An advocacy workshop for the Traditional Caterers Association in the East Mamprusi District has ended with a call for stronger partnership between the association and the district assembly for rapid development of the local economy.
The workshop, facilitated by Mr Moses Tampuri, a service provider, and funded by the BUSAC Fund, was attended by 30 participants who were taken through the findings of a research on public-private partnership.
The research was conducted to ascertain the effects of the non-involvement of the association and other business groups in the fixing of fees by the assembly.
It was aimed at sensitizing members of the association to have a clearer understanding of issues so that they could advocate more effectively with duty-bearers.
The association, with membership of 30, engages in the sale of food and drinks which contributes to reduction in unemployment as well as improving the revenue base of the assembly.
Mr Tampuri said the lack of consultation by the assembly when it came to fixing of fees to be paid by businesses was one of the challenges facing the association and urged the assembly to improve its consultation during fee-fixing to sustain their businesses.
Mr Tampuri said in view of the important role the traditional caterers played in the district, there was the urgent need for the East Mamprusi District Assembly to see them as partners and collaborate with them for their mutual benefits.
He called on the assembly to give them the necessary protection and support.
Mr Tampuri urged policy makers, especially the assembly members, to create the needed business environment for economic activities to thrive.