President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday introduced the ¢1 billion Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Company Assistance Plan.
This a aid becoming presented by govt and chosen participating financial institutions to micro, smaller and medium-scale businesses around the region.
This was released at the Jubilee Household, the seat of the nation’s presidency, where by the President spelled out that the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has experienced a devastating effects on all economies all-around the planet.
He mentioned there has been reduced productivity, position losses, and a steep decrease in revenues for governing administration, companies, homes and persons in Ghana.
Among the most difficult strike in the nation, according to the President, are micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), which account for 70% of the country’s gross domestic item, and represent some 92% of corporations.
“This amply highlights the important role MSMEs play in the development and enhancement of our overall economy, necessitating the particular notice of Government,” he reported.
This, President Akufo-Addo reported, “provides the foundation for my path to the Minister for Finance to mail to Parliament the Coronavirus Alleviation Programme (CAP), whose goal is to secure households and livelihoods, help micro, tiny, and medium-scale businesses, minimise career losses, and supply further funding for promotion of industries to shore up and increase industrial output for domestic intake and exports.”
Out of the ¢1.2 billion earmarked for this Programme, ¢600 million will be disbursed as delicate loans to MSMEs, with up to a one particular-year moratorium and a two-year compensation interval. The charge of curiosity on government’s ¢600 million facility is three for each cent.
Also, chosen participating banking companies will provide negotiated counterpart funding to the tune of ¢400 million, producing, in all, ¢1 billion for disbursement under this Business Assistance Plan, with the full scheme set to bring in some 180,000 beneficiaries throughout the region.
With the resources under the Scheme to be managed by NBSSI, and to be supervised by a loans committee, composed of a person consultant just about every of the Ministries of Finance and Trade and Marketplace, a agent of the NBSSI, and a agent of the taking part banking institutions, the perfectly-acknowledged audit organization, KPMG, will act as technical advisors to the Scheme.
“Disbursement of the funds will be effected as a result of the participating banking companies. Transparency and accountability will be the hallmarks of the operation of the Scheme,” he extra.
President Akufo-Addo indicated that the Plan is targeted at MSMEs in the official and casual sectors, which have been afflicted by the financial downturn brought about by the pandemic, with MSMEs in advancement sectors that demand additional cash to increase their organization to meet up with growing need for COVID-19 linked merchandise and products and services, also suitable to apply.
The beneficiary sectors include things like agri and agro-corporations producing drinking water and sanitation tourism and hospitality education and learning foods and beverages technologies transportation commerce and trade healthcare and prescribed drugs and textiles and clothes.
In order to guarantee a easy software approach for all qualified candidates, application varieties have been built readily available on the web on the website of NBSSI, which is www.nbssi.gov.gh. It is also readily available by way of USSD code throughout all mobile networks, and applicants can also call the CAP Enterprise Contact Centre on 0302 477 777, or take a look at the closest NBSSI Business enterprise Advisory Centre for support with their purposes.
The President included that beneficiaries will have to be possibly self-employed, sole proprietors, or engaged in a limited liability, partnership, or joint undertaking arrangement.
“A whole of ninety-nine (99) staff is the limit of employment for any qualifying organization. The qualifying company will be inspired to belong to a trade association or team, and be registered with NBSSI. The application approach begins tomorrow, 20th May perhaps, and finishes on Saturday, 20th June,” he claimed.
The President urged beneficiaries to use the funds gained for the intended goal, “so that, jointly, we can function to improve our economy once yet again. Smaller enterprises can accessibility money from the Adom Micro Loans, and bigger kinds from the Anidasuo Delicate Mortgage.
“This total Scheme is intended to engender compassion and hope, the pillars on which we will establish a new publish-Covid Ghana.”
Reiterating his enthusiasm for the good results of the Scheme, President Akufo-Addo reminded beneficiaries of the fact that “Government is investing a large amount in it, and I am self-assured that the correct software of these cash will support our country bounce again much better and superior than prior to.”