The Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI) Seeks the Support of Lead Buyers to Extend SCORE Training to other parts of Ghana (ILO)

‘’On 29 September, 2021, the MDPI held a breakfast meeting to mobilise support from Lead Buyers to extend SCORE Training to many more enterprises nationwide’’.

Press release | 12 October 2021

As part of the sustainability strategy of the SCORE programme, the ILO is aligning and embedding SCORE Training in programmes of Lead Buyers (LBs) in Ghana to secure sponsorship to sustain its delivery to SMEs. Many Multinational Enterprises, which could be LBs, have actors in their supply chains that require capacity building to improve their performances. Against this backdrop, on 29th September, 2021 the ILO organised a LBs Breakfast Meeting for selected LBs at the Fiesta Royale Hotel in Accra Ghana. Present at the programme were Chief Executive Officer of 7 large companies in Ghana including Vodafone Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Societe General, Republic Bank, and Exim Bank Ghana.

Chief Executive Officers of 7 large companies in Ghana including Vodafone Ghana, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, Societe General, Republic Bank, and Exim Bank Ghana were present at the event.

The Chairperson of the occasion was Mr. David Tetteh Ami Abbey of the National Pensions Regulatory Authority. He commended the efforts of the SCORE programme and the positive impact on SMEs in Ghana. He mentioned that, SCORE Training is a proven methodology that was yielding results. Therefore, he encouraged the potential LBs to consider subscribing to SCORE Training for their supplier enterprises.

In her welcome remarks, Mrs. Bernice Adjei, the Deputy Director General of MDPI stated that, the objective of the breakfast meeting was to inform stakeholders about the interventions of the SCORE programme, to enable them make informed decisions about signing up or sponsoring SCORE Training for enterprises in their networks. She added that this was an opportunity for the LBs to improve the quality and productivity of enterprises and encouraged them to take advantage of this opportunity. She assured the ILO of the MDPI’s commitment to provide effective leadership for SCORE Training implementation in Ghana.

The National Project Manager of the ILO SCORE programme, Mr. Samuel Onoma Asiedu speaking on behalf of the ILO Country Director, Abuja, reiterated the statement of the Chairperson that, SCORE Training was a proven methodology that had benefited many enterprises. He said that, the project had been providing services in predominantly two regions in Ghana and would want to go nationwide. He emphasised that the funding partners had indicated their motive to exit at the end of 2021, so it was necessary that other options were explored access funding to train SMEs in Ghana. He outlined the various windows in which funding support could be made. He however emphasised that, some enterprises had been paying for SCORE Training and this which was good news for the project.

Mr. John Wilson, the CEO of SCORE Training Solutions Ghana (STSG) made a presentation on SCORE interventions in Ghana. His presentation gave a background about the SCORE Training programme; eligibility criteria, training modules and training processes; SCORE Ghana Business Development Services portfolio; Ghana project profile; impact of SCORE Training and funding options. After his presentation, participants asked question to clarify many areas.

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) are the agencies funding the implementation of SCORE in Ghana. Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprise (SCORE) is an ILO global programme that seeks to improve productivity and working conditions in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).