Show Concrete Results - Haruna Iddrisu

Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister for Trade and Industry, has asked the managers of the Rural Enterprises Project (REP) to show concrete results in terms of people they are able to directly support. He said Ghanaians would want to know those who through the project, had established and were operating their own businesses in the beneficiary rural communities. Mr Iddrisu made the comments when he addressed the opening of a stakeholders’ validation workshop on the REP monitoring and evaluation framework in Kumasi. The workshop was meant to update the participants on the REP framework to be used for the information and communication needs of all stakeholders of the project. The REP is government’s initiative to encourage and promote the growth of small and medium scale enterprises in rural communities to fight poverty and improve the living conditions of the people. It is jointly funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the African Development Bank. Mr Iddrisu said REP was a tool to aid people to develop knowledge and skills that would make them self-employed by establishing their own businesses and trade. The setting up of the Rural Technology Facilities as part of the project was also to equip the beneficiaries with the appropriate technical tools and skills, he added. The Trade and Industry Minister urged the managers to support the government on its drive to create employment for the people. Mr Iddrisu announced that his Ministry is acting in concert with its information counterpart and would soon roll out comprehensive promotional activities on the use of made in Ghana goods to back the President’s efforts at encouraging the use of local products. He appealed to the people to change their attitude and accept locally-made products to help reduce imports, especially on food. Mr Atta Antwi, National Director of REP, said the project had been successful and helped changed lives in the beneficiary communities.