SNV Netherlands Development Organisation has kicked off its 3-day 2023 GrEEn Regional Trade Show to showcase the products, services, and inventions of green businesses in the Western Region.
The 2023 GrEEn Regional Trade Show is part of the Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) Project being implemented by SNV Ghana and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) with funding from the European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Ghana.
Overall, a total of 39 SMEs, who are either enrolled or have graduated from SNV’s 6-month GrEEn Incubation and GrEEn Acceleration Programmes that provide business advisory support to green and eco-inclusive businesses and entrepreneurs are exhibiting their products and services that are made using methods that do not harm the environment, are eco-friendly or make use of waste materials are participating in the trade show with 29 other sustainable SMEs from GEPA and GIZ joining the show.
Organised at the Takoradi Mall in the Western Region from Friday, 11 August to Sunday, 13th August, it is the third and final edition of the GrEEn Regional Trade Show.
It is intended to stimulate sharing and exchanges within the circular economy. It also aims at showcasing and promoting green products and services to boost the growth of the local economy and support sustainable start-ups and SMEs in the green sector to increase job creation.
On 15 July, a similar event was organised in the Ashanti Region at the Kejetia market where 58 green SMEs exhibited their goods, products and services for sale. SNV Ghana has partnered with Ghana Export Promotion Authority,
Association of Ghana Industries, Ghana Enterprises Agency, GIZ Ghana and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to organise the trade shows.
SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international development organisation that makes a lasting difference in the lives of people living in poverty by helping them raise their incomes and access basic services. SNV specialises in three sectors: agri-food, energy and water
systems and is present in over 25 countries. SNV has been working in Ghana since 1992.
About GrEEn Project
The Boosting Green Employment and Enterprise Opportunities in Ghana (GrEEn) project is a four-year action from the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, SNV Netherlands Development Organisation and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF).
The project aims at creating greater economic and employment opportunities for youth, women and returning migrants by promoting and supporting sustainable, green businesses and providing employable skills training to youth job seekers in two selected regions in Ghana: Ashanti and Western in
partnership with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development.
GrEEn is implemented under the European Union Emergency Trust Fund (EUTF) for Africa with a total contribution of EUR 20,600,000.
The GrEEn Project has 4 result areas: SNV handles Results 2 and 4 and UNCDF handles Result 1 and 3. Under Result 4, SNV works at providing incubation and acceleration services to entrepreneurs and business owners who are in the green and circular economy.
The 6-month training is carried out by SNV’s business hub partners in the two regions: Recycle Up! Ghana and Women’s Haven Africa in the Ashanti Region, and U-hub from the University of Mines and Technology-Tarkwa, Social Entrepreneurship (SE) Hub and Duapa Werkspace in the Western Region.