Ibrahim Mohammed Awal

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Ibrahim Mohammed Awal
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Awal Mohammed visits Kenya for a business talks ahead of the Kenya Trade Expo Ghana 2017.
Minister of Business Development
Assumed office
February 2017
President Nana Akuffo-Addo
Personal details
Born 1962 (age 56–57)
Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Political party New Patriotic Party
Children 4
Alma mater Ghana Institute of Journalism, University of Wales
Occupation Minister of State
Profession Journalist, Marketer

Ibrahim Mohammed Awal (born 1962)[1] is a Ghanaian journalist, marketer, entrepreneur and politician. He also served as CEO of Graphic Communications Group and Chase Petroleum. He is a member of the New Patriotic Party and has served as Minister of Business Development of Ghana since 2017.

Educational life

Ibrahim Awal attended Yendi Senior High School in the Northern Region of Ghana before proceeding to the Ghana Institute of Journalism in Accra.[2] He holds a Masters in Applied Business Research form the Swiss Business School, Switzerland, and an Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon. He obtained a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Wales, United Kingdom. As of January 2017, he was pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration at the Swiss Business School.[1][3]

Working life

After completing the school of journalism, Mohammed Awal joined the Graphic Communications Group Limited first as a reporter and later page editor.[4] He was promoted to the position of general manager for marketing after a brief stint as the advertising manager. He was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2007.[4] He resigned in 2010 to take up the position of Managing Director of Chase Petroleum — a down stream oil marketing company.[1] In 2009, he was awarded the Marketing Man of the year for his contribution towards marketing in Ghana by the Charted Institute of Marketing Ghana.[2][3][5] At the time of his appointment, Mohammed Awal was the CEO of Marble Communication Group Limited, a private publishing house in Ghana.[2][6]

Minister for Business Development

On 12 January 2017, Mohammed Awal was nominated by President Akuffo-Addo for the position of Minister for Business Development.[2][7] The ministry was a new ministry and is to formulate policies and facilitate the work of Ghana's private sector.[8][9] His appointment was hailed by the Ghana Union of Traders, the Association of Ghana Industries and the general business community in the country with most wondering why it had not been established earlier under previous governments.[8][9] He was vetted by the appointments committee of the Parliament of Ghana on 7 February 2017.[10][11] During his vetting he made known to the committee that he would help set up 20 bid companies by 2020 to reduce unemployment.[12] Under this policy his ministry would help promote the interest of business by reducing interest rates, do away with nuisance taxes and speed up the rate for business registration while protecting locally manufactured goods from unfair competition from foreign imports.[12] Another policy he announced to the committee was to ensure that more women in Ghana could own their own business.[10] He was approved by parliament and sworn in by President Akuffo-Addo on 10 February 2017.[13][14] In May 2017, he made it known that it was his ministry's plan encourage the private sector to grow the economy and triple annual gross domestic product to 200 billion cedis by 2020.[15]

Personal life

Mohammed Awal is Muslim and is married with four children.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Governance Ibrahim Awal Mohammed –Business Development". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ibrahim Awal nominated by Akufo-Addo as Minister-designate for Business Development". Graphic Communication Company. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Profile of Ibrahim Mohammed Awal – Business Dev't Minister Designate". Ghana Web. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Akufo-Addo nominates former Graphic MD Ibrahim Awal as minister". Prime News Ghana. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Bio Of Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, Minister For Business Development". PeaceFM Online. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  6. ^ "CEO of Finder to head newly created business ministry". Citifm Online. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  7. ^ "New Business Development Ministry to boost private sector". Myjoy Online. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Businesses welcome new Ministry of Business Development". Ghana Trade. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Businesses laud Nana Addo for creating Business Development Ministry". 13 January 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  10. ^ a b "We'll help more women to own businesses – Mohammed Awal". Citi FM Online. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Minister for Business Development, Ibrahim Mohammed Awal". Quick News Ghana. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b "New Biz Dev't Ministry to create 20 big companies in 4 years". Citi FM Online. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Akufo-Addo swears in final batch of Ministerial nominees". My Joy Online. 10 February 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  14. ^ "President Akufo-Addo swears-in last batch of ministers". Government of Ghana. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  15. ^ "The Minister for Business Development, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal eyes GH¢200bn GDP by 2020". Managing Ghana. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 30 July 2017.
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