By Gifty Saal
With the declaration of the golden age of business by the current government, women have not been left out! There has been a lot of encouragement from the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and quite a number of NGOs, one of which is Women in Progress, to help small business women acquire business skills and enable them to expand their businesses.
With the forth-coming presidential elections, the major issues to be raised when helping Ghanaian small business woman helps in extending the “life” of the income purse in the home are the following:
- What trade policies will the next president initiate and support?
- Will he have the welfare of the small business woman at heart?
- Will there be any changes in taxation that may adversely affect small businesses?
- What will the government do to promote investor confidence and attract foreign direct investments?
- Will the current healthy business atmosphere be sustained to enable small businesses to thrive?
These are the burning issues on the minds of the up-and-coming small business women. I strongly believe these issues can be addressed if women are educated to have a positive attitude toward voting and to study carefully each presidential manifesto in order to make a right and objective choice.
Gifty Saal is the owner/manager of Giftex Impex, a batiking enterprise in Cape Coast. With Gifty’s positive attitude, keen business mind, and artistic ability, she is well equipped to quickly expand her business through international trade.