Press Release

UNIDO, GEA AND JAPAN open application for its National Kaizen Initiative for MSMES

10 March 2023

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) have launched a call for application for its program aimed at scaling up Ghana’s national initiatives on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) promotion.

Caption: A participant at the launch.
Photo: © UNIDO

The call for proposal under the joint implementation of UNIDO and the GEA is part of activities of its $3.9 Million project “Expanding the Kaizen Initiatives by Enhancing Sustainable Agri-Business”, funded by the government of Japan to sustainably and continually improve quality and productivity of businesses in Ghana.

Mr. Marin Mizuno, UNIDO Project Manager, noted acquiring proper enterprise performance management skill is crucial to the sustanaibility of MSMEs and enterprsies growth.

Mr. Mizuno  said: “In this difficult time, the only control at our disposal is our own internal resources, which we can maximize to improve enterprise performance. And in this regard, I strongly believe that the Kaizen approach, which leverages on the efficiency of internal resources, is the perfect tool for MSMEs to cope with the current difficulties.”

He emphasised that UNIDO’s Smart and Sustainable Agri-business, an innovative enterprise performance management tool which leverages on digital solutions to productivity improvement will contribute to modernizing enterprise performance management in the MSMEs space.

Mr. Tetsuya Imaoka, Coordinator for Economic Cooperation of the Embassy of Japan  in Ghana revealed the philosophy of Kaizen is to improve the enterprise performance by maximizing the efficiency with the available resources, rather than resorting to huge capital investment.

Mr. Imaoka affirmed: “I believe Japanese technology, experience and wisdom through a variety of methodologies and approaches is exactly what is needed in Ghana, especially for micro, small and medium enterprises as we go through a very difficult time.”

Hon. Samuel Abu Jinapor, Caretaker Minister for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Substantive Minister for the Minstry of Lands and Natural Resources said data from the registrar General’s Department of Ghana indicates that about 90% of businesses registered in Ghana are MSMEs.

He confrmed: “Micro, Small and Medium enterprises have been identified by Government as the means through which its Industrial Transformation Agenda and other development goals of the country can be realised and we are grateful to Japan for this support.”

Mrs. Kosi Yankey-Ayeh, the Chief Executive Officer of GEA stated that the project is going to stimulate the National Expansion drive for MSMEs with emphasis on production efficiency, food safety and compliance to make them more efficient and competitive.

Mrs. Yankey-Ayeh  added: “We are committed, prepared and well-positioned to partner with UNIDO to ensure the smooth commemncement and successful implementation of the Project”.

MSMEs who meet the selection requirement would be selected for Kaizen  and SSAB training. The selected MSMEs will also benefit from the capital investment component of the project.

The Call for Proposal for this program will be open until the 30th of April for the enterprises to apply. The selection will be duly conducted for the final nomination of the enterprises to be supported under the program.


For more information, please contact:

Marin Mizuno, UNIDO; e-mail:

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