Fidelity Bank, FDA forge strategic partnership to strengthen SME growth and regulatory compliance 


Fidelity Bank Ghana, the largest privately-owned financial institution in the nation, and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) have formalised their dedication to promoting a collaborative environment conducive to the growth and regulatory compliance of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They achieved this by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on November 1, 2023.

Within this significant agreement, the two organisations have delineated multiple areas of collaboration – with a primary focus on technical support, training and shared expertise aimed at enhancing the capabilities of SMEs associated with Fidelity Bank. The beneficiaries will include youth and women entrepreneurs participating in the Fidelity Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (FYEI).

The partnership encompasses cooperative efforts to exchange technical knowledge, conduct educational workshops and advocate best practices that ensure adherence to regulatory standards. Furthermore, the FDA will actively engage with Fidelity Bank’s clientele; providing valuable insights into product safety, quality and regulatory compliance.

The FDA has committed to training Fidelity Bank staff and SME beneficiaries on regulatory requirements, championing best practices, safeguarding application submissions and facilitating regulatory compliance through the Progressive Licencing Scheme (PLS). Concurrently, Fidelity Bank will lead awareness campaigns, conduct initial screenings of applications and provide essential support for regulatory compliance, thus ensuring smooth disbursement of funds to SME clients.

In a bid to guarantee the longevity and effectiveness of these collaborative initiatives, both entities will give prominence to meticulous documentation, establish a comprehensive database, and offer consistent support to SMEs affiliated with Fidelity Bank.

Nana Esi Idun-Arkhurst, Divisional Director-Retail and Business Banking, Fidelity Bank, expressed her enthusiasm for the agreement, stating: “This collaboration signifies a significant milestone in our commitment to empowering SMEs and promoting regulatory compliance. We eagerly anticipate working closely with the FDA to ensure the sustainable growth and success of our clients”.

Dr. Delese Mimi Darko, Chief Executive Officer-FDA Ghana, stressed the importance of such partnerships by saying: “Our collaboration with Fidelity Bank underscores our shared dedication to fostering a compliant business environment. By combining our strengths, we can create a conducive platform for the growth and success of SMEs in Ghana”.

This landmark MoU reinforces the mutual commitment of Fidelity Bank and the FDA to cultivate a supportive business landscape and ensure sustainable growth and success for SMEs, thereby reaffirming their unwavering dedication to the economic progress and sustainable development of Ghana.

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