Accra, Sept. 27, GNA – The Final KAIZEN
project forum will come off in Accra on Friday, September 28, to share the
major achievements of the Project as well as success stories of the
participating beneficiary companies of the KAIZEN Project.
The National Board for Small Industries
(NBSSI), in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),
launched the NBSSI/JICA National KAIZEN Project in October 2015.
A statement issued in Accra by Rejoice Tettey,
the Public Relations Officer, NBSSI, said the objective of the Project is to
strengthen the capacity of Business Development Service (BDS) providers at
NBSSI, to enhance their skills in facilitating and providing Micro, Small and
Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) acceleration support using the KAIZEN methodology.
It said to date, MSMEs and NBSSI staff in five
target Regions namely, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Northern and Greater
Accra Regions have been supported by the Project’s interventions.
It said KAIZEN was a Japanese term for
continuous improvement and KAI meant change, while ZEN means better.
It said the KAIZEN philosophy was systematised
by Toyota, to reduce costs by eliminating wastes and improve productivity and
“This will also be an opportunity to share
NBSSI’s plans for the second phase of the National KAIZEN Expansion Project,”
The statement said currently, about 248
businesses have benefited from the Project interventions leading to increased
productivity, profitability and job creation.
It said the Project also falls in line with
the current government’s agenda to create an enabling environment for
businesses to thrive and create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth of this
It said NBSSI has been continuously providing
KAIZEN and other BDS to MSMEs and entrepreneurs with key stakeholders and would
continue to expand across the nation.