27 May 2014

Ghana: The Second Phase of ILO's Score Project Launched in Accra

press release

Danadams Pharmaceuticals Industry Limited, a wholly-Ghanaian owned limited liability company incorporated in Ghana, has hosted the launch of the second phase of the International Labour Organization's (ILO's) project--Sustaining Competitive and Responsible Enterprise (SCORE).

Danadams Pharmaceuticals Industry Limited is one of the 39 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) that participated in the SCORE training programme between 2009 and 2013.

The SCORE programme is funded with a total of US $ 1.7 million provided by the governments of Switzerland, Norway and Canada, through the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD), respectively, while the ILO is assisting government agencies, training providers, industry associations and trade unions in emerging countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to offer SCORE Training to the enterprises. It is a practical training and in-factory consulting modular programme that focuses on developing co-operative working relations resulting in shared benefits. The five SCORE Training modules cover Workplace Co-operation, Quality Management, Clean Production, Human Resource Management and Occupational Safety and Health

SCORE operates in manufacturing and service sectors and industry clusters, providing assistance through regional and national training organizations and industry associations, and, thereby, promotes the development of SMEs into more sustainable entities through being cleaner, more productive and competitive, and by providing more sustainable and decent employment.

The project is managed by a global team based in ILO Country Offices and headquarters in Geneva.

In an address to launch the programme in Accra on Friday, the Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Mr Antwi Bosiako, noted that the first phase of the SCORE project had demonstrated the international best practice in the manufacturing and service sectors and helped SMEs to access global supply.

Mr Antwi Bosiako said one of the mandates of the Ministry was to protect the rights of workers, motivate them to enhance productivity and to ensure that there was harmonious industrial relations in the country.

He said issues of employment and productivity at workplaces was a priority to government and that any programme that sought to create decent jobs and enhance the fortunes of the workforce and productivity deserved government's support.

He said the role of SMEs, which accounted for about 90 per cent of all businesses in Ghana's economy, could not be underestimated.

The Deputy Minister said Government would, in collaboration with the appropriate local and foreign partners, including the SCORE project, create an enabling environment for addressing areas of critical importance on productivity and working conditions for SMEs. He, therefore, urged Ghanaian enterprises to join the SCORE programme.

In a statement, Madam Marie Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, State Secretary of SECO, noted that the international market offered great opportunities for Ghanaian Small and Medium-scale Enterprises (SMEs) to export their products and create jobs at home.

Madam Ineichen-Fleisch added, however, that to continuously improve their productivity and compete in international markets, SMEs needed a motivated, dedicated and skilled workforce, adding that competitiveness and productivity did not mean less social commitment. On the contrary, she said, higher productivity and better working conditions went hand in hand.

She said a motivated, dedicated and skilled workforce could only develop in a climate of mutual respect between management and workers and that where workers were provided with good working conditions, workers became more productive.

Madam Ineichen-Fleisch pledged Switzerland's strong commitment to reducing poverty and socio-economic inequalities through accelerating the growth of the private sector, promoting the development of SMEs and supporting to strengthen and enhance competitiveness and inclusiveness.

In his remarks, Mr Dennis Zulu, a representative of the ILO, noted that while Ghanaian SMEs continued to play important roles as the driving forces of Ghana's growth and poverty reduction, there still existed a substantial unused potential.

Welcoming the audience to the launch, Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi, Chief Executive Officer of Danadams Pharmaceutical Limited, said his company's vision was to build a strong company that would create a healthy Africa, where all Africans would have the opportunity to succeed.

Dr Gyamfi said through the company's participation in the SCORE programme, employees from all parts and levels of the business had developed a new enthusiasm to improve the enterprise and increase productivity.

He expressed regrets that 70 per cent of drugs were imported into the country, a situation, he said, did not encourage local businesses to grow and called on Pharmaceutical owners to come together and establish bigger companies in order to be competitive.

Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)

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