Sam Brandful and Ayman Ali
Canon, a leader in imaging solutions, has officially signed partnered Invest In Africa (IIA) to train and mentor small and medium size printing companies in Ghana.
The ‘Professional Print Excellence’ programme will help improve the commercial and technical skills of 20 local professional printing SMEs in the country’s growing printing sector.
As part of the partnership, Canon will provide specialized printing training from the third quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of the same year, which will be followed by a mentorship programme in 2017.
Invest in Africa will also provide training on business development and business management best practices while local participating companies will have the opportunity to obtain details of tenders from international companies in Ghana via IIA’s pool.
The programme will therefore provide the printing sector with focused training that will help them run large volumes of business and deliver world-class printing products and services.
Ayman Ali, Marketing Manager – Professional Solutions at Canon Middle East, said the programme was established as a result of a study by Canon to understand the professional printing industry in Ghana.
He said research findings indicated that 96 percent of companies believe business in Ghana will grow in the next three to five years while 64 percent said they could be persuaded to print more materials in Ghana if printing quality improved.
Mr. Ali noted that Canon was delighted to come up with the programme to provide SMEs in the printing sector in Ghana with the skills and knowledge they need to better serve their local customers.
“Canon is committed to empowering this region through the improvement of vocational skills and creation of job opportunities,” he added.
Sam Brandful, IIA Ghana Manager, in his welcome address, said professional printing excellence programme sets the stage for building the capacity of selected SMEs in the printing sector to help position them appropriately increase competitiveness, drive revenue and provide them with better chance of accessing finance.
He said registered printing companies operating in the country for the last two years, which are tax compliant and employs between three and 100 people and are committed to improving their business can apply to participate.
Siwaybatu Adams, Director of Domestic Trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, who launched the programme, commended the two organizations for their initiative, adding that it would go a long way to make local printers more competitive.
James Appiah Berkoh, President of the Ghana Printers and Paper Converters Association, said their members would support the laudable initiative.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri