CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Mrs. Patricia Obo-Na chairing the launch of AGI’s Women in Business Group advocated for partnerships and collaboration of the stakeholders in the Ghanaian Business space to support Women owned SMEs to enable their growth and profitability.
Mrs. Obo-Na acknowledged that despite the huge impact women make in the development of businesses, there still lingers the noticeable traces of inequality and a situation which very evident in Ghana.
The “Women in Business Group” was set up by the Association of Ghana Industries(AGI) as a platform to empower and equip women with the requisite skills, policies as well provide the opportunity for them to build a network that fosters effective contribution towards the socio-economic development of Ghana.
Mrs. Patricia Obo-Na stated; “addressing gaps in gender diversity in business is essential in the fight against poverty and under-development” and she also disagreed with the school of thought that subscribes to relegating to the rear the conversation about diversity and gender equity.
Also present and the Guest of Honour was the First Lady of the Ghana, Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo-Addo.
The First Lady charged the newly launched Women in Business Group to be “proactive and strategic in navigating the digital age” and also noted that a lot more needs to be done for women to have access to finance for their businesses.
In a statement issued by Vodafone Ghana, they have launched an initiative with the UNDP; “Bringing the Informal to the Formal” and this is to equip some 1500 women SMEs in the Upper East Region with finance and business skills to help grow their businesses. This is a project which is expected to benefit an estimated 10,000 people within that geography.