Ghana will promote stronger collaboration between the state and the private sector to advance the country’s aspirations under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, the government said here Wednesday.

The government is also aware of the role small enterprises could play to help realize these goals, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said in a message to the opening of a two-day SDGs fair.

“We recognize the need to place our micro, small, and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs) at the frontline of our transformational agenda,” he said.

“MSMEs must be the driving force for our economy.”

Small-scale industries and start-up businesses are critical in creating jobs and wealth, in promoting national innovation, and in human empowerment, Akufo-Addo said.

The Accra SDGs investment fair was held under the theme “Building Mutually Beneficial Partnerships”.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said “a rising generation of energetic and creative young people” could make significant contributions to African economies. Enditem

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