MAWUENA TREBARH, CEO OF GIPC
Mrs. Mawuena Trebarh has over 15 years experience with a stellar career in the corporate environment in Ghana. She has been recognized through a number of national awards for having established benchmarks for excellence in corporate affairs, investor relations management, stakeholder and reputation management in critical sectors of the economy specifically mining and telecommunications. Mawuena holds a B.Sc. in Geology & Mining from the University of Jos, Nigeria and an MBA in Strategic Planning and New Business from Bentley College's McCallum Graduate School of Business, in Massachusetts, USA.
Mawuena worked with Ashanti Goldfields Company Ltd, Ghana in varying capacities. She was their first female underground exploration geologist amidst a 10,000 strong male-workforce mine-site in the Ashanti Region. She was then invited to the Resource Evaluation Department, where she assisted in the generation of three-dimensional computer models of gold deposits in Ghana, Guinea, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso. Just prior to pursuing her Master's degree, Mawuena was Ashanti's Investor Relations Officer. In 2003 she became responsible for communications for Newmont's first mine projects in Africa in the West African nation of Ghana managing key aspects of the project with a total investment of over USD $1 billion USD.
2007 – 2012 saw Mawuena take on the role at Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) in Ghana as the Corporate Services Executive. She had oversight responsibility for corporate communications, government and regulatory relations, the MTN Ghana Foundation, legal and company secretarial duties covering all aspects of reputation management as corporate spokesperson for the company. Again the investments of MTN that she supported to generate goodwill and success of the brand are estimated at well over $USD 1 billion USD.
In late 2012, Mawuena became Founder and Chief Business Strategist of Inspire Africa Consult Ltd a business strategy-consulting firm. In February 2013 she was appointed by H.E. President John Mahama as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre reporting directly into the Office of the President.
Mrs. Trebarh has been recognized both nationally and internationally for excellence in reputation management. She is a recipient of a national award for commitment to youth development.
NOTICE – PASSPORT PROCESSING
The Ghana Embassy in France wishes to inform all Ghanaians resident in France and Portugal that due to some operational difficulties, the processing of Ghana passports has been adversely affected.
While efforts are being made to rectify the problem, the embassy wishes to inform all Ghanaians of the following:
- FRESH PASSPORT APPLICATIONS
- Prospective new/first-time applicants in urgent need to travel to Ghana may wish to consider the option of applying for a travel certificate.
- The Embassy will, with effect from 3rd may 2016, be in the position to extend the validity of all Ghanaian passports that have recently expired for one (1) year. Applicants seeking to renew their passports should, therefore, contact the Consular section of the Embassy, to pick up the appropriate form for the extension of the validity of their passports. The form may also be downloaded from this website. Click on the PDF below to download PASSPORT ENDORSEMENT REQUEST FORM.
- RENEWAL OF PASSPORTS
- Applicants will be required to complete the passport endorsement request form and submit it to the embassy with the original passport together with a photocopy of the bio-data page of the expired passport.
- Kindly note that there is no service fee charged for the extension of the validity of all expired Ghana passports.
Embassy of Ghana - Paris
4th May 2016
VISIT BY GHANAIAN DELEGATION TO THE CIRAD AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH CENTRE IN MONTPELLIER
During a visit of His Excellency John Dramani Mahama to Bordeaux France in October 2015, the President was hosted by the Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce for an investor event and luncheon where he made a public address. During the question and answer session it emerged that there was investor interest in purchasing and processing Ghanaian coffee in Ghana if it's production was augmented and reliable. The President welcomed this idea as an opportunity to increase Ghana's export revenues and add value to a primary product.
Following the visit, the Mission initiated follow up discussions with the relevant stakeholders. As a result, the Chief Executive of Ghana Cocobod, Dr. Stephen Opuni organised a visit in November 2015, to CIRAD an agricultural research centre in Montpellier, France to initiate a process aimed at enhancing and augmenting coffee production in Ghana. The day-long meetings at CIRAD were attended by Dr. Opuni, Her Excellency Mrs. Johanna Odonkor Svanikier,
Ambassador of Ghana to France, Dr. Francis Oppong, Deputy-Chief Executive of Cocobod in Charge of Agronomy and Quality Control, Dr. Gilbert Anim-Kwapong, Executive Director, Cocoa Research Institute, Ghana (CRIG), Dr. Francis Padi, Principal Research Scientist, CRIG and Dr. Atta Ofori, Principal Research Scientist, CRIG,
The group was welcomed by Dr. Petithuguenin, Deputy-Director for Research and Strategy, who gave a presentation on the work of CIRAD to the group. It was followed by a presentation by Dr. Snoeck, an expert on cocoa and coffee cropping systems in West Africa. A presentation on quality and food chain contaminants by Drs. Pallet, Boulanger and Durand then followed. There was a visit to the food-safety, quality and tasting labs after which the group were hosted for lunch by CIRAD. After lunch presentations were made on crop diseases and genomes followed by CIRAD's current projects.
CIRAD is a world-renowned centre for research in coffee and cocoa. The Centre partners with large companies like Nestlé as well as with states including Ivory Coast and Cameroon. They explained how a strategic breeding and planting programme could transform the coffee sector in Ghana into a major and lucrative contributor to exports. A breeding programme would take into account unique geographical, environmental and social policy factors e.g. whether the trees would be grown in forest areas or open sun, whether farms would be plantation style or smaller holdings and whether coffee farms would be planted side by side with cocoa farms or the farms of other crops. They highlighted the merits of the Robusta coffee variety for Ghana as opposed to Arabica. It originates in West and Central Africa; it is easy to care for and has a higher yield than Arabica. Importantly it is also less susceptible to disease.
They used the example of the development of a coffee industry in Vietnam as a negative case study of what mistakes to avoid. In that case excessive use of fertiliser to gain artificially high yields from large commercial plantations have depleted the soils. This could lead to a collapse in the Vietnamese coffee industry in the medium term and create an opportunity for countries like Ghana to enter the industry as a major player using sustainable and good cultivation practices.
The visit to CIRAD highlighted that there is a unique opportunity for Ghana to enter the coffee industry as a major producer. Our existing expertise in cocoa farming and the fact that coffee is native to West Africa were clear justifications for the great potential Ghana has for a successful coffee industry. It also highlighted the importance of a coffee breeding programme and the need to create our own unique hybrids to serve our unique requirements. Our hosts at CIRAD welcomed Ghana's interest in developing coffee as a major export product and expressed their ability and willingness to assist Ghana with their expertise in this field.