The Chamber raises issues to government and other policy makers on behalf of its members to provide an enabling environment for the private sector. Complaints on taxation, employment, utilities which ultimately affect business growth are among issues advocated on by the chamber.
Three trade groups associated with the Chamber were part of a number of associations being supported by Busac Fund. They were trained on how to advocate and when to advocate among other things. The associations carried out researchers to form the basis for the advocacy initiative.
Azulelounu Oil makers Association
The problem being advocated on was the absence of a local coconut oil market centre at Nzema which has resulted in high cost of transportation to uncertain oil markets outside the region.
In addition, there is also loss of income through robbery on the highways to the big cities coupled with poor pricing of products by market queens in the cities.
What the research sought to do: The established baseline information on the estimated number of local coconut oil producers so as to build a stronger coalition and seek support for enhanced coconut oil marketing, through establishment of a local Oil Market. This will improve upon the revenue earnings of oil processors and associated ancillary businesses. The researcher recommended the following:
To the Assemblies in these three districts: There is the need for all three Assemblies to agree on an acceptable location for the establishment of a local oil market.
To the Traditional Authorities: These authorities should collaborate and agree on an agreed location for the market, and ensure the success of the project, to forestall a situation where members refuse to use the market. They should also look at the availability of land for the project
To the Members of Parliament: Members of Parliament for all three districts should endeavour to work closely with the various Assemblies and respective Traditional authorities, such that there will inter-district collaboration.
Ghana Garages Association.
Poor roads and sanitation facilities at Takoradi Kokompe makes the area unattractive for business is a problem being faced by the members of the association. A research was undertaken to determine the effect of poor road and sanitation on business activities in the Takoradi Kokompe area.
The research observed that, improvement of the road network and social amenities by state policy would encourage greater participation of the private sector in providing enhanced service centers within Kokompe thereby providing a one stop shop for customers.
- There is the need for the local government to resolve the issue of land tenure to enable permanent structures to be developed in the cluster.
- Adequate provision of physical infrastructure is also important for the development of the MSEs.
Medicine Counter Assistants
The following problems gave rise to an advocacy action by the association.
- The Association members are given less recognition in terms of being employed, resulting in low employment rate.
- There is the engagement of unqualified MCAs to the neglect of trained members.
- The members are underemployed in pharmacies and chemical shops, resulting in low volume of sales for trained MCAs who operate chemical shops.
A research has been conducted to determine the employment situation of MCAs and its implications on medicine dispensation to the general public.
At the end of the study, there were a number of recommendations among which were the fact that
- The pharmacy council must enforce the policy of MCA’s being the minimum required qualification to work in the pharmaceutical care industry.
- The pharmacy council must institute punitive actions against proprietors and facilities who flout this policy.
The policy when carried out, will go a long way to curb the insanity among non-professionals dispensing medicines to the detriment of the general public.