Isidore Kpotufe, Chief Executive Officer of West Cape

West Cape, the Company that wants to Change Africa in 2017 and beyond

Communique 001/17 | New Year Statement (West Cape)

The West Cape Strategy Group, known under the brand name “West Cape” brings together a team of young and dynamic professionals with diverse backgrounds, experience and expertise who firmly believe in Africa and its potentials. It started as Africa Web Consult in late 2015 and since then, has been reinvented in order to withstand market dynamics, with the coming into being of the West Cape Strategy Group (West Cape). We now have a diversified portfolio of services that cover internet technology and business development.

2016 was a crucial year for us as we entered the market in a “test mode” coupled with some level of uncertainty. We organized the maiden edition of the Business and Strategy Conference (BSC) now known as Business Strategy and Innovation Conference in Accra, Ghana on June 3 2016. We started the implementation of the Ghana Hotel and Tourism Program, a concept we developed to help hotel and tourism businesses in Ghana to take advantage of the benefits of technological advancements in order to expand their operations.

The experiences of the previous year have proven that we stand to benefit as a business as we continue to innovate and disrupt in order to outperform market competition.

In 2017, we plan to occupy a bigger market share through greater brand visibility, strong technology infrastructure and increased profitability.

As a strategy, we have decided to commence the implementation of our “Expansion Drive” beginning October 2017 with Togo and Benin in focus. And by the end of 2020, we would have established a strong presence in two other countries, notably Nigeria and Ivory Coast – making it 5 countries of operations in 5 years.

And finally, we have made it a marketing strategy to increase our engagement level with potential prospects through the provision of relevant research-driven articles once every fortnight via our online platform, the West Cape Journal (http://westcapestrategy.com/journal/).

2017 will witness the second edition of our Business Strategy and Innovation Conference with the strategic partnerships of Business Day (Ghana) and Financial Afrik (Morocco), two of Africa’s leading business information providers. The Conference will also receive support from the Government of Ghana and that of Togo.

AfricaLearns, our CSR initiative aimed at advancing computer literacy in rural communities

We are of the firm conviction that of all the triggers of Africa’s development, technology remains the most potent and catalytic. Based on this conviction, we have decided to dedicate parts of profits to our AfricaLearns project, our CSR initiative aimed at advancing computer literacy in rural communities in countries where we operate. Our aim is to contribute to developing vibrant tech-driven knowledge economies in Africa that support inclusive development.

The Africa Tech Policy Forum – a body of stakeholders whose functions are to research and design Africa’s next Technology Policy Proposals is scheduled to enter into full operations by May 2017.

With a Diversified Portfolio of tech-powered business Services, Team members with varied expertise, Extensive Business and Political Network, Customer-centric technologies, Innovative Market-driven solutions and a Strong Appetite for growth and Expansion, we are poised to occupy 15% of Market share in Ghana by the end of 2018. Based on these same strategies anchored on a robust business model, we project to occupy a Market share of 10% in all our 5 countries of operations combined by the end of 2020.

Thank you!

God bless Ghana; God bless Africa!

Signed:

Isidore Kpotufe

Chief Executive Officer

Technology Infrastructure

Notes 2.0: Technology is an Infrastructure, Not a Service

I have started a blog on the West Cape Strategy Group’s website called “Notes 2.0”. It is a less than 500-word article I will be publishing every Thursday on Technology and Innovations, Entrepreneurship and Business, Economy and Politics among other topics. I hope you enjoy it.


By Isidore Kpotufe / CEO of West Cape Strategy Group.

The Minister of Finance of Ghana, Hon. Seth Terkper has indicated that the Ghanaian economy in 2017 will to a very large extent be driven by the Oil and Gas sector, with the coming on board of the Tweneboa, Enyenra, Ntomme (TEN) fields which started producing oil in August, this year, together with the Sankofa Field which is expected to start production in August 2017.

Now, I cannot understand why the government would choose to ride on such a bumpy road. Ghana is not alone. Other African countries, including Nigeria heavily rely on Oil and Gas for revenue mobilisation. But global dynamics indicate strong uncertainty for oil price stability going into 2017.

Africa has offered many of the best examples of just how transformative Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) can be in terms of development over recent years, from the spectacular success of mobile banking, to smart apps now being used across the entire continent for tracking and preventing malaria, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, Cancer, to distance learning opportunities at every level of education, and to telecentres that help preserve and enrich the cultural lives of rural and remote communities.

Indeed, it is striking to note that over 90% of African governments do not see Technology as an Infrastructure, thus fail to put in place the relevant support policies.

If we invested only $25bn today in developing the BASIC (and I mean basic) Technology Infrastructure and ecosystem of 10 African countries, we would have created MILLIONS of jobs in the next 10 years and grown the economy of Sub-Sahara Africa by 10 folds. The GDP of Africa is almost equivalent to that of France.

