The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) have set their sights on promoting micro small and medium enterprises (msmes) managed by women in a bid to develop them into global brands, the company’s CEO, Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, has said.
Already, NBSSI and Mastercard Foundation have entered into a GH¢78 million three-year partnership to increase employment opportunities for young people in the Ghana.
Others brands including WIDU GIZ, Access Bank, JICA, and Food and Drugs Authority have all partnered the NBSSI with the aim of growing indigenous businesses.
Speaking at an SME Business Clinic and Health Screening for over 400 women Entrepreneurs at Makola in Accra to mark the International Women’s Day, the CEO indicated the rationale for the event.
“Today, we decided to come to the market and bring it to where business really began. We are here with them today to engage them, to show them the importance of mobilization, how do they grow their business, how do they ensure that they use the right tools and in doing all that how do they ensure that their health is also good?
So, we have a health clinic, SME clinic –we go into the market provide them with support and ensure that they have access to markets and finance, good standards, good operating procedures to support them, because that is the economic foundation.
“These are the ones to become the micro small and medium enterprises–so we are helping them especially those in the agric business sector of things to support them and bring them the needed knowledge so they can grow.”
According to Mrs. Yankey-Ayeh, in the next couple of weeks “we will be announcing lots of partnerships that will be coming on board”.
The essence and support of the partnership is to see how best support can be given to those in the msme sector. Where it was not accessible, we will make it accessible so that it is not a regulator, policeman coming to say you have not done your work, but how best do we help you and in doing all that the underlying factor is how do we grow the business, how do we set-up global business, she noted.
On taking advantage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), she maintained that, there is the plan to ensure that all stakeholders are ready for it, especially women businesses.
Among some of the major activities the NBSSI is looking to embark on is the setting up of shops to showcase Made in Ghana products.
“We will be actually setting up shops with the businesses to showcase Made in Ghana products and we will also look at how to get people to go into the shops and buy some of the products. So it is not just manufacturing, but how do you get it to the end-user.
The Deputy Greater Accra Regional Minister, Elizabeth Sackey, urged women to be industrious and strive for excellence in their businesses.
She maintained that it is the only way they can grow their businesses and compete at the highest level. The occasion was used to celebrate Ghanaian women entrepreneurs.
By Eugene Davis