Accra, Oct. 3, GNA – Vodafone Ghana has
pledged its commitment to support actors in the Small and Medium-Scale
Enterprises (SME) as they contribute immensely to the promotion of
socio-economic development in the country.
Mrs Angela Mensah-Opoku, Head of Vodafone
Business Solutions said Vodafone had found the need to support and recognise
the great work being done by Small and Medium Scale Enterprises to change the
economic outlook of the country.
She said Vodafone had become the nerve-centre
in the journey of equipping them with bespoke technological solutions whilst
endowing them with skills and knowledge to become future multinationals and
“It will soon no longer be enough to be called
an SME – the real measure will be how impactful and scalable a company has
become”, she said.
Mrs Mensah-Opoku made these known to the media
during the Vodafone sponsored “SMEGA 2018”, an award ceremony to honour actors
in the SMEs for their contribution to socio-economic development.
She said the event had been organised at the
time that there were uncertainties in some parts of the economy, particularly
due to the imbalances and deterioration in the financial services sector.
She said immense pressure was mounting on key
regulators of the country’s businesses as they grapple with issues of corporate
governance and profitability, adding that, “I know some of our businesses are
going through some difficulties as we speak; especially due to tighter
regulations in accessing finance and other services”.
She said Vodafone together with other
organisers of the programme would continue to advocate for government not to
renege on its commitment to keeping the SME space afloat at all times since it
is the backbone of the country.
“Our commitment to developing SMEs in the
country by offering them innovative solutions remain unchanged. Currently SMEs make up 25 per cent our
Enterprise revenue portfolio whilst commanding about 60 per cent in terms of
volumes. We are looking forward to enhancing our base even further as we look
to securing corporate leadership in this space”, she added.
She advised players and owners in the SME
space to be aware of and understand the pressing demands of today’s
hyper-connected workforce and be prepared to adopt new and more dynamic ways of
She said connectivity; super-fast internet,
agility and the increasing importance of mobile devices had become the tools
for the modern workplace; transforming and bringing a new dynamism to the way
everyone works and interacts.
“SMEs need to be confident in confronting and
embracing these trends then if they are to survive”, she said.
Among the Business Entities that won awards
were Learning Organisation, Digicut Production and Advertising, Nyonkopa Cocoa
Buying Limited, Samba Foods Yesli Clothing, Western Global Technology Limited,
Jenesus Clothing, Sterling International Limited, Zeno Youghurt, Francis
Aluminium Company and Yumzaa Anest Enterprise.
The categories under which nominees were
awarded included Overall Best SME of the year, SME Achievers Award, Agro
Commodity Trade Recognitions Awards, SME Community Impact Award, Trade Sector
Award, Agribusiness and Product Innovation Awards, SME Rising Star Award, SME
Woman Entrepreneur and SME Researchers Awards.