However, unfortunately, African governments have not seen the innumerable opportunities in the ICT sector yet.

Someone has to take an action.

Join us at the Africa Tech Policy Forum:

There are no adequate policy incentives to motivate African Tech entrepreneurs to match up to the continent’s ICTs challenges. The West Cape Strategy Group together with other partners is championing the cause of a common Africa Tech Policy. Learn more here

About Isidore Kpotufe

Isidore is a self-trained idea entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of West Cape Strategy Group, an Internet Technology and Business Development Firm that’s changing how governments and private sector do business in Africa. Learn more about him

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Isidore Kpotufe at 2016 AfriLabs

How to Develop Efficient Technology Infrastructure in Africa

West Cape SG took part in the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering 

The West Cape Strategy Group (West Cape SG) took part in the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering held at the Alliance Française, Accra, Ghana from 25 to 27 October 2016. Themed “Making Tech Ecosystem count”, the 2016 Annual Gathering brought together members of AfriLabs and other stakeholders in the tech ecosystem in Africa to learn the latest tech insights, discuss policy actions and build partnerships.

AfriLabs is a pan-African network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. It was founded in 2011 to build a community around the rapidly emerging tech hubs in Africa.

West Cape SG’s CEO, Isidore Kpotufe and Project Director, Alan Akakpo represented the company. Isidore Kpotufe moderated a session on the role of governments in building efficient technology infrastructures in Africa. Members of the Panel were drawn from AfriLabs, Civil Society and Private Sector. Some questions that featured in the panel discussion included:

  1. What’s the role of Technology and Innovations in economic growth?
  1. How can Tech Hubs drive the innovations that can lead to economic growth in Africa?
  1. Should we continue to focus on Agric as the “backbone” of our economies?
  1. What is the biggest role governments can play in building or supporting existing innovation hubs as a support to start-ups and entrepreneurs?
  1. What approach would you recommend in getting African governments to buy from tech start-ups?
West Cape SG's CEO, Isidore Kpotufe (middle) moderating a panel at the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering, Alliance Française / © West Cape SG
West Cape SG’s CEO, Isidore Kpotufe (middle) moderating a panel at the 2016 AfriLabs Annual Gathering, Alliance Française / © West Cape SG

Isidore mentioned that his outfit was committed to ensuring the development of technology infrastructure in Africa through the Africa Tech Policy project (Learn more about the Project here). He mentioned that West Cape SG is working towards an improved and favorable Policy environment where African tech entrepreneurs easily thrive to meet local demand for ICT products and compete globally.

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West Cape Strategy Group 

The West Cape Strategy Group is a leading integrated service provider based in Ghana that specializes in Internet Technology, Technology Research, Business Strategy, Corporate Training and Brand Identity Management and Development.  Learn more here

AfriLabs 

AfriLabs is a pan-African network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 African countries. Learn more here

Corporate Social Responsibility

Dusk Capital Organizes personal development workshop for the youth in Ghana

Dusk Capital Limited, an investment banking and financial advisory firm and its sister organization Dusk Foundation are pleased to inform the general public of their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme centered around the youth, personal and career development.

As part of their 2016 CSR activities, the aforementioned entities will organize a workshop for young people between the ages of 18 and 25 from 9 to 10 September 2016 at the Students’ Representative Council conference hall, University of Ghana.

The workshop will be facilitated by seasoned financial experts as well as career development experts. It will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to youth development
  • Self-identity Discovery: How, When and Where?
  • Pre-interview preparations
  • How do I plan my Financial Life?
  • Saving and Investment Advice
  • Choosing the right career path
  • What awaits me after school?
  • job hunting process
  • CV writing
  • Communication among many others.

The workshop will also feature a lot of group discussions and brainstorming elements. Participants will be awarded certificates of participation after the program.

According to Isidore Kpotufe, the CEO of the West Cape Strategy Group, the company that manages Dusk Capital’s online presence and strategy, “As regularly shown by research, one of the main dominant factors of high level of poverty among adults is their inability to live a financially disciplined life in their youthful ages. This is very worrying; especially for the long term development of the country. This workshop will shed lights on critical factors that pose threats to the development of young people in Ghana and it promises to be transformative.”

Details of the workshop

Date: 9-10 September 2016

Venue: Students’ Representative Council Conference Hall, University of Ghana

Time: 9: am – 3 pm each day.

Registration: To register for the workshop, kindly visit this link.

Click here to register

This event is powered by the West Cape Strategy Group, organized by Dusk Foundation and sponsored by Dusk Capital Limited, a client of the West Cape Strategy Group.

For further information or details, contact Elorm Esi Abusah via elorm@africawebconsult.com or +233 50 261 3837.

