We need to create an enabling environment for SME's, Startups – Tigo boss

Chief Business Officer for Tigo Business says Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) has called for the creation of an enabling environment where these businesses can thrive to aid national development.

Stephen Essien noted SMEs continue to contribute an estimated 70 percent to Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) making it necessary to empower them.

He made this call at the Tigo sponsored 68th Barcamp in Accra, where he addressed some startup businesses and a section of tertiary students on the topic “Empowering startups and SME’s for national development”.

Mr Essien noted that apart from government ensuring a conducive environment for businesses to thrive, big corporate institutions including multi-nationals can do more to help small businesses grow and expand employment opportunities for Ghanaians.

Using one of Ghana’s leading telecommunication company Tigo as an example, he spoke about how the company supports start-ups through several comprehensive communications solutions.

The solutions he noted helps them to increase market size, staff productivity, widen payment options and provide agility to differentiate on customer experience.

Touching on the role young startup owners can play in securing funding to scale up, Mr. Essien admonished them to fully understand the terrain in the country, and develop a sustainable business plan.

Beryl Hammond-Appiah, the Human Resource Director for Tigo, also advised the audience to set targets for their businesses and strategize to achieve those targets; as this would improve productivity.

She further emphasized that it was important to have good professional values that include integrity, reliability, and accountability. 

“Your professional values are key to your productivity because they will ultimately define your business and differentiate you from the competition,” she said.

Barcamp is organized by the GhanaThink Foundation with support from Tigo Ghana. 

Over the years, it has sought to build a network of young change-makers and entrepreneurs through a series of forums held across the country.


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