SMEs

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in partnership with the State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO) of Switzerland is providing technical support for Ghana’s private sector to enable them create jobs and wealth for Ghanaians, a release received here late Tuesday indicated.

One of the ways it is doing this is providing technical support for Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and companies producing for export in Ghana, especially players in the cocoa, fish, fruit and wood value industry.

As part of the Trade Capacity Building (TCB) Program for Ghana the technical support aims at implement relevant quality management systems to facilitate trade – both locally and internationally across the entire value chain of the beneficiary sectors.

“The support is line with UNIDO’s mission of helping Ghana’s private sector in creating jobs and wealth by providing technical access to resources and support services through certification, inspection, accreditation, and standardization in order to boost private sector competitiveness,” UNIDO said in the release.

Speaking to representatives of 30 of the beneficiary companies here on Tuesday Victor Mills, Project Coordinator, explained that the Project financed by SECO but implemented by UNIDO will provide experts tasked with helping the companies design and implement quality management and food safety systems in accordance to the requirements of the international standards.

“Now is the turn to focus on the private sector since we have done so much with the public sector. We are not asking you to pay anything but just be committed to signing on the program and be committed to getting the desired results”, he assured the companies..

Mills said UNIDO has already trained experts who will assist selected companies till these companies get the international standards, adding; “This support to the private sector will help selected SMEs and companies to obtain food safety and management system certification funded by the TCB program.”

Under the program, beneficiary companies will be assisted to implement relevant quality management systems and marketing standards in ISO 9001, FSC Control Wood or Chain of Custody Standards, Food Safety Standards such as HACCP, ISO 22000 and IFS.

In line with its primary objective of promoting and accelerating industrial development in developing countries and the promotion of international industrial cooperation, UNIDO said it has since 2007 been implementing the TCB Program funded by (SECO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI).

The UNIDO TCB Program provides support to national quality infrastructure institutions, actors and companies in the export sector in order to improve industrialization of Ghana’s economy and promote export trade, added the release. Enditem

Source:Justice Lee Adoboe