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02-Jul-2013  
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Mr Ronald de Jong, Executive Vice President, Chief Market Leader and member of the Executive Committee of Royal Philips Electronics arrived in Accra on Sunday in connection with Philips’ annual flagship Pan-African Cape Town to Cairo Road show;...

...a journey in which Philips travels across Africa to showcase its new innovation and engage with customers, governments and media on topics relating to key challenges facing Africa today: Mother and Child Care, Women’s Healthcare, energy efficient LED and solar lighting solutions and clinical education and training.

This year marks the fourth consecutive year of the giant company’s road show with the Executive Vice-President visiting 18 cities across Africa including Accra. Mr De Jong would be using this visit to take the opportunity to also personally meet and engage with key stakeholders in Ghana.

Soon after his arrival, Mr Ronald de Jong paid a courtesy call on the chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mawuena Trebah at her office. The two discussed the investment climate in Ghana and the new business opportunities that exist in the country.
 

GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet


GIPC, Philips Bosses Meet




Phillips Royal Commits

The global electronic giant committed itself to investing in Ghana’s health and power sector.

Executive Vice President of Phillips Ronald De Jong announced this after a meeting with officials of the GIPC. Mr. De Jong indicated his confidence in the Ghanaian economy and said the political stability in the country won Ghana over other African countries Phillips has been considering to invest.

Mr. De Jong told the media after the meeting that Phillips intends to invest directly in the health sector with innovations that that best addresses challenges in maternal health, child care, breast care as well as clinical education and training. He also disclosed that as part of their investment portfolio, the company intends to replace conventional lighting system with LED technology especially for street lighting and rural areas with no access to electricity.

“We want to ensure local relevant because we do not want to be simply traders,” he added.

Ronald de Jong joined Philips in 1990. In the years to follow he has held various key management postions within the company. Among others he was responsible for setting up Philips’ German operation for professional products and systems.

From 1998 until 2004 Ronald de Jong held a number of positions in Marketing & Sales, supply and Service Operations and Supply Chain Management.

In 2004, Mr de Jong became Managing Director and Member of the Board of Philips GmbH in Hamburg with responsibility for bottom line in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

In the second quarter of 2008, Ronald de Jong took on the job as CEO Emerging Markets and became a member of the Executive Team of Philips Healthcare.

On June 1st 2012 Ronald de Jong became a member of Supervisory Board of SNV, an international not-for-profit organisation based in the Netherlands.

Earlier at a presentation on investment opportunities in Ghana, Chief Executive Officer of the GIPC, Mawuena Trebarh, said lots of incentives have been put in place for companies wishing to invest in Ghana. She told the media, the arrival of Phillips into the country is just one of several companies to come in the next few months.

Mrs. Trebarh who has been touring parts of the world wooing investors to come to Ghana said lots of investment will soon be seen in the power sector where private firms have expressed willingness to partner government to solve the current energy crisis. According to her, some companies in the real estate sector will also soon be in Ghana to invest in the sector to reduce the huge housing deficit.

Director in Charge of Investor Services at the GIPC, Augustine Otoo, on his part, said plans are almost done for an airport to be built in the Western Region specifically for the oil operations. Though he will not name the company, he is confident the development will generate employment opportunities for the youth.

In a related development, Parliament is likely to pass the Ghana Investment Promotions Bill 2013 this week after weeks of deliberations on it. The Bill when finally in force will regulate the investment climate in the country.
 
Source: Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
 
 

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