Women in PR Ghana Summit concludes with focus on AI, Authenticity, and Ethical Practices

The eight edition of Women in PR (WiPR) Ghana Summit took place over the weekend, leaving participants with a wealth of insights on leveraging AI, the importance of authenticity, and the integration of ethical practices in the field of public relations. Key speakers emphasised the fusion of technology with human creativity, the necessity of sustainable and genuine communication, and the role of strategic thinking in effective PR.

The two-day event which was themed, “Empowering Practitioners for an AI and ESG Future”, was held virtually on 5th July and in- person at The Ghana – India Kofi- Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, Accra on July 6th, 2024.

In her opening remarks, Joyce Sackitey-Ahiadorme, President of Women in PR Ghana highlighted that the theme of the summit was carefully selected to help professionals improve their craft in areas such as networking, storytelling, sustainability, reputation building, partnerships, and activism.

Speaking on Strategic Communication, Ensuring Sustainability and Greater Impact, Esther Cobbah, Chief Executive Officer, Stratcomm Africa & President, IPR Ghana noted that effective communication should address proactive and impactful Environment Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives. She stressed that for communicators to practice strategic communication, “you need to understand the environment in which the communication is to be deployed.”

Madam Cobbah further noted that relationship building is a key part of strategic thinking, emphasising the need for practitioners to foster robust relationships as a core component of their communication strategy. “Strategic thinking is about understanding what is going on around you. Staying informed and proactive is crucial for effective communication to anticipate and respond to changes effectively.”, she added.

Addressing the essence of AI for Data Visualisation and Storytelling, Josephine Appiah-Nyamekye Sanny, Acting Director of Communication, Afrobarometer advocated for the effective use of bar graphs in comparing brand voices to competitors. She noted that for professionals to be effective with data visualisation, they will need to be artistic and skilled with data analysis.”

She further encouraged professionals to use AI-generated content as a foundation and infuse it with their unique voice and creativity. “AI helps to bring data to life, making complex information more accessible. Leverage these tools to communicate insights more effectively, but with personal engagement to maintain authenticity in communications”, she said.

Tucci Goka Ivowi, CEO and Founding Member, Ghana Commodity Exchange noted that the summit reinforces that genuine practices are crucial for building long-term trust, therefore practitioners need to promote genuine and sustainable practices to foster credibility and trust. She added that authenticity is important for sustainability and credibility, stressing on the need for practitioners to be themselves and embrace improvement.”

Remarking on ethical practices, Sandra Adu-Gyamfi, General Counsel for Fan Milk, Ghana, Benin, Togo and CiV, said integrating ethical considerations into PR strategies aligns with the growing emphasis on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals.

She called on PR professionals to “push the compliance and ethical practices in their organisations by ensuring that ethical practices are at the core of their PR strategies to support ESG objectives.

Faith Senam Ocloo, Founder, Women in PR Ghana encouraged participants to utilise the knowledge gained from the various speakers while looking forward to the 9th edition of the summit in 2025.

Other speakers included Baaba Cofie, Managing Partner, Mahogany Consult; Dr. Paulina Kuranchie, Lecturer and Communication Consultant, Adwoa Wiafe, Chief Corporate Services and Sustainability Officer, MTN Ghana, and Venan Sondo, a Sustainability professional and Co-Founder of ChAINT Afrique.

The panel discussion had experts such as Richard Ahiagble, Ag Director of Special Programs Communications and Head of Capability Enablement, Mastercard Foundation and Ethel Amoako Baffoe, Clients Manager, Avery Scott.

The 2024 summit was supported by Newmont Ghana, GCB Bank, MTN Ghana, Olam Agri, Hollard Insurance, Trade Finance, Vivo Energy Ghana, Woodin, Cowbell, Onga, The Ghana- India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT, e’april Public Relations, and CommsOfAfrica.


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