrialisation is mainly caused by consuming what you do not produce.

The mere fact that I may not live to see my dream does not mean I should abandon my dreams for the African child.

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