The Eastern Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Darfour, has said the government will continue to support Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country die to the r important role in building the economy.
He revealed that the government has made available GHS1billion to support small businesses in this period of the COVID-19, an action that demonstrate the government’s commitment towards ensuring a buoyant economy.
Mr Darfuor was speaking when the Association of Ghana Industries, (AGI) was launching an E-Commerce portal for Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Eastern, Volta and Oti Regions, to enhance trade among its members, the general public and the international community.
He spoke on the theme, ‘Accelerating the growth of MSMEs in the Eastern, Volta and Oti through an enhanced E-Commerce platform’, and further lauded the leadership of AGI for the initiative and called on members to patronize the platform.
“It is worth mentioning that the government under the able leadership of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, recognizing the role of MSMEs has made available an amount of GHS 1 billion as stimulus package for businesses. It is interesting enough to know that this package was also processed through a portal underscoring yet the importance of E-Commerce”.
“This is coming at a time when we are preparing our businesses for the African Continental Free Trade Area, and so it is imperative to take full advantage, and I wish to encourage more people in the regions to come on board in order to position our businesses for the smooth take-off of this agreement. I wish to pledge my full support to the project and urge enterprises to register on this platform in order to realize its full benefits, and I wish to also appeal to AGI to make the platform more convenient and friendly for users,” he said.
The platform, according to AGI, was borne out of an initial idea to prepare members of the Association for the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, which was scheduled to have come into force on July 1, 2020, but has been postponed due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.
The electronic platform, which is aimed at facilitating trade and making business more attractive and competitive in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, has a special covid store where Personal Protective Equipment, produced in the regions will be marketed and sold locally and internationally.
The Regional Chairman of AGI, Mr. Dela Gadzanku, said “We created this platform to make businesses more competitive and put them ahead of their game to take advantage and make the best out of it. As the government’s agenda indicates, the business of Ghana is business, and AGI remains deeply committed to completing the unfinished business of this country and we do this along with the enterprises and businesses for whose interests we stand,” he said.
He also stated that, ” The collaboration between the regional AGI and Logic Go started at the latter part of 2018 to build an electronic platform or online store for our members to sell and purchase both finished goods and raw materials locally and internationally”.