Mr Mathew Azoya, the Northern Regional Manager of the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA), has said the green agenda is a key area to invest in to create jobs for the youth.
He encouraged small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt green business concepts to reduce the risks of environmentally related crises, increased hunger levels, mass migration challenges, as well as other socio-economic disasters.
Mr Azoya said this during the closing session of Invest for Jobs Green SMEs Networking Festival in Tamale to improve green productivity in the country.
The programme was to support SMEs towards creating decent jobs and improving eco-friendly production and products in the country.
The three-day event was on the theme: “Sustainable business practice does not matter the size of business: It goes for everyone, big or small – a collective moral imperative”.
It was an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
The event brought together about 100 SMEs with an interest in eco-friendly manufacturing, mainly from the agro-processing, fashion & textile, and cosmetics sectors.
There were a series of workshops and seminars on topics related to eco-friendly and sustainable business practices and access to markets through the African Continental Free Trade Area, supported by the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation and the Pan-African E-Commerce Initiative.
Mr Azoya advised participants to support the government to protect the environment to enhance green job creation in the country.
Mr Hamidun Hanza Saana, the Northern Regional Trade and Industry Officer, urged SMEs to identify their strengths and weaknesses and improve upon them to enhance the goods production and service delivery.