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NBSSI reiterates commitment to promote women empowerment

By Iddi Yire, GNA

Accra, March 16, GNA
– The National Board for Small Scale Industry (NBSSI) has lined up a number of
interventions to support businesses of which about 60 per cent were run by
women entrepreneurs.

Madam Kosi Yankey,
the Executive Director of NBSSI, said these interventions covered access to
finance, access to technical support, access to business development services
or capacity development support; or any need they might have for their
businesses.

She said some people
might want to start a business but have no idea as to where to go, or some
might have started the business and did not have access to finance; and so the
NBSSI facilitates it for them.

Madam Yankey said
this during a panel discussion at a Policy Forum in Accra.

The Policy Forum was
organised by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Ghana in partnership
with the British Council.

The Forum, held under
the theme: “Women’s Empowerment through Social Enterprise: The Role of
Government, Civil Society and the Private Sector”, registered stakeholders from
academia, policy makers, women social entrepreneurs, development partners and
the private sector.

Its objectives was to
create a platform to discuss the current constraints faced by women social
entrepreneurs across the country specifically focusing on accessing finance,
training and accessing markets.

Madam Yankey said
what its Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Policy seeks to achieve was
to actually have a plan to support the micro small and medium enterprises as
well as entrepreneurs in the country.

She said it is
important for people to plan; stating that “the yet- to-be unveiled policy
is actually a plan and a direction of how to bring sanity into the
sector”.

“What are the needed
support, being supporting local economic development, supporting access and
finance, what is the roadmap to achieve that?”

The Executive
Director said a lot of businesses did not have their books right and their
governance structures were not in place, therefore, they needed to build strong
structures, which then would lead to people bringing in funds to support them.

Mrs Angela Asante,
Presidential Advisor on Gender and Development, said women have always been the
drivers of social change.

She said that in
advanced countries all of their political, social and economic movement had
been remits by women, as such, in Ghana women should speak with a collective
voice; saying women must come together to set their targets.

Mrs Asante said in
various countries where women were supported to produce and be productive; the support
might be in diverse ways and the social and economic outcomes were there to be
seen.

She said another
point was the whole idea of how we increase women political participation,
which was extremely important; adding that “if you are not part of the decision-making
table it would be a challenge to ensure policies are actually implemented”.

The Ghana Women in
Social Enterprise Month is an initiative of GEN Ghana which aims to promote
women in social enterprise to generate social good through sustainable business
opportunities while fostering economic inclusion for women.

GEN Ghana aims to
host a series of events in the month of March 2019 to put a spotlight on Women
in Social Enterprise, while commemorating the International Women’s Month of
Celebrations.

The Project seeks to
expose opportunities and inspire women in social enterprise to realize their
potential to start and grow their own business; and equip existing and aspiring
female social entrepreneurs with practical tools, insights, experts, and resources
to accelerate their successes.

It connects female
entrepreneurs with good broad community, and thriving, diverse and relevant
networks; as well as engage and provide a platform for the social enterprise
ecosystem- examining research, public policies and successful approaches
towards promoting women social entrepreneurship in Ghana.

GNA

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