88% of Ghanaian SMEs can’t compete within AfCFTA  – CUT International

Eighty Eight per cent of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises across the country do not have international certification to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTFA).

This is according to a research findings conducted by CUTS International and GIZ Ghana.

According to Head of Research at CUTS International, Isaac Yaw Obeng, this will be a barrier to local businesses.

Speaking at a Public-Private Dialogue on the Private Sector Role and Participation in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement in Accra on Thursday, he said most SMEs lacked the capacity to reach out to partners across the world.

Thirty nine per cent of SMEs use emails to connect and only 29 per cent of them have a website to connect to customers”, Mr Obeng mentioned.

On financial services, the findings showed that 70 per cent of the small enterprises operate using bank accounts from respective banks across the country.

“Over 70 per cent of them use bank accounts which I think is good news for us and we hope they continue that way,” he stated

On his part, the West African Regional Director for CUTS International, Appiah Kusi-Adomako said the SMEs space needed a robust management system

“Ghanaian SMEs are doing a great job, but in fighting for the AfCFTA and benefiting from it, I think it’s time they try to devise strategies to benefit from the AfCFTA. The government must also step in and support them in this quest,” he said.

The findings are to improve the framework conditions to unlock the potential of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement for small and medium enterprises in Ghana.

 Small Scale Enterprises in particular are being urged to build their capacities to be able to trade effectively and efficiently by the time trading under AfCFTA swings into full gear.

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