Ghana Wins Africa Think Tank Shark Tank Competition In South Africa

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

/ by Quame Zane

The Institute for Liberty & Policy Innovation (ILAPI- Ghana), a Ghanaian based free market and policy Think Tank emerged the winner of the 2017 Think Tank Shark Tank – Africa Competition held in Johannesburg in South Africa recently.
The Think Tank, represented by its Executive Director, Peter Bismark Kwofie, got the recognition for its pitch on a project dubbed "the National Undergraduate Debate and Essay Competitions," and was presented with an amount of $5,000 project funding as award, including a certificate at the regional Africa Liberty Forum.
The Africa Liberty Forum brings together friends of the freedom movement across Africa to discuss challenges facing the region and to learn from one another how to most effectively advance economic freedom reforms.
There were distinguished speakers including, Dr. Tom palmer, Brad Lips CEO of Atlas Network, Tim Modise, Franklyn Cudjoe and Bright Simons of IMANI, Eustace Davie, Chris Becker of Investec, Temba Nolutshungu and Peter Bismark Kwofie himself.

At the international ceremony held to award the Policy Think Tank, the Atlas Network, the organisers of the African competition, indicated that ILAPI-Ghana won the day with its touching idea of defusing the misguided mindset of the youth in Ghana and Africa as a whole on job creation.
According to them, the words by ILAPI-Ghana that “Too many students in Ghana have a misguided role of government. They think government’s role is to create jobs, but we know that isn’t the case, So these debate and essay competitions will help them learn, for the first time in many cases, the basic principles of freedom and classical liberalism as a fulcrum to creating prosperity for a free society,” earned the Think Tank the grand award.
The runners up were Michael Howe-Ely, chief marketing officer of the Ineng in South Africa and Jasson Urbach, director of the Free Market Foundation South Africa.
Open only to graduates of Atlas Network’s training program, Atlas Leadership Academy, three contestants are usually chosen for each Regional Think Tank Shark Tank Competition, in which they pitch 5 minutes of their innovative project before a panel of local philanthropists and the regional network of free-market think tanks for the chance to win $5,000 in project funding.
Emerging winner of the Africa region, ILAPI-Ghana will have the opportunity to take part in the grand ceremony to be held in New York, United States of America in November this year.

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