GNCCI to Train 800 Young Entrepreneurs to Leverage AfCTFA

The Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GNCCI) has launched a project to train about 800 young entrepreneurs in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under a special training project.

The MSME Digital Skills Training Project aims to train and build capacity in digital techniques for young entrepreneurs to improve their performance in their business areas and be ready for the opportunities of the Free Trade Agreement. African Continental Exchange (AfCFTA).

As of last week, the first phase of the MSME digital skills training project has trained 92 participants, more than half of whom are women, with the rest to be carried out in subsequent phases.

It is organized in partnership with Expertise France and should help participants integrate and apply the knowledge acquired during the training to their businesses.

Project launch

At the launch of the initiative in Accra on April 29, GNCCI Chairman Clement Osei-Amoako said the training should equip young entrepreneurs with the skills to take advantage of the AfCFTA.

“Last week, the first phase of the MSME Digital Skills Training Project was held in Accra and brought together 92 participants, more than half of whom were women.

“Generally, attendees were excited about the opportunity to develop their digital skills and decided to meet the requirements to ensure business growth and resilience post-COVID-19,” he said.

Mr. Osei-Amoako also noted that: “As part of the project, the Chamber will organize similar workshops in the remaining seven cities of the country, including Cape Coast, Takoradi, Ho, Kumasi, Koforidua, Sunyani and Tamale in the coming years. . weeks,” he said.

Expressing his gratitude to Expertise France, the president said the chamber found the collaboration more compelling because technology continued to be a dominant force in driving economic growth.

He said this requires conscious efforts to strengthen their human resources with the skills required to drive digital transformation and business growth.

Financial options

A project consultant, Tsonam Cleanse Akpeloo, said the training would enable participants to understand financial options and opportunities for business growth and expansion.

He said the project targets 50% of participants as women, who would be introduced to digital transformation and coached to develop digital transformation plans for their businesses.

He said businesses were expected to understand, identify and leverage digital platforms that would allow them to assert credibility, improve visibility and process transactions.

He added that the training would enable MSMEs to take advantage of the opportunities available to participate in the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement.

Digital skills and content

The Director General (CEO) of Expertise France, Jérémie Pellet, said that the program to be implemented will result in the development of digital skills and content among MSMEs.

He said the launch of the program was timely and would yield significant results for the resilience of Ghana’s private sector as more than 800 participants were to be trained.

Pellet said participating companies could also register on digital platforms after the training, improve their online visibility, build credibility and facilitate cross-border transactions.

He said post-workshop mentoring and coaching would also be provided to ensure better ownership of the trained participants.

Mr. Pellet said the chamber was one of their partners in the implementation of the Africa-Caribbean and Pacific-European Union digital response program to the COVID-19 crisis.

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