The inauguration of the Association of Small Scale Industry (ASSI) has taken place in Tema with a call on government to create an enabling environment for small-scale business to grow.
The President of the association, Alhaji Saeed Moomeen, who made the call, also lamented that even though government has announced the scraping of some taxes among others, members of the association were yet to see any changes in their working environments.
He also said issues such as unnecessary wasting of time and bureaucracy in registering and renewing their business entities and banks which demand collaterals before giving them loans impacted negatively on the growth of small scale businesses.
However, Alhaji Moomeen noted that the private sector was ready to support government to create jobs and implement its policies such as the One-District One-Factory, (IDIF).
“Members of the association are ready to partner government on the delivery of the IDIF policy and we also thank the ministry of trade and industry for assuring us of the association’s inclusion in the project,” he revealed.
He also appealed to district assemblies to allocate office space for the association, as that would make revenue collection from its members very easier.
Tema Metropolitan Chairperson of ASSI, Mrs Nicholina Dodoo, encouraged business owners to join the association to reap its benefits, which included technical and managerial workshops and access to loans.
Mrs Dodoo also tasked members to rebrand themselves to attract more clients, which would eventually lead to the expansion of their businesses.
The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Annan-La, also charged members to use the inauguration to observe new market trends and follow suit.
He assured them of the assembly’s commitment to support and provide the association with the needed logistics to eradicate unemployment.
Story: From Na-Illatu IDDRISU-SIKA, TEMA
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