26 MSMEs undergo business training, coaching loop in Wa

 The Market Oriented Agricul­ture Programme (MOAP-NW) under the Ghana Agricultural Pro­gramme (EU-GAP) has graduated 26 Micro, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (MSMEs) business owners after successful completion of a 10 months business training and coaching loop in Wa in the Upper West Region.

• Mr Pieter Smidt Van Gelder (fourth from left) with beneficiaries after the training
• Mr Pieter Smidt Van Gelder (fourth from left) with beneficiaries after the training

The training was supported by the MOAP-NW and aimed at ensuring that owners of MSMEs were equipped with business entre­preneurial, coaching and skills to access financial services to develop their businesses for sustainability.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Deputy Head of Mission, Europe­an Union Delegation to Ghana Mr Pieter Smidt Van Gelder said the

 graduation ceremony was a remark­able milestone to beneficiaries who had been equipped with essential business entrepreneurial skills and the knowledge to access financial services.

“As we celebrate your graduation today we look forward to hearing about your business expansion in future; your success stories will serve as an inspiration to oth­ers, paving the way for a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region,” he said.

He said their perseverance and the skills they had acquired would contribute to the prosperity of not only their businesses but also the local community within which they existed.

He said the activity was one of the key indicators of the project which aimed at ensuring that the capacity of private sector providers was enhanced for the implementa­tion of inclusive business models.

Mr Gelder explained that the training was designed to help entrepreneurs who run small and medium sized business expand their skills and also enable them to increase the competitiveness of their businesses, create jobs and improve the income of their employees.

The aim of the training, he indi­cated was also to enhance entrepre­neurial competencies of business owners of existing MSME to increase employment and income opportunities for poor people in rural and peri-urban areas.

Ms Portia Gban who spoke on behalf of the graduands expressed her appreciation to the organisers of the training and their partners for such gesture and was hopeful that such trainings would be organ­ised frequently to help businesses rise to the top.

She said although they were run­ning businesses, most of them had no idea how to go by it but after going through the training, their businesses had seen tremendous improvement.

Each participant was given a cer­tificate for a successful completion of the ten months training.



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