The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Overseas Commerce Ghana Limited, Mr Boaz Amiel has called on Ghanaians to take an active role in enhancing their surroundings if Ghana is to make any headway in its quest to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The visible excited leader of Ghana’s foremost container terminal and Modern bonded cold storage warehousing company intimated, ‘’we cannot hope to achieve the SDG goals if we don’t put in the work. Goals 3, 6 13 and 15 of the SDGs are practically impossible if we do not change the way we approach cleaning the environment around us. Government has its role, but the work starts with us, the citizens,’’
According to him, ‘’it is only a healthy workforce that can transform this country to what it should be. If the environment is not clean, people will fall sick, productivity will be negatively impacted, and jobs will be lost. We cannot develop Ghana if that situation persists.’’
Mr Amiel was speaking at a cleanup exercise organized by Overseas Commerce Ghana Limited in conjunction with the Dzatabu Residents Association (Community 3).
He said ‘’as a company, we believer that collaborations are crucial for the advancement of communities. This community has accommodated our business for a little over 2 years and although this is not the first social intervention reached out to the community, it is only befitting that we engage them collaboratively by ‘’supporting community development through partnership’’ as the theme communicates.’’
Dubbed ‘overseas cares’, Overseas Commerce Ghana Limited, as part of the exercise signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the community to undertake major projects fully funded by Overseas Commerce Ghana Limited which will be rolled out beginning from the first quarter of 2019.
‘’We do this because there is a bigger purpose for which we are all here. We believe we can do a little at a time, cause change, and hopefully contribute meaningfully to the betterment of everyone around us,’’ Mr Amiel added.
About the Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goals and target by 2030.
Overseas Commerce is a recognized company established in Israel in 1967 by maritime transportation company ‘’Zim’’ for the purpose of completing port services in response to periods of strikes at Israel ports. In December 2016, the company became public upon completion of an offer to sell shares to the public by the existing shareholders.
Today, the major shareholder of Overseas Commerce is ‘’Emilia Development’’, a strong group of companies that was founded in 1952.
The Group holds about 20 private and public companies in the fields if industry, services, distribution and logistics.
Since its inception, the Group maintains a strong financial base, with significant capital raising capability.
Overseas’ activity focuses on one branch with different sub-activities: management and operation of customs and customs terminals under the Customs Law, Bonded warehouses under customs supervision, Free warehouses and Provision of comprehensive logistics.
The activities are carried out at the company’s facilities covering an area of 500 thousand square meters at three sites in Israel. In addition to its local operations, the company is expanding its operations outside of Israel, while recently operating in Ghana, Africa that provides fertile ground for companies such as Overseas.
Overseas Commerce Ghana Limited provides comprehensive services from sea to shelf tailored to customer requirements, which include all elements of logistics chain.
Services by the company include Full/Empty container handling/storage, container clearing. Container repair and container stuffing for export.
The rest are Reefer storage, PTI/Repairs for refers, warehousing, container logistics, container weighing and bulk storage.
The company recently opened a Modern Bonded Cold Store Warehouse, which provides the food and beverage industry first class cold storage solutions.
The core competencies of the company lie in the areas of security and refrigerated warehousing; with mindful knowledge of high-quality, sensitive and temperature-dependent frozen food management.
Their clients include Masco Foods (KFC), Obokun Logistics, South Coast Ghana Limited, DeFeutcha Trading, Carmensita Ghana Limited, Red Tulip, GRA, Marique Trading, Pioneer Food Company and African Star Fisheries.