Hilton John Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of Jonmoore International, a transport and project logistics company, has said the company is ready to venture into uncharted territories in the West African sub region as it marks two decades of operations.
“I have no doubt that in our quest to penetrate new markets and consolidate ourselves as the leading and preferred transport and logistics provider in the sub region and beyond, we have what it takes to surmount this challenge, to attain new heights and even to plot a course in yet uncharted territory,” he said.
Speaking at the media launch of the company’s 20th anniversary in Accra, Mr. Mitchell explained that the company has come a long way from a small start-up in Tema to a huge company doing big things from its small space.
“Jonmoore International was established in 1995as a specialized project logistics service provider. In 1998, the company was rebranded and expanded into a transport service in Ghana and the West African sub region to all industries including construction, manufacturing, food processing, brewery, oil and gas and mining.
It is a privately owned independent company with the vision to be the leader in West African sub region for transport and project logistics, road haulage and affiliated services.
Our commitment to providing world class transport and logistics services for the past 20 years is testimony to our confidence in the transport and logistics industry and its contribution to national development. Over the years, we lived our mission of exceeding expectations through our services to our satisfied clients,” Mr. Mitchell added
In terms of the highest standards, Mr. Mitchell added that the company has attained certifications such as ISO9001 for Quality Management Standards; ISO14001 for effective Environmental Management Systems (EMS); ISO18001 for Occupational Health and Safety Management and TRACE, for anti bribery standards.
“We are proud to count ourselves among the leading organizations in this country which offers quality services, contribute to national development through job creation, pay taxes and other regulatory contributions, and give back to society through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes,” he added
He further said that the milestone of this anniversary offers the company an excellent opportunity to look back as it charts the future strategic directions and maintain the ethos of continuous improvement.
“With the current global economic outlook, we cannot rest on our laurels because we have a substantial market share of clients. Rather, we must look inward and strategise how we can retain those clients we have and also attract more while continuing to exceed expectations in every aspect of our integrated package offering and expertise,” he added.
To underscore its ethos of exceeding expectations, the company has won several awards including Best Lifter in 2016 and 2017 and Project and Heavy Lift Forwarder of the Year in 207 and 2018 at the annual Ghana Oil and Gas Awards.
“In the last 20 years, we have seen it all, the highs and lows, successes and failure, crises and celebrations, but through it all, we never gave up. We remained strong and resolute as a team with go-getter attitude and strong commitment. This is what has brought us this far and this is why we are proud to celebrate this milestone,” he added.
Investment in technology and human resource
Board Chairman, Fred Oware, added that the board will continue to work with management to invest in technology and human resources because that is the only way the company can meet growing challenges of the sector and leverage the opportunities.
Mr. Oware lauded the successive governments for creating the enabling environment for businesses, especially for logistics and haulage services sub sector, to thrive. “Permit me to single out policy initiatives such as the paperless system and the Cargo Track Note (CTN) which are aimed at expanding the sector to make it more transparent and competitive.”
He explained that some of these policies have positioned Ghana as the most attractive destination for investment on the continent and in the process have attracted global giants such as Volkswagen, Siemens and Nissan, among others, to set up assembling plants to serve the needs of the entire continent.
“We at Jonmoore International are glad for such investment flows into the country and with thr wealth of experience we have gathered over the past 20 years, are encouraged to be even more strategic and innovative in order to adequately position ourselves to meet the logistics and haulage needs as well as those of others which are yet to enter the Ghanaian market,” he said.
Daniel Sackey, Managing Director of Ecobank, who are partners of Jonmoore International, lauded the company for achieving 20 years in operation and assured the of the bank’s continuous support for the institution and the sector.
“As a banking partner, Ecobank has witnessed Jonmoore’s growth, making remarkable strides to become the preferred transport and logistics service provider in Ghana and across West Africa covering the key sectors of mining, oil and gas, infrastructure, manufacturing, food processing and brewery,” he added.
Activities for the anniversary
Jonmoore began celebrating its 20th anniversary in May, with a four-day mobile dental screening and outreach programme for residents of four communities in the Volta region.
The company’s CEO noted the outreach programme was a way of giving back to society. “We will continue to work with stake holders to improve, in a sustained manner, the quality of life of local communities as well as the community in which we operate,” he said.
There will be thanksgiving programme which will begin on Friday, December 14 with Islamic prayers which will be followed by a Christian church service on Sunday, December 16. It will all be climaxed with a dinner with clients and stakeholders.
Source: B&FT Online