A team of students, together with a lecturer, from the University of East London (UEL) have visited UGBS with the aim of examining the feasibility of establishing a dairy company in Ghana and West Africa.
Hosted by UGBS, the team also sought to put their training to practical test as well as nurture diverse skills and gain international experience.
The students’ trip to UGBS forms part of UEL’s global school programme sponsored by its Noon Centre for Equality and Diversity which encourages students to work with others from other universities and learn and exchange knowledge with local students and experts to gain project development skills amongst others.
Leading various aspects of the project, the team outlined their feasibility criteria, some of which included culture and tradition as well as economy and society, provided an overview of Ghana’s present dairy industry including its shortfalls and identified strategies for improvement.
The team also explored other nuances of the project such as competitive strategies, value chain analysis as well as the financial and legal considerations.
A team member during a presentation
In their statement of feasibility, the team identified a growing economy and the openness of Ghana’s legal framework as pros for establishing a dairy company in Ghana but cited lack of infrastructure and an unstable electricity supply as cons. They concluded that for a company seeking to establish a dairy company in Ghana, partnerships with NGOs, as well as collaborations with other individual stakeholders have to be formed.
Present at the programme were members of faculty with Dr. Kobby Mensah, Coordinator of the Marketing and Communications Unit, who presented an in depth introduction of UGBS, covering such areas as affiliations, alumni, infrastructure and UGBS success stories. Dr. Godfred Bokpin, Head of Finance Department, was also on hand to present a compelling albeit brief analysis of the economy of Ghana and business prospects.
Dr. Mensah presents an in depth introduction of UGBS
Representing the Dean, the Coordinator of UGBS’s International Relations Office and Head of Operations Management and Information Systems Department, Dr. John Effah, urged the team to reassess their mindset of Africa and Ghana; eschewing negative portrayals through their positive experiences.
The programme, which emphasised the transfer of knowledge, was highly interactive and mainly driven by faculties’ and participants’ insightful contributions and constructive critiques of the team’s project as well as discussions on ethical dilemmas likely to be encountered.
A- cross-section of the team at the session
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