This workshop will shed lights on critical factors that pose threats to the development of young people in Ghana and it promises to be transformative

Entities in this press

Dusk Capital Limited

Dusk Capital Limited is the next frontier Company for Investment Banking and Advisory Services in West Africa and beyond. The firm is managed by an experienced team made up of top Investment Professionals and Consultants with in-depth knowledge and experience in Securities.

Dusk Foundation

Established in 2013, Dusk Foundation is a private non-profit organisation dedicated to encouraging and supporting the development of innovative and sustainable solutions to complex global issues through education and various contributions. It is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Dusk Capital Limited

West Cape Strategy Group

The West Cape Strategy Group is a consultancy that specializes in Corporate Web and Graphic Designs, Brand Identity Management and Development, Internet Technology, Business and Strategy Services.

YPEN to Host 300 Young African Leaders in Accra

Communique 003 (YPEN / West Cape )

The Young Professional Economist’s Network (YPEN) – an independent and non-profit organization which has chapters in 11 countries across the continent is set to attract 300 young African leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals to its 2nd annual global conference.

The 2nd Economic Ideas Festival (EIF) will be held in Accra, the capital of Ghana from 17-18 November, 2016 and is set to attract participants from at least 15 African countries.

Being held for the 2nd time, EIF is helping to build the next generation of innovative thinkers to fulfill the dream of a transformed Africa. The program is structured to raise new minds to interrogate economic growth, as well as debate and discuss how it could ultimately lead to economic transformation and poverty reduction in Africa.

YPEN is established to coordinate and train young professionals across the world build a new economic paradigm which is relevant to the 21st century and beyond. The organization currently has chapters in 11 countries including in the UK, Canada and Russia.

According to Mr. Paul Frimpong, who is the founder and chairman of YPEN “In 2015, through our commitment to see a transformed Africa, we brought together over 290 young leaders to share ideas and discuss ways to promote economic growth and development on the African continent. These young professionals came from 9 different countries and regions of the world”.

“We are very optimistic and enthusiastic about the growth momentum and potential of Africa. We believe that a broader and respectful conversation is more nourishing than branded affronts hiding behind pretense —innovative and critical thinking is very urgently needed in this regard”

The 2-day conference will feature high level speakers who will speak on various topics including investing in Africa, global business, women, natural resources etc.

For Mr. Isidore Kpotufe, who is CEO of the West Cape Strategy Group, a partner of the 2nd EIF “It is indeed established that the EIF is the definitive platform for young Africans who hold the future of the continent at heart. The EIF offers superior networking opportunities to participants.”

If you are a young leader in Africa, then this is the perfect conference to attend in 2016. To attend, register at www.ypenetwork.org/eif or call Emmanuel Amoah-Darkwah, Programs Director, YPEN +233 245 683 297 / +233 243 336 819.

Source: www.theafricanreporter.com

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YPEN is established to coordinate and train young professionals across the world build a new economic paradigm which is relevant to the 21st century and beyond. The organization currently has chapters in 11 countries including in the UK, Canada and Russia.

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Isidore Kpotufe, Chief Executive Officer of West Cape

West Cape SG advises African Businesses to Embrace Technology

Chief Strategist of the Africa Web Consult (now West Cape Strategy Group), a consultancy that specializes in Web and Graphic Designs, Brand Identity, Internet Technology, Technology Research, Business and Strategy Services, Mr Isidore Kpotufe has called on African businesses to embrace the technological waves sweeping through the globe to build their identity.


By Franklin Asare-Donkoh | Today Newspaper, Ghana


According to him, the emergence of World Wide Web (WWW) has brought about huge opportunities as well as shedding light on businesses both big and small which hitherto have been operating in the dark.

Speaking in an interview with Today Newspaper, after the 2016 Business and Strategy Conference held in Accra, Mr Kpotufe opined that well developed corporate identity and visibility online helps to increase return on investment.

“Most companies in our part of the world especially Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), are not visible…which affects their growth. That is why AWC has come to help these companies to bridge the technological gap” he stated.

The Chief Strategist, however, assured the business community that his outfit is ready to provide them with total identity services both online and offline. “This will enable your audience/clients to relate with the business” he added.

Isidore Kpotufe, Group CEO and Chief Strategist

Meanwhile, AWC has launched four strategic projects, two of which are: Africa Tech Policy and All Africa Business Forum.

Mr Kpotufe explained that the Africa Tech Policy project was been introduced to help develop Africa through technology entrepreneurs whiles the All Africa Business Forum is aimed at connecting Anglophone and Francophone businesses through technology and physical forums.

A Partner of KPMG Ghana, Mrs Joyceline Coleman, who chaired the Conference also cautioned SMEs to take their customer service seriously.

According to her, many businesses in Ghana are collapsing due to poor customer relations. “Nobody will continue to do business with you when he/she is treated shabbily” she stated.

About the Africa Web Consult (AWC)

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This item first appeared in the Today Newspaper | Ghana.