The Kumasi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) has launched entrepreneurial skills training for students in tertiary institutions as part of the drive to roll back the growing graduate unemployment.
Mr. Stephen Acheampong, acting Vice Chairman of the Chamber, said the goal was to aid them to set up their own businesses and hire other people after completion of their academic programmes.
They are taught how to draw up business plans, attract credit, the conduct of market survey, to share business ideas for linkages, proper bookkeeping and best business practices.
Speaking at one of such training sessions for students of the Baptist University in Kumasi, he encouraged them to be bold to venture into business. They needed to become more innovative.
He added that they could start operating from the kitchen, garages and stalls. They did not need any huge start-up capital.
Mr. Acheampong underlined the critical role of the private sector and said it was the driving force behind the economic growth of every country.
He gave the assurance that the Chamber, which had been providing voice for businesses and protecting their interests would stand with those, who established their own businesses.
It would do everything to aid their growth through training to enable them to uphold ethical practices in commerce.
He used the occasion to invite all business operators to register as members of the Chamber to enjoy both national and international flow of trade in goods and services.
Ms. Jacqueline Bondzie, the Executive Secretary, advised students to work hard to develop their innate talents to create jobs and wealth for themselves and others.