The maiden edition of Ghana E-Commerce Awards has been launched in Accra. It is aimed at rewarding excellence in electronic commerce (e-Commerce) business in the country.
According to the organisers, OML Africa, the programme is also geared towards awarding institutions and individuals who have distinguished themselves in e-Commerce both online retail and payments industry.
The Event Director of OML Africa, Mr Paul Asinor, in an addressing hinted that the event will coincide with the fifth anniversary celebration of the organisation in the area of organizing e-Commerce events and therefore decided to institute an award scheme designed to identify, celebrate and reward individuals and companies that have excel in introducing innovation in Ghana’s online business space.
“The Ghana e-Commerce Awards is also dedicated to honour individuals, who have achieved significant breakthrough in innovation and whose pioneering work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on the e-Commerce industry in Ghana.”
“Online shoppers should have the products delivered quickly. Online shoppers should not be victims of cybercrime. Online shoppers should be able to return damaged products by a reliable ‘Returns Policy’ offered by online retailers”. He indicated
Mr Asinor hinted that the awards night which is slated for November, 30, 2018 will precede the official launch of Ghana e-Commerce Association.
He explained that with the formation of the association, every e-Commerce site would be given patent approval by the Safe.com to ensure the safety of online shoppers.
According to him the patent would tell whether a particular site was genuine or not. He however advised shoppers to be extra careful when doing business online as there could be scammers.
On his part the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Enable Growth Africa Mr. Stephen Nana Osei Boadi who launched the awards called for the fast tracking and effective implementation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to enable e-Commerce thrive in the country.
He said by so doing, it would contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the Country, adding that goods would be delivered safely and at the convenience of those who patronised such services.
Mr Boadi assured Ghanaians that e-Commerce had come not to close down businesses but to get them running.
Mrs Anita Wiafe-Asinor, Owner of Delilah Secret, an online lingerie shop, and a member of the awards committee, appealed to the media to tell the success stories of online shopping rather than focusing on the negatives in order not to scare the public.
She noted that online shopping was an avenue for entrepreneurship for the youth without a physical store and with a little money, where they can sell locally, nationally and worldwide.
Mrs Wiafe-Asinor assured the public that none of the nominees would be able to buy their way through as the judges would strictly go by the criteria.
Winners would be selected through a 60 per cent judges’ selection and 40 per cent public vote.
Among the categories to be awarded include; best male e-Commerce, best female ecommerce entrepreneur, best online retailer of the year, best social media campaigner, best e-Commerce mobile money platform, best online food delivery platform, best online real estate site and best online taxi.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
Writer’s email: franklin.asare-donkor@todaygh.