Africa Security Watch Names Dr.Kotei Dzani Most Outstanding Finance /SME Entrepreneur In West Africa.

The President of Groupe Ideal, Dr.Nii Kotei Dzani has been adjudged the Most Outstanding Finance /SME Entrepreneur in West Africa at the 13th Security Watch Africa Awards which took place in South Africa.

The decision to confer such a prestigious award on Dr. Dzani was from an extensive assessment of his personal and certified commitment to financial security, entrepreneurship and equity in the financial sector in Ghana.

The consideration for the award according to the judgement board concluded that Groupe Ideal as a company is committed to high principle of security and safety of their operations since inception .This we found very exemplary in West Africa, said the secretary to the awards Simon Udie.

The secretary emphasized that this coupled with Dr.Kotei Dzani being the lead for 13 companies which serve millions of customers and employ over thousand staff is a great motivation not only to the people of his country but Africa at large.

He noted the aforementioned are in line with Security Watch’s vision to drive an international platform to celebrate Africa’s best governance, leadership, security and finance. It is also aimed at creating a credible forum for networking and sharing ideas by experts.

Commenting on the award, Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani said financial security in its broader sense embraces the strength and stability of financial institutions, prudential regulation, competitive financial markets, employment opportunities, savings culture and retirement incomes.

“I am therefore elated about this award. It always feels great to be recognized and awarded for your contribution within a sector and for your input to the growth of an organization. I dedicate this award to the entire Groupe Ideal team for the massive support over the years .Hard work, passion, team work has made this possible. It’s simply a reflection of hard work paying off, nonetheless one that challenges me to do more in my sector ”Dr Dzani remarked.”

“It has been a great year for Groupe Ideal in Ghana – a year in which we grew from adding a subsidiary to the other as industry players. A year in which we have won multiple awards for our innovations and hard work as a group’’ he added.

Dr.Dzani is noted for transforming institutions to a prolific ones with his entrepreneurial vision through his tried and tested corporate advisory services.

Groupe Ideal is a registered business group that manages a diverse portfolio of businesses primarily in Ghana with a long-term vision of becoming a world class company. It operates in the areas of investment banking, business finance, Trade, Asset Management, Mining and Offshore Consultancy services, media, and security services.

The finance based institutions within the Groupe support businesses and individuals with tailor made products and services.

The awards, conference and exhibition night was indeed a memorable one as a lot of institutions and personalities swept prestigious awards for their outstanding contributions in their sectors.

Some key persons who won award on the night included the president of the republic of Nigeria, Buhari.

Previous Ghanaian awardees also include President John Mahama, Kofi Amoabeng of UT holdings, UMB, Manet estate, Ghana Airports Company Ltd – The most Security & Safety Conscious Airport – West Africa (2011) held in the Gambia, Lt Gen Joseph Smith, and former Minister of defence. - Golden star Award for Distinguished Leadership in West Africa, Hon. Cletus Avoka, Majority LeaderThe Parliament of Ghana - Golden Star Award for Distinguished Service in West Africa 2012, Ghana Community Network Services Ltd, (GCNET) - Best Security Conscious Company in Ghana. 2012, GLICO Group Ltd - Best Security Conscious Insurance Company. 2012, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO UT BANK/UT GROUP - Golden Star Award in The Financial Sector  2012, Multimedia Group Ltd - The most Vibrant media Institution in Ghana. 2012, Mr Samuel Amo Tobbin, Chairman Tobbinco Group, Golden Star Award for Distinguished community Service. 2012

Vodafone Ghana Ltd - Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2012,Ghana Navy – The most Developmental Conscious navy in West Africa (2013)South Africa, SIC- LIFE - MOST SECURITY CONSCIOUS LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY – WEST AFRICA (2014) Held in Dubia, United Arab Emirate,UNIVERSAL MERCHANT BANK - MOST INNOVATIVE & SECURITY CONSCIOUS FINANCIAL INSTITUTION- GHANA (2014) held in Dubia, United Arab Emirate,Brig. General (RTD) Joseph Nunno-Mensah - Golden Star Award for Exemplary National Service in West Africa. (2015) Held in the United States of America among others.

Security Watch Africa Awards was initiated and inaugurated in 2004, with the aim to recognize, appreciate, encourage and celebrate individuals, governments, agencies, brands and companies who have excelled in security administration, practice and governance in Africa.

The mission is to bridge the gap of information that exists between security providers and security users, and between government and the governed. The world acclaimed event is expected to bring together some heads of African Governments, some heads of African Parliaments/National Assemblies, Representative of Foreign Embassies serving in various African countries, captains of industries and banks, the award recipients as well Africa Media Executives.