The Municipal Chief Executive of New Juaben North, Mrs. Comfort Asante, has said the private sector plays a critical role in the socio-economic development of every country.
She said the private sector engaged the majority of the working population, which reduces the pressure on governments to find jobs for all labour force.
To that extent, she said the government would help the entrepreneurs in the country to expand their businesses to absorb the growing working class to reduce the stress on the government’s wage bills.
She added that this would free resources and also enable the government to concentrate on infrastructure development.
Mrs. Asante, who was addressing participants at a day training workshop on business development and entrepreneurship in Koforidua in the Eastern Region, organised by the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), said the growth of the private sector would ensure the development of the state.
She, therefore, urged participants of the programme to work hard to ensure the success of their enterprises and assured them of the support of the government to grow their businesses.
She added that the government has earmarked funds for the development of start-ups and expansion of the already existing ones and called on Ghanaians to take advantage of this initiative to grow their business.
In address, the Representative of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Programme (NEIP), Mr. Joseph Kwame Adjei told participants that the government intended to reduce the importation of poultry products by 50 percent.
He said that would reduce the competition in local poultry farmers face, and poultry farmers to increase their production to fill the demand gap that would be created by the government policy.
The workshop, which forms part of the government’s initiative to strengthen the private sector and enhance income-generating activities of the people, aimed at imparting knowledge and equipping start-up entrepreneurs with the requisite skills to expand their businesses.
Elizabeth Ansaah, ISD