SME Innovation African Partner Pool hits 1000 SME subscribers milestone

Over the past year, many local companies have received validation, and access to a wider market of buyers and suppliers on the African continent, boosting their businesses tremendously.

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The African Partner Pool has hit a milestone 1000 SME registrants after one year of activation. Ghana's cross sector online directory that create a platform for buyers and supplies to connect locally and internationally

Over the past year, many local companies have received validation, and access to a wider market of buyers and suppliers on the African continent, boosting their businesses trememdously.

Upon registration, local Small and Medium Scale Enterprises are given a profile which markets their services to international companies who can search and find them for business.

A tender’s notice board will also feature buyer’s tenders from across sectors, giving local businesses greater visibility of opportunities.

13 major buyers such as Tullow Oil, Lonrho, Ernst & Young (EY), Clyde & Co, AB & David, Ecobank, the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC), the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd (GGBL), UT Bank, General Electric (GE), Newmont and the Millennium Development Authority (MIDA) are currently registered on the portal, which has also featured tenders worth over US $37 million.

“The African Partner Pool is the core of IIA’s work in Ghana. This directory will assist local suppliers promote their businesses and increase their ability to tender more competitively.

It will also help them access training and support from Invest in Africa’s Partners and the African Development Bank to build capacity and grow their businesses,” said Invest in Africa’s Ghana Country Manager, Sam Brandful.

In line with the APP’s objective of providing training for the SME sector, the IIA is currently rolling out a business training initiative called The Business Linkage Programme (BLP) with financial support from the African Development Bank’s Funs for African Private Sector Assistance (FAPA).

Over the next three years, the BLP will provide 120 ambitious Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) with world class training and mentoring from global experts across sectors.

The BLP has been uniquely designed to support Ghanaian SMEs embed efficient management structures and technical systems to improve their competitiveness, attract finance and win new businesses

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