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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises in the Northern Region have called on the government to consider establishing an industrial hub in Northern Ghana to support the growth and development of local manufacturers in the area.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises say the number of small scale producers have increased over the years with many of them doing well.

They say that the industrial hub would have served as a central point to house all small scale enterprises in the area, thereby ensuring coordination of their activities.

The manufacturers believe this would have opened up such businesses to investors and make them accessible to their customers as they would have a central location.

The small scale manufacturers made the call at the end of a week’s boot camp in Tamale, for selected small scale businesses in Northern Ghana last Friday.

The bootcamp was organized by Kosmos Innovation Center (KIC), a CSIR of Cosmos Energy, a leading deep-water exploration and production company focused on meeting the world’s growing demand for energy.

The business booster module was expected to strengthen existing Agric- Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), improve their investor readiness and expose them to potential funding for the development of their agri-businesses.

Nii Takyi- Otoo, the Programs Manager at Kosmos Innovation Center told Justicefmonline that his outfit will liaise with the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the region to understand their plans towards the realization of industrial hubs not only in the Tamale Metropolis but across other districts.

“So where as needed, we’ll come in and provide the needed support because at Kosmos Innovation Center, we don’t do that direct capital expenditure. Speaking on the need for organizing the bootcamp, Nii Takyi-Otoo said KIC believes that when entrepreneurs are given the needed support “they can grow their business and also create jobs and wealth”.

He said the center will continue to support businesses because it will go a long way to reduce poverty in the country.

Dr Naazia Ibrahim, a business owner and participant commended KIC for organizing the bootcamp, saying that the training has introduced her to new techniques that will help boost her business.

She called for financial support for businesses like her, to ensure they are able to grow their businesses and employ more people.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus | Justicefmonline | Tamale



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