Ecobank Ghana has linked its consistent support for the Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition to its belief in the potential of Ghana’s agricultural sector to transform the economy.
Head of Small and Medium Enterprises at Ecobank, Mr. Kingsley Adofo-Addo, made this statement at a recently held pre-event media briefing for the 9th Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition coming up in Tamale at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium, from the 25th to 27th of September, 2019.
“Ecobank’s continuous sponsorship of the (Pre-Harvest) event gives credence to our belief in the potential of the Agricultural sector in transforming the economy of Ghana through job creation, food and cash crop production for consumption and export, growing foreign reserve and poverty reduction,” Mr. Adofo-Addo told journalists at the USAID, conference Hall where the briefing took place.
He said Ecobank’s sponsorship of the event, affirms its commitment to making meaningful contributions towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 1 and 2, aimed at No Poverty and Zero Hunger respectively.”
Right from its inception nine years ago, the pan-African universal bank has consistently sponsored this leading agricultural event.
Elaborating further, Mr. Adofo-Addo said the bank has a dedicated desk for the provision of Agricultural financing, across its entire value chain, from production and processing to marketing. “We do this by leveraging our unique technological platforms and digital solutions, thereby enabling customers to do banking wherever, whenever.
Touching on the relevance of the event, Mr Adofo-Addo noted the pre harvest event will promote dialogue and forge business partnerships among farmers, buyers, processors, input dealers, financial institutions and other actors across the entire agricultural value chain.
He indicated the opportunity given his outfit will enable them educate participants on the need to digitize their operations to improve transactions, record keeping and access to finance for their businesses.
According to the Head of Small and Medium Enterprises, participants will be taken through Sustainable Financial Management and how to utilise digital technology in their everyday financial transactions. They will also be educated on how to use the Ecobank Mobile App to develop savings and investment platforms for wealth creation as well as manage digital and online payments safely among others.
“Financial sector is gradually shifting away from over dependence on brick and mortar channels, in favour of digital and virtual banking. It is therefore imperative for forward looking businesses and individuals to be prepared to derive the inherent benefits of this shift. We will also create awareness on how to leverage technology to access new markets and further explore opportunities for deepening business in existing markets,” Mr. Adofo-Addo said.
Ecobank which started its operation in Ghana in the year 1990, now has 67 branches across the nation.
The 9th Annual Pre-Harvest Conference and Exhibition being organised by Agri-house Foundation, in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Northern Development Authority and the Northern Regional Coordinating Council, together with other private and international organisations, seeks to assist farmers and agribusinesses to expand their businesses before and after harvesting, and to create enabling environment for new partnerships to promote the growth of Ghana’s agricultural sector.
Now in its 9th year, the event which won the 2018 Agribusiness event of the Year Award promotes business partnerships among stakeholders, such as farmers, buyers, processors, transporters, input dealers, equipment dealers, financial institutions, telecom companies and policy makers.
Partners and Sponsors for this year’s event includes the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Northern Development Authority, the Northern Regional
Coordinating Council, USAID Advance, UKaid, the MADE Programme, Yara Ghana, Ecobank, Kosmos energy, Chemico and Ghana commodity Exchange.
Agricinghana Media is a Media Partner to Agrihouse Foundation, the organisers of Pre-Harvest Agribusiness Exhibitions and Conference.
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