Kate Quartey-Papafio: Ghana's leading female industrialist
“It is a man’s world, so I decided to explore and make a mark, knowing that the sky is my limit. Today, I am the only female cable manufacturer in the Economic Community of West African States and this I tell the entire world!”
Kate Quartey-Papafio is a Ghanaian trailblazer who has broken gender barriers by building a successful business in the electrical and telecommunication cables manufacturing industry, an industrial sector traditionally dominated by men.
Kate’s business is the first cable manufacturer to be run by a woman in the Economic Community of West African States. She founded Reroy Cables in 1992 to distribute high quality electrical cables and, today, the company is a major player in the production and supply of power cables, conductors, and the provision of electrical power distribution systems and strategic contract services to the electricity sector.
Reroy has expanded its manufacturing capabilities in Ghana to optimize its global business portfolio, and is exploring business ventures across the Sub-Saharan region.
Over the last two decades, Kate has led Reroy to build a brand which has become synonymous with the core values of excellence, integrity and continuous improvement. In view of the increasing complexity and shifting nature of the challenges facing many of the world’s economies, she has begun to invest in the development of specialized human resources and technology.
Kate puts her success down to a client-focused approach underpinned by responsiveness and keen attention to detail. She embraces diversity and gender balance and, over the years, as the company has grown it has split into four specialist engineering entities:
- Reroy Cables Ltd (manufacture of power cables and conductors)
- Reroy Power Ltd (manufacture, supply and installation of power distribution equipment, transformers and substations
- Reroy Metals Ltd (manufacture of aluminium wire rods)
- Reroy Energy Ltd (construction and operation of Combined Cycle Gas Turbines power and solar plants)
Nevertheless, through the collaboration of its subsidiaries, Reroy is well placed to provide exceptional value to its clients through integrating its operations and consolidating its supply chain.
And her success has not gone unnoticed. In 2016, Europe Business Assembly awarded the company the best enterprise award for being a leader of the cable manufacturing industry in Africa and, at the same event,In October 2014 she was named Marketing Woman of the Year 2013 by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) and, a few weeks later, in December, she won the entrepreneurship category at the first Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Awards. In the same year Reroy was also announced as the manufacturing company of the year at the National Marketing Awards, organized by the CIMG. Other achievements for the company include Electrical Product of the Year 2013 at the Ghana-Made Products Awards; Winner, 2013 Ernst & Young West Africa Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Africa’s most influential Women in Business and Government Awards, 2013; CEO Communications Limited, South Africa and Silver Award; Third Ghana-Africa Business Awards, 2008.
The Reroy group is now striving to harness the full potential of young people, through capacity-building and developing the educational infrastructure in the communities in which they operate.
It is the long-term ambition of Reroy to become a global leader in providing sustainable solutions in the power sector including the design, manufacture and delivery of power infrastructure and investment support /partnership in general economic infrastructure.
Kate said: “Technology has come to stay, and it behoves companies to take advantage of the opportunity to maximize its potential in improving the effectiveness of businesses.”