The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Mr. Alfred Ekow Gyan, on Tuesday encouraged SMEs particularly those in the wood industry to apply time management into their contract and delivery process in order for them to stay in business.

Ghanaian men learn carpentry skills at the New Century Careering Training Institute, which the Chinese government aided with two blocks of building in 2000 and 2014 at the Dansoman district of Accra, capital of Ghana, May 26, 2015. The Chinese government has also provided new furniture, equipment for skill-training and two generator sets for the training centre. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)
Ghanaian men learn carpentry skills at the New Century Careering Training Institute, which the Chinese government aided with two blocks of building in 2000 and 2014 at the Dansoman district of Accra, capital of Ghana, May 26, 2015. The Chinese government has also provided new furniture, equipment for skill-training and two generator sets for the training centre. (Xinhua/Lin Xiaowei)

He added that the global market required that businesses sharpened their skills, become abreast with new trends as well as be competitive, adding that, ?Time management was therefore key for our businesses?.

The Deputy Minister was speaking at the opening of skills development grant training in wood working, for increased productivity and competitiveness for wood workers, in the Western Region, organized by Skills Development Fund (SDF) and the Council for Technical and Vocational Educational Training (COTVET).

He also spoke about the importance of the English language, which he noted, was crucial to businesses especially, in the wood industry and entreated them to continuously educate themselves and become abreast with modern trends in their business.

The Deputy Minister mentioned the need for wood workers to add value to their work to remain competitive and attractive.?

He said: ?I therefore, urge the industry to make good use of the skills and innovative technology being provided by the SDF. You can do so by ensuring that the outcome of the SDF funding is reflected in your productivity, incomes and profits. You are also encouraged to create avenues to increase employment.?

Mr. Gyan also called for an efficient monitoring and evaluation system to ensure optimum productivity and advised against illegal felling of trees adding that, ?The wanton destruction should be discontinued.?

The Manager of the Timber Industry Development Division ( TIDD) of the Forestry Commission, Mr. Peter Zormelo suggested that, the industry engaged in a rethinking exercise, add value and increase capacity to become competitive in the globally market.

Mr. Zormelo said the Chinese are penetrating every sector of the market because of the right application of technology, creativity and better entrepreneurial skills in their wood industry.

He therefore encouraged Ghanaian businesses to stop complaining and be creative in order to stay competitive.

Mr. Sampson Kofi Mensah, the Training Officer at the Wood Industry Center in Kumasi observed that, skilled labour, low income and poor quality production and minimum returns had been the bane of the wood industry.

Mr. John Koomson, the Regional Manager of the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), told the association to consider undertaking tree planting exercises to ensure the availability of raw materials for their work.

GNA

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