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11.03.2009 Business & Finance

AGI courts media to promote SME`s

By Ernest Best Anane, Kumasi - Ghanaian Chronicle
THE EXECUTIVE Director of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mr. Cletus J. Kobisa, has noted that small and medium size enterprises (SME's) are the backbone of every economy, for which reason SME's in Ghana should be supported. “SME's in Ghana need a supportive business environment for growth and development of the economy,” he said, and called on the media to support the campaign for industries. He noted that the world over, small companies provide employment, drive exports and form vibrant industries, noting that on the Ghanaian scene, small businesses faced constraints and that only a few thrive. Making the appeal for media support on the occasion of the Ashanti Regional Validation Workshop in Kumasi, Mr. Kobisa said the AGI had developed a fact-based Agenda 2008, to identify priorities and present a plan of action for a better business environment, and unleash the full potentials of small companies in all the regions of Ghana. The workshop was targeted at seeking practical policy recommendations for an enhanced business environment in all regions to the government, through advocacy and monitoring of activities and public-private partnership initiatives. The Executive Director reiterated that the essence of the Agenda 2008 was to support the business environment of the economy. Mr. Kobisa stressed that since SME's had helped to create job opportunities all over the regions in Ghana, and thus improved upon the economy, society and SME's were interdependent, stressing ”society owes SME's some support and vice versa for the creation of jobs.”