Fakhruddin Azizi, UNIDO Representative to Ghana and Liberia exchanging agreement with Hisanobu Mochizuki, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Japan have signed an agreement to enhance the competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) for the economic and social development of Ghana.
Ghana broadcast Kaizen – a Japanese methodology and philosophy for the continuous improvement of quality and productivity in the workshop over the past decade.
Thus, hundreds of Ghanaian companies have introduced and are still applying Kaizen practices, which helped them improve their performance. However, to achieve greater national impact, the approach must be improved to sustainably improve business competitiveness.
Accordingly, with funding from the Government of Japan and in coordination with the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), UNIDO will implement its project “Expanding the Kaizen Initiative by Upgrading Sustainable Agribusiness” which, through the Organization’s digital dashboard system, will respond among others economic performance, resource efficiency, environmental sustainability and social well-being of MSMEs.
Ultimately, the 3-year project will help Ghana scale up its Kaizen initiative and, by extension, improve the performance of Ghanaian MSMEs.
The project will introduce “Smart and Sustainable Agribusiness (SSAB)” – an approach that collects key performance indicators to visualize business performance, also related to productivity, resource efficiency, safety/ food compliance and social welfare.
A pre-launch event brought together Hisanobu Mochizuki, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana and Fakhruddin Azizi, UNIDO Representative to Ghana and Liberia.