Social Enterprise Ghana has held a policy dialogue meeting with stakeholders that were involved in drafting the original social enterprise policy.
The meeting which was held at the Alisa Hotel in Accra brought new stakeholders to look at the draft policy developed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Speaking to UniversNews, Chief Executive Officer of Social Enterprise Ghana, Amma Lartey, explained that the review of the Ghana Social Enterprise Policy, which is pending cabinet consideration and approval, would not take as long as the first time.
She said the goal is to update the existing policy to make it more comprehensive since there have been some developments in the business sector ever since the bill was drafted in 2017.
“The policy is undergoing a similar process as the first. Maybe it won’t take as much time because we already have all the stakeholders that were involved in the previous policy and also all the new stakeholders that have entered the space…
“And all the new exciting initiatives that are happening already are on our radar and so it will go through a process of the same things such as consultations and stakeholder dialogue,” she said.
Amongst tackled topics which sought to enable successful trades to happen were the African Continental Free Trade Area and the need for government policies to unlock cross-border trade for SMEs and the role of technology in doing that.
Also discussed was the use of e-commerce platforms that facilitate cross-border trade and talks on the practical matters with trade issues, including border issues about the cost of travel which have to be resolved.
The policy dialogue also sought to restructure the social enterprise policy by engaging the managers of Ghanaian social enterprises and a network of owners to modify policies that would promote and help grow their businesses.
The development of the Ghana Social Enterprise policy is in fulfillment of the government’s commitment to promote and grow social enterprises as means of improving livelihoods, particularly among the youth, and contribute significantly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Story by: Gerald Nii Adu Sarbah | universnewsroom.com