The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, kicked off its 3rd consecutive 3-day Conference on Business and Development, themed, ‘Business in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, on the premises of its Main Campus.
Delivering his remarks, the Chairperson for the occasion and Pro Vice-Chancellor in charge of the University of Ghana’s (UG) Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), Prof. John Gyapong, highlighted the relevance of the theme especially in light of the recent thrust for sustainable development goals.
Prof. John Gyapong, the Pro Vice-Chancellor-Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID), UG
Academia, he said, has a critical role to play in the post-2015 development agenda by producing relevant research as well as monitoring the performance of key indicators of development through their research.
Stressing that intellectuals ought to gain from their research, Prof. Gyapong urged the country to invest in research and outlined the ORID’s role in producing relevant research to impact the achievement of development goals, a priority on UG’s agenda.
The Dean of UGBS, Prof. Joshua Yindenaba Abor, iterated the School’s commitment to research and emphasised the Conference which, he said, was ‘designed to support the achievement of national development goals by initiating discourse and subsequently producing policy-relevant research on national development-related issues’.
Underscoring the role of businesses in driving economies and positively transforming livelihoods, Prof. Abor stated the need for governments to create favourable environments to enable the direction of private capital to transform and sustain development, and for businesses to make conscious efforts to be guided by strong codes of social accountability.
He finally urged business schools to focus on finding solutions through quality research and robust curricula to lend theoretical support to businesses.
Presenting the keynote address, Mr. Prosper Nyarko, the National Education Programme Officer, UNESCO, lauded UGBS’s initiative and stressed the role of quality education in effectively eradicating poverty-the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4.
The Goal, aimed at life-long learning, he said, introduces a number of paradigm shifts which includes the Knowledge Economy which emphasises learning instead of teaching and training.
Mr. Prosper Nyarko is the National Education Programme Officer, UNESCO
Concerning the role of businesses in the post-2015 development agenda, Mr. Nyarko said businesses could support the educational sector through their corporate social responsibility portfolios and sound environmental practices.
Also present at the opening ceremony were faculty and staff of UGBS, Conference participants, and media personnel.
A cross-section of participants at the opening ceremony
Beginning on August 6, 2015, the Conference will run concurrently with the second edition of The Pitch, a forum to facilitate the discussion and identification of best practices for enterprise development in Ghana on the theme, ‘SME Development-Barriers to Growth’.
The Dean and Mr. Nyarko in a pose with a selection of UGBS faculty
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