Dr Edward Mahama, Presidential Nominee of the People’s National Convention (PNC) has promised to implement appropriate initiatives to make the business environment meaningful to all.
He pledged to ensure the provision of stable electric power, enactment of favourable laws to make businesses grow and create employment for the people.
Dr Mahama said this when he addressed the extraordinary congress of the Association of Small Scale Industries (ASSI) in Tamale.
The congress, amongst others, elected new executives to steer the affairs of ASSI.
Dr Mahama said the PNC would build the capacity of local producers to produce goods that would meet international standards to boost both domestic and export trade as part of efforts to protect local industries.
He said PNC would lead farmers to reduce the rice import bill by half by increasing local production of rice whiles enticing the youth to go into agriculture.
Mr Lukman Abdul-Rahim, Executive Director of National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), said the NBSSI would continue to articulate the concerns of ASSI when it came to policy formulation.
Mr Abdul-Rahim urged members of ASSI to visit Business Advisory Centres at district assemblies across the country to access opportunities created by the government some of which include skills training, matching grants and credit schemes.
The new executives of ASSI, chaired by Mr Saeed Moomen, were sworn into office. GNA