With support from Canadian Funds for Local Initiatives (CFLI), NEWIG implemented an economic governance project dubbed “Empowering Rural SMEs in Adansi South District for Growth and Sustainability”. The project aimed to provide integrated services in the Adansi South District in Ashanti Region for SMEs and other economic actors so as to create an enabling environment among for enterprise growth and development at the grassroots level; strengthen the skills of SMEs to be able to dialogue effectively with other stakeholders on issues pertaining to private-sector development policies.
The services encompassed building the capacities of gari producers, oil extractors, rice growers and soap makers from selected communities in the district in business advocacy and lobbying skills, functional literacy and numeracy, marketing, branding and packaging. The other activities included building the capacities of local service providers on technical and management skills, major stakeholders (district assembly, banks and traditional leaders) in gender sensitivity in enterprise development; public-private dialogue between the SMEs and the stakeholders; formation of a strong local trade network to make demands from stakeholders as well as a trade show to showcase and sell their products and services.
As part of the economic governance project, a 5-day trade show was organized to facilitate trade thereby increasing the incomes of the SMEs through market expansion, increased sales and business linkages at the local level. It also helped to facilitate the building and harnessing of local knowledge and skills in marketing. The trade show was officially opened by HE. Christopher Thorney, the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana with the traditional rulers, District Assembly Members as well as the officials, Heads of Departments and other dignitaries in attendance.