168 women who are running their own business in Obuasi benefitted from a business training program organized by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) and supported by AngloGold Ashanti, Obuasi Mine. The training which ended on Friday, 23rd October at the Obuasi Enterprise and Skill Development Centre lasted for two weeks with different businesses participating each day.
On the last day of the training, the participants received certificates and books to help them in their work. The Senior Manager, Sustainability, at the Obuasi Mine, Emmanuel Baidoo revealed that diversifying the Obuasi economy is essential to the survival of the Obuasi economy and they are therefore doing their best to make that come into fruition.
“We saw how the Obuasi economy was affected when AngloGold Ashanti went under care and maintenance. We don’t want that to happen again. We don’t want to be like a local champion driving everything in the Obuasi economy. We rather want to act as a facilitator or catalyst to speed up the economic development process in Obuasi” he said.
AngloGold Ashanti started the Skills and Enterprise Development Program to provide coaching for businesses in its catchment areas to enable them get opportunities in and outside their communities. The program also connects the businesses to sources of funding. The program has so far registered over 100 businesses.
The participants were selected from the agro-processing and service sector by the National Board for Small Scale Industries in Obuasi. Kelvin Ofori-Atta, the Municipal Director for the National Board for Small Scale Industries also explained that the training was necessary to help empower the women to be able to run their businesses effectively.