SMEs taught the importance of packaging

The Institute of Packaging Ghana, has held a workshop to sensitize owners of Small and Medium Enterprise on the benefit of packaging as part of its 9th anniversary celebrations.

It was also to create awareness for stakeholders in industries to know what specifications to look for as far as packaging is concerned and how to improve the quality and effectiveness of their packaging practices.

Mr Thomas Kwesi Abaidoo, President of Institute of Packing Ghana, said the institute in the last three years had produced 24 graduates under license with the Institute of Packaging South Africa.

Mr Abaidoo said the Institute was established in partnership with the World Packaging Organization and the India Institute of Packaging with support from the India government and has trained 16 people in India.

He said the institute had provided technical assistance for the establishment of similar bodies in Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.

“It has played the leading role for the formation of the Regional Packaging Group-Africa in June this year,” he added.

He said the Institute intends to expand its packaging school and training programmes with objective of building capacity of more resource persons for the dissemination of packaging information.

He expressed that hope that this would strengthen the collaboration with the International Trade Centre, the University of Ghana and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority.

Mrs Elizabeth Anane, Industrial Manufacturing and Promotion Officer of Ministry of Trade and Industry said government was committed to supporting the industry.

She said policies for the industry were well spelt out in the industrial policy and the Ministry would endeavor to implement these policies.

Source: GNA

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