The Ministry of Business Development (MOBD), in collaboration with the Institute for the Creation and Development Enterprise (INCYDE) of Spain, yesterday began a training programme for some selected 30 heads of enterprises and training hubs.
They are being trained to provide requisite training and skills to beneficiaries of government’s National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) programme, as part of efforts to intensify and promote entrepreneurship drive among young Ghanaian entrepreneurs.
About 20 of the participants were drawn from NEIP training hubs and institutions, and 10 others from key institutions which train entrepreneurs in the country.
They will receive training in critical business areas such as strategic management, marketing, digital marketing, and financial management.
During the five-day training programme, participants will also receive training on how to package products for the international market, look for alternative funding, tap into the international market, as well as receive knowledge and skills to support the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Ghana.
The training follows an agreement the MOBD signed last year with INCYDE to provide training opportunities to 2,000 young entrepreneurs and start-ups across the 16 regions of Ghana.
The agreement seeks to support the ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ agenda and also reinforce existing co-operation between Ghana and Spain.
This agreement also aims at transferring skills and expertise from Spain to local entrepreneurs.
Speaking at the opening of the training programme yesterday on behalf of the Minister of Business Development, Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, Chief Director at MOBD, Hafiz Adam noted that the training was to address some key challenges facing young entrepreneurs in the country.
The training, he said, seeks to address these challenges, which range from poor entrepreneurial orientation, independent skills, lack of access to funds and to further enable Ghanaian entrepreneurs compete in the global market.
He indicated that creating an entrepreneurial community only requires vision and commitment on the part of government to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurs to succeed.
Such commitment, he said, President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed through the National NEIP to promote entrepreneurial spirit and minds amongst the youth.
Giving an estimation on trainees who will benefit from this programme, he said “the focus this year is to train 10,000, but it depends on how many of these trainers will be posted at the various hubs and the period they will use”.
Chief Consultant for INCYDE, Sergio Alvarez Rodriguez said the training is to train the trainers on how to adopt methods of entrepreneurship within other jurisdictions that will go a long way to improve the entire economy of Ghana.
“Our training is different because of the method we use in training our clients,” he maintained.
Chief Executive Officer of NEIP, John Kumah, on his part, was optimistic the participants will transfer the knowledge they receive at the training to other trainees.
Source: The Finder