The 2016 Rural Enterprise Programme (REP) Exhibition Trade Show has ended in Accra. The exhibition showcased ‘Made-in-Ghana’ products and services.

Delivering the key note address at the opening of the show in Accra, last week, Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister for Trade and Industry, indicated that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) contributed significantly towards the creation of jobs and wealth by providing essential goods and services for the people, particularly in the rural areas.

Dr Spio-Garbrah said REP was one of the programmes introduced by government to create a favourable environment for business to flourish so as to increase incomes and improve living conditions in deprived communities while providing jobs for the youth.

He, therefore, urged all unemployed Ghanaians, especially the youth, to take advantage of the opportunity offered by REP to set up their own business.

In a speech to declare the Exhibition and Trade Show open, the National Director of REP, Mr Kwasi Attah Antwi, said the products and services on display were of high quality but affordable.

He added that the products and services exhibited were made by people who were previously unemployed and as a result of the skills and technologies acquired by the clients from the various interventions provided through the REP in all districts.

According to the National Director, five hundred clients of the REP from all 161 participating district and municipal assemblies across Ghana were representing their districts to showcase a wide variety of technologies and skills acquired through programme implementation.

He said the REP Clients’ Exhibition and Trade Show remained one of the key interventions of the programme organised to create a platform for the various businesses to exchange ideas, network and make effective business contacts to improve their businesses.

Source: Government of Ghana