By Nana Atwei Sowah
The Food and Drugs Authority, FDA has signed an MoU with the Campaign for Female in Education, CAMFED Ghana to provide women-led businesses and young entrepreneurs to facilitate the growth and success of local industries to propagate the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda by government as well as prioritize education. Addressing the media at the signing of the MoU in Accra, Chief Executive of the FDA, Delese Mimi Darko, said the MOU has come at the opportune time to support Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, MSMEs.
“Through this collaboration, the Authority would be able to partner other relevant institutions to ensure women businesses are properly trained to adhere to good manufacturing practices. Naa Atswei Sowah reports that globally, Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, MSMEs play a significant role in the development of economies with the World Bank reporting this represents about 90 percent of businesses and more than 50 percent of employment worldwide. In Ghana, MSMEs constitute about 92 percent of businesses and account for about 85 percent of manufacturing employment. Despite challenges faced in terms of financing, capacity development, SMEs remain a key driver in the industrialization agenda
It is in this vein that FDA has provided needed support through some initiatives. One of such is the Kayayei to Entrepreneurs initiative which targets Head Porters to equip them to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations.
Chief Executive of the Food and Drugs Authority, FDA, Delese Mimi Darko said the MOU signed with CAMFED GHANA, would provide training and technical support, process applications and grant market authorization to the clients of CAMFED.
“The Authority is committed to providing training in basic goods manufacturing practice procedures, labelling requirements and registration procedures to support burgeoning businesses. The signing of the memorandum will go a long way to help women and young entrepreneurs.