CBG Opens Kokomlemle SME Centre


From left: Daniel Wilson Addo, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah and Nana Ama Poku cutting the ribbon to officially open the SME Center.

CONSOLIDATED BANK Ghana Ltd. (CBG) has commissioned its ultra-modern SME Centre at Kokomlemle to cater for the needs of SME clients.

Deputy Minister of Finance in-charge of Wealth Creation, Dr. John Ampontuah Kumah, praised the bank for its unflinching support to the SME sector.

According to the Deputy Minister, who is also a Member of Parliament for Ejisu in the Ashanti region, SMEs account for an overwhelming proportion of employment creation in Ghana.  In supporting them, he said CBG aligns with the Government’s agenda for SME growth and development.

The Deputy Minister also commended CBG for partnering with the Ghana Employment Agency in rolling out the YouStart programme to position the bank as the SME Bank of Choice in Ghana.

Speaking at the event, Managing Director of CBG, Daniel Addo, said the centre provides SMEs with a one-stop shop for capacity building and financial support.

According to him, SMEs are the backbone of the Ghanaian economy, contributing about 75% of GDP and constituting almost 85% of businesses in Ghana.  He said, at the SME Centre, experts will provide advisory services to the SMEs.

The Managing Director announced that Euromoney’s recent ranking of CBG as 2022 Market Leaders in SME is a strong complement to what the bank has done over the last 4 years, granting over GHC1.5 billion to the sector.  He also touched on the number of activities to boost the sector.

Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry in charge of MSMEs, lauded CBG for the initiative.

“I am particularly excited about the bank’s focus on prioritising support towards Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) promotion for national development because the growth of our MSMEs largely depend on the financial support that is needed to be injected into viable and high-growth firms as well as start-ups. I wish to congratulate CBG for its profound support for the promotion of MSMEs in the country.”

The Deputy Minister further indicated that on an ongoing basis, she would personally visit the centre to see how entrepreneurs are faring.

Earlier in the day, CBG also commissioned its plush Trade Fair Branch located off the Giffard Road.  The branch re-emphasises the bank’s commitment to superior customer experience and convenience. Managing Director, Daniel Addo, indicated that the bank is embarking on a bank-wide standardisation exercise to project the branches by making them more customer friendly.