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CCIFG Organised a Business Security Management Conference

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry France Ghana organised a conference on Business Security Management on Thursday 9th November at the Labadi Beach Hotel.

The conference which was attended by 60 professionals from Corporate Ghana was organised with the objective of sharing advanced information to ensure maximum security of businesses.

The event begun with a presentation by Mr Duncan Williams from Saladin Security who shared some constituents of internal fraud such as false invoicing and contract manipulation. Practical solutions, control measures and how to deter recurrence were then given. He also spoke on cyber fraud which he described as a growing menace in Ghana with steady rise in incidents stating that one of the causes is lack of suitable training for staff. He advised participants to develop a proactive approach to security and conduct due diligence on staff in key positions.

The second facilitator, Mr Carl Sackey from GCNet, touched on the Single Window platform in Trading Community/logistics, the Ghana Revenue Authority, MDA’s and Security Government Agencies. An elaboration was also made on cargo and transit monitoring to revenue protection and the application of the Paperless system at the ports through: Electronic Declarations, Permits, Licenses & Exemptions Processing etc. This system ensures secured processes, improved transparency, fraud & corruption reduction among many other benefits.

The facilitator from CAP DC Ghana, Mr William Dickson, shared information on Data Centre Development and the risks linked to data management. It was explained that a data centre should create reliability, mitigate risk and provide uptime for the technology and applications. With the increase in internet penetration, unreliable power and inadequate security have become real threats. Local data centres were said to be the solution as it secures data sovereignty in the country.

Mr Selorm Branttie from MPedigree ended the sessions, giving a detailed presentation on counterfeit goods and its effect on the supply chain. Reactive and Pro-active solutions were then shared: Reactive solutions suggested were Holograms, RFID Tags and the need to constantly change packages; Proactively, participants were advised to employ modern systems such as verification of goods using cell phones. An enterprise portal is also effective and is used in certain parts of Africa.

The sessions ended with a Q&A for participants to pose questions and discuss common issues that may arise in their industries. The Conference ended with a networking cocktail for discussion to continue and interactions to be made.

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