THE PRESIDENT and Chairman of M&C Group Global, Mr. Michael Bartlett-Vanderpuye, has called on the various successful business personalities to be endeavoured to use their recognition tags to offer humanitarian support services to low income workers and their families including disadvantaged and vulnerable persons in the society.
"When you get recognition, it is not for you to be happy with it. But it is a stepping stone for you to do more. When you have been recognized that means there are potentials for you to also do more to help vulnerable populations in the society, because that means you have been doing something right for the people to emulate," he stated.
A 41-year-old entrepreneur who has been in business for the past fifteen (15) years made this foregoing call when he was speaking in an interview with Soireenews.com when he was crowned with Ghana Most Respected Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) 2022 award at the 5th Ghana Industry CEO Awards held on Friday November 18, 2022 at the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra.
"Let us imagine, some people may say that, l wasn't born to be an entrepreneur but you can work in public service for so many years, sixty (60) years after you go on retirement..then you started doing private consultancy, what is it, it is pure entrepreneurship you have started.
"So someone who started entrepreneurship when he was a twenty (20) years of age, and you started entrepreneurship at the age of 60 years, the person who started it at the age of 20 years has more experience than you. So it depends when you start it.
"And an entrepreneur don't looks for excuses, entrepreneur looks for good solutions in the mess of business crisis," the young business tycoon emphasized.
Mr. Bartlett-Vanderpuye pointed that it is a high time for the private successful business personalities or leaders to be endeavoured to support the central government to develop the country and not that the business leaders should rather depend on the government for support.
"And the government has to explore measures to also help the private sector business leaders by way of proving a conducive environment for them to be able to develop.
"For me it is good that we have been recognized to be awarded in the fifth edition of the Ghana Most Respected Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) 2022 awards but we are thankful to the Business Executive Media Group and its partners for the award given to me.
"And that the award given to me means that there are a lot of works ahead of me to do to support others, particularly the vulnerable persons to also grow. The more you have been recognized the more works were expected from you," Mr Bartlett-Vanderpuye stated.
He disclosed that he has employed over 60 workers who working for the company in Ghana, adding that the company has a total of 2000 workforce in the three continental countries for where it currently operating businesses.
According to Mr Bartlett-Vanderpuye, who is catholic in faith, he has capacity as a young entrepreneur to help the government of Ghana to build the affordable houses in Accra to bridge the gap of the housing deficit in the country.
According to him, they had approached the government of Ghana through Minister of Works and Housing to give them approval to build the affordable housing units for the government.
"We had even pleaded with the government of Ghana to give us the opportunity to build affordable houses project in the gold mined reclaimable areas.
"We have realized that because of the mercury and other dangerous chemicals used by the miners to mine on the lands, after the reclamations of the lands and these lands were given back to the original lands owners, it revealed that the people were not be able to use the lands for farming activities.
"But the challenges of getting these contracts from the government of Ghana to do were that sometimes when you bring these proposals to the government of Ghana, the first things the government in power would consider is your political party affiliation.
"But l think that as a license business operating person you are working to support the central government to improve the economic of the people in the country and not for any particular political party....so these are some of the big challenges that we are facing to secure the contracts to do in this country. So l like to urge the government of Ghana not politicking the awarding of contracts to the individuals based on their political party affiliation," he appealed.
According to him, this call on the government is very necessary because as for me being the young business personality "l always here as citizen of Ghana to support the country to grow irrespective of any political party in power."
Having being a young entrepreneur and in business for 15 years l have been working assiduously to take Ghana towards to the world.
Mr. Bartlett-Vanderpuye disclosed that they are operating businesses in Dubai for the past ten years, adding that he has offices in Hong Kong, China, South Africa, United States of America (USA), saying that there were plans under ways to open an ultra-modern office in Switzerland.
He pointed out that they have their own food commodity plant for which they are going to launch by the first quarter of next year in 2023 which the head office will still located in Ghana.
He added that he wants to take Ghana towards to the world, that what we have been doing for the past 15 years in business.
According to him, the company has international trade mark, saying that l have planned to work hard to create massive employments for more youths in Ghana and other countries.
He pointed out that he engaged a free of charge consultancy for anybody who wants to go into entrepreneurship.
He mentioned that they done free consultancy for people on how to start their businesses, took them the processes on how to be focused and disciplined after setting up their businesses, adding that they are gateway to the investments in Africa.
He pointed out that they never done the entrepreneurship consultancy in Ghana only but they have been doing it across board, adding that they have about six mines that they operate in Ghana.
According to Mr. Bartlett-Vanderpuye, they had pre-financed the mining projects for the mining companies, saying that most miners have secured licences to mine to mine but they don't have capacity to start the commercial mining operations.