market-womanMr Spencer Francis Taylor, Acting Executive Director of Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM), has called on Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs), to harness and transform investment opportunities into concrete projects to help reduce poverty.

He said the region has comparative advantage in the areas of tourism, agriculture and the oil industry.

Mr Taylor made the call in Cape Coast at the end of a three-day capacity building workshop for SMEs in the region on the theme: “Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises Development through Networking with Business Development Service Institutions.”

The workshop organised by the Enterprise Development Unit (EDU) of CEDECOM, was attended by 25 SMEs including members of the Forum for Small Scale Business Association (FOSSBA).

It was aimed at helping the SMEs to grow and enhance their competitiveness, equip them with management skills and competencies and enhancing the capacity of entrepreneurs.

It also exposed the participants to basic financial management skills.

Mr Taylor said it s the mandate of the commission to play an advocacy role to enhance private sector development and build  and strengthen their capacity  to enable them compete in the global market.

He noted that with the current global trend it is important for SMEs to enter into   public-private partnership in order to facilitate development and growth.

Mr Gabriel Fiatui Head of EDU asked operators of small businesses to form cooperatives to attract donor support.

He said plans are advanced to organise nine of such workshops at Twifo-Praso District, Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality and Mfantseman Municipality.

Mr Fiatui said the participants would be trained on pricing, business plan, management skills, costing and book keeping.

He said 250 business owners, managers and service providers as well as skills training institutions in the region, have been targeted.

Mr Lord-Lucas Vodzi, Lead   Consultant of WOEF Consultancy LTD, underscored the important role of the private sector in the socio-economic development of the nation.

He called on the participants to network to sustain the growth of their businesses.

Reverend Asante Bordon, President of FOSSBA and course prefect commended CEDECOM for the programme and said it would go a long way to enhance their businesses and service delivery.

Source: GNA

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