7 May 2014

Ghana: Anglogold Schools Local Contractors

A day's training has been organised for community contractors of AngloGold Ashanti, Iduapriem Mine, at a short ceremony over the weekend. The workshop, which is the third in the series, forms part of the Local Economic Development Initiatives of the mine, and was aimed at developing the capacity of contractors in its host communities for business development and job creation. It was in partnership with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI).

Addressing participants, the Municipal Director of the NBSSI in Tarkwa, Mr. Francis Baghr, explained, that the workshop would help participants acquire the basic rudiments of business management, in order to make their businesses attractive. The participants were taken through topics such as Expansion of Business, Taxation, Financial Management and Good Record Keeping. Mr Baghr encouraged them to register with the NBSSI, and be abreast with technological advancements.

The interactive session also afforded the contractors the opportunity to share among themselves some challenges confronting them in their line of work. The contractors, who were appreciative of the training, called on the mine to organise such sessions quarterly, to enable them be abreast with modern trends of business and entrepreneurial skills.

A Senior Community Development Officer of the mine, Enoch Osei, added that the training would enable the local contractors to be competitive and self-sufficient after the mine's closure, and obtain the requisite skills in business management The Local Economic Development Initiative of the mine forms part of its Social Investment Strategy.

It is a broad partnership between the Tarkwa Municipal Assembly through the National Board for Small Scale Industries to empower small enterprises development in the promotion of businesses development.

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