The British Foreign Secretary, Mr Boris Johnson, has met with Mr Kwabena Danso, the Chief Executive Officer of Booomers International, manufactures of bamboo bicycles, to see how the United Kingdom’s support system is helping to improve their businesses.
The meeting was part of Mr Johnson’s two-day visit to the country to interact with President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo on matters relating to bilateral trade, security and happenings in West Africa.
It was also to meet with leading Ghanaian firms and entrepreneurs that had benefitted from the UK Government support under its Enhancing Growth in New Enterprises (ENGINE) project being implemented by TechnoServe.
Kwabena Danso, the Founder of Booomers International who manufactures bamboo bicycles and loud speakers, said the support of £3,000 seed money and business development services provided for by UK’s ENGINE Project had helped increase his production from 100 units a year to about 300.
“We keep on increasing, and quality has been improving,” he said in a news release copied to the Ghana News Agency on Monday.
“Boris Johnson, a well renowned biking enthusiast, took the opportunity to test ride our bamboo bicycle for the first time, and expressed his profound affection for Booomers International and its Chief Executive Officer for this unique and environmentally friendly product,” it said.
Present at the meeting with the Ghanaian entrepreneurs and businesses were the Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan Kyeremanten, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin, among other dignitaries.
Mr Danso, a 2010 Global Fellow of International Youth Foundation, and a recipient of the 2012 Airtel Touching Lives award in Ghana, is committed to improving the quality of life of the people living in rural Ghana by improving educational and economic opportunities.
Apart from the bamboo bicycles and accessories, he also manufactures bicycle stands and baskets in the Ashanti Region.
The company exists to help improve transportation and youth employment, mitigate climate change issues as well as alleviate poverty, especially in rural communities.
It is a subsidiary of The Yonso Project, a rural community development based organisation, which works to improve educational and economic opportunities in rural Ghana and has received various recognition on internationally reputed media such as CNN and BBC.