The Multimedia Group in partnership with the Department for International Development (DfID) has unveilled the Business Enabling Environment Programme (BEEP) Accountability and Advocacy Project to discuss profits and progress made in ensuring a smooth business environment in Ghana.
In 2015, the BEEP programme was launched with the aim of creating public awareness for local government and business agencies in Ghana, as well as establishing ways to run a smooth business in the country.
To this end, business organisations and investors alike have impressed on government to quicken reforms for ensuring an enviable business environment in Ghana.
Speaking at the event, President of the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF) Nana Osei Bonsu noted that the private sector engages the public to demand reforms in business administrative agencies, adding that: “So, at least we can get a better World Bank ranking from 102 to 46 in 2019”.
Currently, Ghana ranks 114 on the World Bank Doing Business Index and scores 41 out of 100 on the Corruption Perception Index.
Nana Osei Bonsu admonished the regulatory bodies to make full use of technology as a tool to rake in more revenue and also ensure efficiency in service delivery.
He said: “What we need now to quicken the implementation and efficiency of business reforms like clearance of goods at the ports or payment of tax is technology. Maximising this tool is essential to ensuring an enabling business climate.
On his part, Deputy Trade Minister Robert Ahomka Lindsay outlined government’s agenda for ensuring a business-friendly environment in the country.
He stated that: “Reforms are hard to actualize; it’s not a one-day wonder, it takes time for the effects to materialise. We are confident the business community understands this and also appreciates the progress made over the past two years”.
Trade Advisor for the Department for International Development (DFID), Nana Frempomaa Aheng, in her speech encouraged regulators to have honest and frank debates on possible ways to ensure Ghana has a smooth and friendly business environment.
“We must cut the red tape, take bold steps and ensure we get things done. We appreciate how far government has come with ensuring an enabling environment, but there’s more to be done,” she said.
The BEEP Accountability and Advocacy Project is themed Profit and Progress. The unveiling of the project begins official radio and television discussions on issues bothering doing business in Ghana as it sets out as a counterbalance for government agencies.
Key Coalition Partners of the project are the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA); The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana; and the Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF).