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General News of Monday, 30 August 2021

Source: GNA

Dogbegah chairs ACGN Chairs' Forum

Rockson Dogbegah, President of the Institute of Directors Rockson Dogbegah, President of the Institute of Directors

Mr Rockson Dogbegah, the President of the Institute of Directors (IOD) Ghana, has been unanimously elected as the Chairman of the African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN) Chairs' Forum.

Dr Mike Eric Juru, President of the Institute of Directors, Zimbabwe (IoDZ), was also elected as Vice Chairman, Victoria Silutongwe, a past President of the Institute of Directors Zambia, as Secretary.

This was in a press statement made available to the Ghana News Agency on Sunday.

The statement said the new leadership was given a two-year mandate to realign the ACGN governance structure, grow the Network, create synergies, and enhance its impact at the Pan African level.

It noted that the growing trend of intra and inter-continental business transactions as triggered by the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and the increase in the flow of Development in Financial Institutions (DFIs) in Africa was giving rise to the importance of Corporate Governance on the continent.

It is, therefore, "imperative to develop initiatives that guide the formulation of Africa-specific guidelines to corporate governance that champion the business dynamics of the continent and capitulate with global standards."

The statement noted that corporate governance was a universal language cutting across borders and continents and that ACGN was formulating a standard continental Code of Corporate Governance to incorporate Sector-Specific Codes.

It said in accordance with the International Monetary Fund, Africa would host seven of the top 10 fastest-growing economies in the world in the next five years, adding, "With the current focus on growth and development in Africa, good corporate governance and capacity building in this area is crucial."

ACGN was founded in 2013 to provide policymakers and market participants with an important forum to exchange experiences and best practices to address ongoing corporate governance challenges in Africa.

It has 19 members and nine affiliate members from 19 African countries, representing over 20,500 senior executives and directors across the continent.

The Network has the support of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation to develop the institutional capacity of ACGN members for enhancing effective corporate governance practices towards building private and public sector organizations and corporate citizens in Africa.

Institute of Directors Ghana is a non-political, non-profit organization in Ghana that believes in Corporate Governance as a prerequisite for a vibrant economy.

Rockson Dogbegah is the President of the Institute and the Chairman of Berock Group of Companies.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Ghana, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Administrators and Management Consultants, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB) the UK; Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS), UK; Fellow of the Ghana Institute of Construction (FGIOC); Chartered Member of the Society for the Environment.

Mr Dogbegah is a Chartered Environmentalist, Chartered Construction Manager, a Strategist, an Entrepreneur, and Corporate Governance Practitioner.

He has over 30 years of Executive Managerial Level Experience in diverse fields and is a "Thought Leader" in Organizational Development, Coaching and Mentoring, Entrepreneurial Development, Policy Development, Strategy Development, and Corporate Governance Expertise and Construction Management.

Mr Dogbegah has served on over thirty boards and committees in his professional life and has over thirty excellence awards in various disciplines.

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