There was a three year training program that offers business skills and training as well as provides benefits to the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The program is known as the Business Linkage Programme (BLP) which is funded by African Development Bank (AfDB).
it is expected that at the end of the program almost 120 Ghanaian Small and Medium Enterprises will be supported to raise their standards, access finance, build capacity as well as access the supply chain by supplying the international companies.
The main focus of Invest in Africa (IIA) is to provide greater access to finance, markets and skills and making easier for international companies to work in Ghana.
Its aim is to facilitate sustainable local partnership.
Sam Brandful , IIA’s Country Manager Speaking at the launch of the BLP in Accra said that BLP and APP complement each other as high growth SMEs validated on the APP can be selected for the BLP.
BLP graduates will be able to show their newly acquired skills on APP by applying tender posted on APP and attending new businesses as well as procurement forums especially available for members of APP.
Other benefit of BLP is that the successful graduates of SMEs will share their business experience and knowledge with other SMEs on APP through “business growth hub” which is a library of practice guides for SMEs and APP websites.
According to the African Development Bank the SMEs contributed 85 % of manufacturing employment.
Therefore creating such supportive systems like BLP and APP where the SMEs can increase its standard, learn skills and access finance could have a notable impact on profits and economic growth.
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