Club 100 Achievement Urges Rlg To Pan-African Expansion
Rlg Communications Group says its emergence at the apex of the country’s top 100 companies has placed a huge responsibility to improve quality and drive in its pan-African growth and expansion agenda in the coming years.
The Company’s Chief Executive, Roland Agambire told Journalists in Accra that the company has no choice than to scale up investments into crucial areas such as research and development, as well as the expansion of new markets on the continent.
‘We are striving to be a pan African brand. Our new position in the current rankings and the dictates of the ever-growing market require us not to compromise on quality, most importantly as we enter different countries’, he told reporters.
The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) over the weekend awarded the Rlg Communications the number one slot in its latest rankings of the top 100 businesses in Ghana at a ceremony in Accra, attended by the business and diplomatic communities, ministers of state and former President Rawlings and his wife.
The rankings are an annual assessment of companies operating in Ghana, using overall growth, profits and taxes among others.
Rlg Communications is credited as the first company to assemble mobile phones, computers and accessories for almost a decade and is said to have extended its operations to a number of countries including Kenya, the Gambia, Nigeria, Angola, Rwanda, China and Dubai.
The company is also said to have pioneered the Youth-in-ICT programme, later to be adapted by the then National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), now Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA), churning out thousands of youth who are taught computer programming, software, hardware, repairs, assembling and entrepreneurship.
‘We do not only assemble products, we also provide services such as training, security and IT supports. Our major strength has been our training capabilities which have made it possible for us to train significant number of young people using 46 and more centres dotted across the country’, he explained.
Mr Agambire dedicated the awards to Ghanaians for ‘believing in the brand, the products and the services’, but was quick to recall that ‘most of the fine brands around today started with difficulties. We are going through it, but as was done in those countries, deliberate patronage or what I call patriotism brought them this far as global brand and we can do same’.
Rlg was a major supporter of just-ended Big Brother Africa reality show on DStv, a platform the company found convenient for the promotion of its pan African agenda.
It currently has two ultra-modern assembly plants in Accra, Ghana and in The Gambia, and a third plant is almost in completion in the Nigerian state of Osun, where it runs a Youth ICT Project for the state government.
Rlg moved from No 2 on the Ghana Club 100 rankings in 2011 to its current number one place. In the previous year, the GIPC also awarded Rlg as Leader in the ICT Sector.
Goldfields, Enterprise Life Assurance Company Limited (ELAC), PBC Limited placed second, third and fourth respectively.
The GC 100 rankings are an annual initiative by the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) to honour companies that excelled in their various areas of operations in the previous fiscal year.
It was introduced in 1998 and has since become an enviable event that corporate Ghana looks up to on an annual basis.
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