The Government’s commitment to transforming the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to boost the nation’s economic sector is on course, Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, the Minister for Trade and Industry has stated.
He said government was poised to continue the creation of an enabling environment for doing business, thereby constructing Business Resources Centres (BRCs), as one stop enterprise support centres at the district level to provide a broad range of business development services (BDS) to potential and existing entrepreneurs and enterprises.
Established under the Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the BRCs will contribute to business establishment and strengthening to increase job and employment opportunities for the youth, improve livelihoods and strengthen the economic sector.
Mr Kyerematen said this when he accompanied President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to inaugurate a Business Resources Centre at Bechem in the Tano South Municipality of the Ahafo Region.
He mentioned that the BRCs are being established with funding from the African Development Bank and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
He explained that 67 Business Resources Centres are being established nationwide with 37 already completed and commenced operations, while the remaining 30 are under construction.
In addition to providing enterprise support services, the BRCs will also operate as financial and investment facilitation hubs and business information repositories for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
Earlier, President Akufo-Addo as part of the day-one activities of his two-day working tour of the Ahafo Region inspected on-going Astroturf project being constructed at Koforidua near Duayaw-Nkwanta, the reshaping and taring of a 3.9 kilometre Techire town roads and the 8.7 kilometre Techire-Adrobaa feeder road in the Tano North Municipality.
The Techire-Adrobaa road which connects a number of farming communities such as Baffourkrom, Akwaasua, Chiraa, Mankrang, Subriso, Sukuumu and Adrobaa to Duayaw Nkwanta, the Municipal capital started in July 2019 and is expected to be completed in February next year.
President Nana Akufo-Addo encouraged Mr Alex Boahene, the Chief Executive Officer of Messrs Alexiboam Company Limited, the construction company to speed up but ensure quality work was delivered on schedule to boost economic activities in the area.