ACCRA– The 2018 Ghana Women Entrepreneurship Summit (GWES 2018) has opened in Accra with a pledge from the government that it will do all it can to support women entrepreneurs to thrive in their businesses.

Addressing the opening session here Monday, Deputy Trade Minister Robert Ahomka-Lindsay said the government was focusing on the physical infrastructure and regulations to create a conducive environment for women entrepreneurs to carry out their businesses.

He said the government was also working on a platform for commodity exchange to allow producers across the country to be directly linked to buyers seeking their products.

The two-day summit, organized by the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), brings together key stakeholders to assess the progress of women entrepreneurs within the context of economic empowerment and to foster networking to enhance the overall productivity of women-led industries.

GWES 2018, which is being held under the theme, Ghanaian Women Entrepreneurs: From Voices to Action, will also provide the platform for discussions on finding innovative ways of accelerating the pace of women entrepreneurs in the country in the interest of job creation, industrialisation and socio-economic growth.

Ahomka-Lindsay said the government’s one-district, one-factory programme offered opportunities to entrepreneurs to live their dream in the production value chain and move Ghana to beyond Aid.

The government was working to simplify business regulations to make it easier for all entrepreneurs.