GNBCC's 1st Virtual Cocktail

22-05-2020

GNBCC's 1st Virtual Cocktail

Yesterday GNBCC held it’s 1st virtual cocktail for its Members with an audience of 25 Members who joined online at 17 hrs through the Zoom invite. Similar to our normal cocktails, our MC Barnabas Apom welcomed the participants and gave a special welcome to our guest speaker, Ambassador Ron Strikker, and our Board Chair Adelaide Benneh-Prempeh.

Soon after, GM Tjalling Wiarda briefed the audience on the results of the GNBCC Member Survey. Firstly, GNBCC was happy to announce that there was an approx.  40% response on both surveys. The 1st survey concentrated on our Member's opinion on existing GNBCC activities such as our Newsletter, Cocktails, and Business Breakfasts. The most useful elements of our Newsletter according to the response we received are the GNBCC announcements, the business advice articles from our Members, the economic and political articles from the press, and the announcements of the Netherlands Embassy. The most useful elements at our cocktails are the professional connections and networking, the expected people visiting the cocktail, and the socializing as well as the presentations of the GNBCC and the sponsor. The 2nd survey was directed towards ideas and plans for the future. Respondents could indicate by rating which ideas they liked the most. In the top 3 were collaborations with other Chambers, the introduction of Members in our Newsletter, and an annual Member activity. The Members will be sent separately an overview of all results at a later date.

After this exhibit, our Ambassador spoke and explained about the history of the lockdown, the closing of the consular section – with the closing of the Ghana borders and airspace no travel is possible and also the Schengen area in Europe is closed. He also announced that the Embassy is closed for the public but functioning and reachable online and by phone. The ambassador wanted to know the (economic) consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic here in Ghana for the companies who were present and their opinions about the handling and measures taken by the Ghana government.

Based on the overall reactions, it became clear that the speed of how the government handled issues has improved, especially concerning some of the logistics processes; although challenges remain such as timely feedback of test results. The economic impact of Covid-19 has been severe, such as for airlines of which most are currently operating on 5% of their capacity. The expectation is that a return to 95% capacity will take at least 2 years. It will depend on the Ghana government and what happens in Europe, UK, and the US when passenger flights can resume. For instance KLM resumes cargo flights this month by 2 flights/week starting Sunday the 24th of May.

All in all, it was a very informative and interesting 1st virtual cocktail with some of our members who are currently in the Netherlands attending. I hereby thank all participants.

To be continued !!

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