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B&FT (6th June 2022) – Access Bank champions SMEs growth through digitalisation workshops

Access Bank Ghana Plc has held training on digitalisation for SMEs in Kasoa to equip them to leverage technology for their business success and growth.

The capacity building workshop was in partnership with Development Bank Ghana and Open Labs on the theme ‘Boosting Digital Skills for Emerging Opportunities’. It was the third of its kind organised by Access Bank in the year; the first two being held in Tamale and Techiman.

In an interview with the Managing Director of Access Bank Ghana ahead of the workshop, Olumide Olatunji said Access Bank believes in the prospects of SMEs and assured of the bank’s support toward their progress and success.

“Supporting SMEs to positively impact Ghana’s economy is a mandate our bank holds dear. They are a major employer in Ghana, and when given the right support Ghana’s economy will do well,” he noted. He called on SMEs in the country to contact any of Access Bank’s branches to get support for their businesses.

Addressing the over-100 participants at the workshop, the Group Head of Retail Banking for Access Bank, Matilda Asante Asiedu, said building the capacity of SMEs is in line with Access Bank’s goal of becoming the bank of choice for SMEs in Ghana. “As important stakeholders to the sustenance of Ghana’s economy, SMEs deserve to be supported to make the necessary impact, and we are pleased to be partners of this agenda,” Matilda noted.

She shared some findings on SMEs’ contribution to Ghana’s economy. “Research reveals that Ghana’s private sector is dominated by Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) by a little over 90% of the market share. SMEs employ 60% of the labour force and add 70% to Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).”  Despite the enormous contribution SMEs make to employment and GDP, they are saddled with the critical challenge of funding, training and advisory services among others (Kumaza A. 2021, Growing the Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Ghana, Ghanaian Times).

Also speaking on Access Bank’s dedication to SMEs, Group Head of Business Banking for Access Bank Ghana, Kafui Bimpe, explained that Access Bank’s growing commitment to SMEs is to equip them in leveraging available technology to derive all benefits the digital space provides.

“Within these past two years, we have championed SMEs’ digitalisation through our capacity building sessions, access to loans for business expansion, advisory services and other tailor-made products to help your businesses. When SMEs succeed, our economy will also do well,” Kafui noted.

Facilitating the workshop, Peniel Amankwah of Open Labs took participants through effective book-keeping, tracking sales and leveraging social media for business growth. She advised participants to utilise their mobile phones in reaching the world with their businesses.

Phyllis Rose Asante, an entrepreneur in the juice processing industry at Millennium City, Kasoa, was happy about business prospects with the new information she had acquired.

She said her business will no longer be kept on the boundaries of its physical space, but will move beyond the shores of Ghana. “I am grateful to be part of this training. I have been enlightened and empowered. I didn’t know my phone was so powerful as to make my business go international. I really thank Access Bank for this opportunity,” Ms. Phyllis shared.

Access Bank remains committed to giving customers more than banking. The bank has over the years developed a deep understanding of customers’ needs, delivering excellent service and empowering them to achieve more through financial inclusion.


Source: Business & Financial Times

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