President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday congratulated Ms. Valentina Mintah, Founder and Former Chief Executive of West Blue Consulting on her appointment as a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Executive Board.
The President assured Ms Mintah of the government’s full support.
Ms. Valentina Mintah’s appointment makes her the first black female to be elected to the ICC Executive Board in the organisation’s hundred years of existence.
ICC is the world’s largest business organisation representing 45 million companies and one billion employees from all sectors and company sizes in over 130 countries.
President Akufo-Addo in his congratulatory letter lauded Ms. Mintah’s achievement, promising her of the government’s support and urging her not to hesitate to contact any agency of the state for any assistance, she may require.
Portions of the message read: “I write to congratulate you warmly, on behalf of the Government of the people of Ghana, and my behalf, on this outstanding achievement. It is a tribute to black women the world over, particularly to Ghanaians and African women.
“I am glad to note that your mandate for this role will be to use ICT platform to drive the promotion of trade between Ghana and international economies, further cementing Ghana’s economic potential among global partners.
“This is very laudable, and you can be assured of the full support of Government to this end. Do not hesitate to contact any agency of the government for any assistance you may require. I wish you the best of luck and God’s blessings.”
The new member, Ms Mintah, joins the ICC Executive Board, responsible for developing and implementing ICC’s strategy, policy and programme of action and for overseeing the financial affairs of the world business organization.
The seven-member Executive Board was announced at the 2020 meeting of the ICC World Council and Ms. Mintah would be on the board with some of the world’s most renowned giants including Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim bin Mohammad Al-Thani from Qatar, Sebastian Escarrer from Spain, Dario Gallina from Italy, Shinta Kamdani from Indonesia, Takeshi Niinami from Japan and Jane Sun from China.
The 2020 meeting of the ICC World Council also announced that it has elected MasterCard Chief Executive, Ajay Banga, as ICC Chairman and confirmed Maria Fernanda Garza, Chief Executive of Orestia as ICC First Vice-Chair.