SMALL AND MEDIUM SCALE ENTERPRISES ENLIGHTENED ON PROCUREMENT IN GHANA
The Ministry of State in-charge of Public Procurement in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Legal Resource Center (LRC) have hosted a two-day supplier engagement event at the Alisa Hotel dubbed ‘POSSIBILITY FORUM GHANA 2019’ to inspire entrepreneurs to realize their potentials in the area of Public Procurement.
The forum which is targeted at the local Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME’s) will focus on Women and Youth -Owned businesses.
At the event, the Minister of State in- charge of Public Procurement, Hon. Lawyer Adwoa Safo said she believes that there are a lot of opportunities out there with procurement that MSME’s can take advantage of but stated that in Ghana, it is believed procurement is a key for making a lot of savings, if done judiciously.
“In our quest to attain the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda, we need to work at improving the processes and procedures with public procurement and to allow everybody get equal opportunities to partake in the activities of government contracting because that is where chunk of the government’s budget allocation goes to.
Going forward, she also explained that seventy percent (70%) of businesses that goes on in the country are actively undertaken by the ‘SME’s’, hence the collaborations with the UNOPS and LRC’’.
The head of UNOPS, Ifeoma Esther Charles-Monwuba said that, the event is a landmark event in Ghana because procurement is one of the core mandates the UNOPS have been given by Members of States including the government of Ghana.
The UNOPS are interested as part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’S)to ensure that nobody is left behind and also see to it that SME’s in Ghana have the requisite capacity to engage in businesses to achieve the vision of the government, which is Ghana Beyond Aid.
The Deputy Minister for Industry And Trade, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah shared his take on the event as well as the ministry’s hand in the collaboration stating that, the economy of Ghana is mostly supported by SME’s, hence the government has to support them because they give life and grounding to the economy.
He stated that the Ministry of Trade and Industry is upgrading the level of authority of the National Board for Small Scale Industries in charge of the SME’s in Ghana to enable them give proper assistance to the SME’s ecosystem.
He continued that, the ministry through the Rural Enterprises Program (REP) are constructing business resource centers in all district capitals to ensure that the rural -urban migration is curbed.
According to him, the Enable Youth Program is being rolled out to help the youth, startup and entrepreneurs with capital to enroll into business anywhere. He finally urged the UNOPS to assist the Ministry of Procurement to see how a legislation can be activated to compel government agencies to look within the confines of Ghana before they look elsewhere to outsource.
The event saw the honoring of President of the Republic, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa-Akuffo Addo, the vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the former UN Secretary General Kofi Anna with portraits from the C.E.O of Getbusy Art Consult, Theophilus Sarpong for their contributions and great support towards Ghanaians.