President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has commissioned the Tumu Business Resource Centre, established by the Rural Enterprises Programme, to provide one stop enterprise development support to businesses and entrepreneurs operating within the Sissala East Municipality and neighbouring districts.
So far, thirty-seven (37) Business Resource Centres (BRCs), including the one at Tumu, have been established by REP and commenced operations, with 30 additional ones at various stages of construction.
The BRCs are being financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), through the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The establishment of the BRCs follows steps taken by the Ministry of Trade and Industry to realign REP to respond to the emerging opportunities under the Government’s Indus
trial Transformation Agenda, introduced following change in Government in 2017.
The BRCs have been equipped with modern office equipment and are managed by experienced professionals. All BRCs will also be soon connected digitally through a Virtual Private Network to facilitate efficient delivery of their operations.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry has also engaged and signed Memoranda of Understanding with some key business regulatory agencies to enable them use the BRC as agency representatives to deliver their services at the district level. These include the Registrar Generals’ Department (RGD), Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Ghana Investment Promotion Centre(GIPC) and Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
The BRCs operate as functional wings of the Ghana Enterprises Agency.
In addition to supporting 1D1F companies at the district level, the BRCs provide the following services to other MSMEs: training in management and entrepreneurship; business counselling and advisory services; preparation of business plans; facilitating access to financial services and credit; and facilitating access to markets.
The President expressed his gratitude to the Chiefs and people of Tumu for the provision of land for the BRC. He urged them to offer their support to ensure that the Centre is able to provide the requisite assistance to the private sector and enhance the local economic development within the Sissala East district and the surrounding communities.