The government of Ghana has initiated a special programme to support businesses owned by persons with disability (PWD) as part of its efforts to boost micro-, small-, medium enterprise (MSME) development in the country.
The programme, known as the PWD Enterprise Support Programme, is funded by the World Bank through the Ghana Economic Transformation Project (GETP). It aims to provide financial and technical assistance to PWD-owned businesses in various sectors such as agribusiness, transport and logistics, construction firms, manufacturing, hospitality and Information Communication Technology.
The programme will benefit about 150 PWD-owned businesses with a total of GH¢12million in grants and training modules that will help them improve their business skills, access technology, develop business plans, and market their products and services.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, said that the programme will enable PWDs to overcome their challenges, enhance their businesses, and achieve their potential for growth and success. She also said that the programme will promote inclusivity and empowerment for PWDs in the business sector by creating a more conducive environment for their businesses and contributing to their economic and social development.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Stephen Amoah, commended the World Bank for supporting the programme and said that it will help PWDs transition their businesses into their next stage of growth, improve their quality of life, and increase their contribution to Ghana’s economy. He said that supporting PWDs is essential for ensuring quality inclusivity and fostering economic empowerment.