Ghana to Host West African Conference on Micro-Finance
Ghana, March, 21 2013 -
The African Centre for Peace Building and the Bank of Ghana has signed a partnership agreement for the holding of the first West Africa Micro-finance Conference (WAMIC 2013) from April 24-26.
The three-day programme, under the theme 'Empowering Africa for economic peace: the role of the micro-finance sector', includes conference, training workshops, industry presentation and exhibition.
Hundreds of participants (micro-finance companies, policy maker, financial institution, scholars, civil society representatives, media, business professionals, state officials and development agencies from across the sub-region are expected to attend.
Gloria Darline Quartey, Head of the Centre for Training and Professional-Bank of Ghana, explained that it would lead to "ensuring job security, as well as bringing some sanity into the sector, while providing participants with a common platform for sharing ideas, resources and networking,".
"The 2013 WAMIC seeks to address some of the challenges confronting the sector in the sub-region, as it is expected to equip participants with the requisite skills and provide them with relevant industry information in managing a micro-finance business."
Mr Korsi Senyo of FCOPB, told newsmen that "the micro-finance sector plays a significant role in the development of Africa’s economy through provision employment and other positive engagements, and access to credit facilities to the informal sector which constitutes the larger population in Africa's economy but however been face with several challenges".
"He said mission of the AFCOPB as a Ghana-based none governmental organization (NGO) is to build peace in Ghana and Africa through conflict prevention, youth development, peace education, promotion of human rights, health and poverty reduction. AECOPB also seeks to champion public awareness that would enable people to make peaceful and healthy decisions for themselves, their families, nations and the continent".