ZEN CEO advises local firms to prove worthiness in petroleum downstream sector

Paa Kwesi Asare and William Tawiah on TV3’s Time with the Captains[/caption] Managing Director of Zen Petroleum William Tawiah has called on indigenous Ghanaian companies operating in the petroleum downstream sector to work hard and make a difference in the industry. According to him, the local content policy currently being implemented, although laudable, has put a lot of pressure on local firms to deliver to the best of industry standards He was speaking as a guest on TV3‘s monthly business mentorship programmme Time with the Captains on Monday, March 25. He shared lessons in business, leadership and entrepreneurship. “It’s one thing the government saying we are going to promote local content and try to develop local businesses,” he noted. “As soon as they do that the pressure is on us to start delivering to a good standard. “If you start buying your fuel from a Ghanaian OMC like Zen or Goil or Allied and we’re not giving you the best product or price or service, you’ll start calling on the multinationals to come back,” he added. About William Tawiah Born in Saltpond in Cape Coast, William Tawiah struggled through life but the mere thought of not making it to university did not despair him. He travelled abroad to seek greener pastures and after several failed attempts returned to Ghana to start Zen Petroleum. In his first year of operations, he turned over $30 million in a market which had been dominated by multinationals. Today, he is a big player in the petroleum downstream industry, providing fuel for mining giants like Goldfields and Newmont.

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