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For more than three decades, Ghana has enjoyed consistent economic growth. However, this growth was unfortunately occasioned severally by relatively high interest rates that escalated the cost of doing business accompanied by sluggish or limited adaption of innovation and technology by our MSMEs.  Several subsectors of the economy, particularly banking and finance, telecommunication, oil and gas, agriculture and construction which could have exhibited higher levels of efficiency to create jobs and wealth were unable to achieve that basically due to the absence or limited availability of technical skills and competencies to navigate through the mirage of challenges in today’s business conditions.

Notable among these challenges are the inability for businesses to employ the services of astute technically competent staff generally, and the failure to do thorough research required not only to improve their understanding of various policies, statutes and regulations but to also comply with them. These conditions are exacerbated by high rate of inflation, persistent depreciation of the local currency, unreliable energy supply, among plethora of challenges that plague our MSMEs accompanied by limited financial options to generate suitable financial resources to execute operations with a lower cost of money.

The Private Enterprise Federation since its establishment in 1994 as the apex business council and the lead voice of advocacy for the private sector in Ghana, has consistently seek avenues to improve not only the business enabling environment through dialogue with the Executive arm of government for policy consideration but has also engaged with the Parliamentary leadership to influence statutes and regulations that are considered in the august house. The Federation has been involved in projects geared towards several reforms in the policy space as well as reforms in the administrative agencies responsible for regulatory compliance relatively in the processes and procedures for businesses to obtain requisite permits, licences and certificates, in tax administration and payments and in the Judicial Services as well.

Going forward, the Federation is seeking to deepen its support to the development, growth and competitiveness of our local infant industries especially the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises,(MSME sectors). This support will include enhanced advocacy activities and more in-depth research to provide empirical data to support private sector advocacy positions and business operations in addition to link the availability and services of retired technically skilled professionals to assist the development and growth of our MSMEs.   

We recognise that there are pools of retired Ghanaians and expatriates domiciled in Ghana with rich technical skills, experience and practical knowhow who can help support the Federation’s activities to harness the growth of our local businesses across various sectors and disciplines, to become competitive, profitable to create jobs and wealth. 

In pursuit of this objective, the Private Enterprise Federation is soliciting the services of pensioners and retirees with succinct technical skills and competencies in various disciplines and sectors, who have idle time on their hands and will want to lend a helping hand to assist our MSMEs with variety of business development and technical services to grow their businesses.

Below is the framework for engaging the retirees: 

Interested experts in the various disciplines, professions and industries can register and identify the area(s) of interest at the Federation’s website by filling a questionnaire and advise areas of expertise and competencies with evidence to authenticate the claim, willingness to participate, times and location the person is available plus other  information pertinent to shed light on the person’s capability.

Criteria for Engagement

  • Must be a retired Ghanaian or Expat domiciled in Ghana not in a full time work related active service.
  • Must have requisite qualification, experience and knowledge in any of the area of interest listed above.

Costs, Payments & Remuneration:


The Program is virtually a PRO-BONO support to our MSMEs who need to be assisted to grow their businesses with technical support from this Expert program.

However, the cost of the Expert to and from home to the workplace of the beneficiary businesses will be covered by the respective beneficiary MSME after discussions and agreement between the parties.

The Federation will be a coordinator and facilitator of this arrangement BUT NOT RESPONSIBLE WHATSOEVER FOR PAYMENT TO ANY PARTY UNDER THIS PROGRAM.

 Interested Retired Executive Candidates should kindly click here and fill out the following Questionnaire

PRIVATE SECTOR BUSINESSES who wish to PARTICIPATE should click here and fill out the application forms


The Embassy of Colombia has requested the Private Enterprise Federation to invite its constituent businesses to take part in the 80th Business Matchmaking Forum in Medellin organised by the Colombian National Trade Office, from 16th to 18th March 2020.

Colombian manufacturers and producers will be supplying products in the following sectors: Agribusiness, metal-mechanics, chemicals, Industries 4.0 and fashion system.

Interested participants are kindly requested to register and be validated to participate as a Buyer by 17th January 2020 through the weblink below, and schedule business appointments with the Colombian exporters:


Kindly find attached an invitation letter and a detailed list of the available sectors.

For further information kindly contact the Embassy on 0302 798701/2

The Federation may be copied on any correspondence.


Download this file (colombia business matching 2020.pdf)ProColobia Invitation[ ]1565 kB



A cross-section of public and private stakeholders at the dialogue session

A key component of the BEEP accountability and advocacy project is the establishment of a public-private dialogue platform where duty bearers from public institutions are engaged by the private sector based on evidence from research and user experiences. The platform was set up to afford both sides the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions around reforms currently ongoing in the respective agencies under the BEEP project. Present at the meeting was the Head reforms at the commercial courts, Justice Gertrude Torkornoo, the Registrar General, Mrs. Jemima Oware and Mr. K.S. Mensah from the office of the Commissioner General, Ghana Revenue Authority forming the public sector team and as well as representative from various private sector institutions led by Nana Osei-Bonsu, CEO of PEF and a team from DFID to enrich discussions and promote the spirit of public-private partnership. The dialogue centre on the four key focus areas i.e. commercial court reforms, business registration, paperless port system and payment of taxes.

The discussions started with presentations from researchers at IEA and ISSER on their respective research areas and their findings. After their presentations the duty bearers were given the opportunity to respond to the findings and give assurances on the state of reforms and how issues are being addressed. The private sector participants were also given the opportunity to make inputs in the discussion on the findings and responses received.

Major highlights during the presentation was the not fully functional and cumbersome online business registration portal, the lack of an administrator to manage cases at the commercial courts, the slow implementation of the paperless port system and the replacement of the TRIPS with ITAPS for filing of taxes. In their response Mrs. Jemima Oware indicated that the RGD has taken note of the challenges faced by users of the system and putting in place measures to redesign the online business registration portal to make it user friendly, enable e-signature and online payment features after which they will embark on a massive public sensitization and education on the system to increase traffic on the system thereby reducing paper transactions in the offices of the RGD. She also mentioned that the coming into force of the new companies’ law will make the office of the registrar of companies autonomous and financially independent which also has been one of the main challenges of the Department. Justice Torkornoo on her part called for increased demand from the private sector in birthing the needed changes at the courts and also supporting the judiciary financial to embark on these reforms which will improve the business environment in so many ways and make Ghana an attractive destination for investments. GRA indicated that the rollout of the ITAPS is in its early stages and that a full rollout will commence beginning June, 2019 but in the mean time they have put in place measures to make the system robust and user friendly. The GRA-Customs on their part indicated that the paperless port system is fully operational due to expansion works at the Tema port which will take into consideration all the reforms ongoing and make the Tema port a truly paperless port except that currently there downtimes from the processing documentation from the compliance unit at the head office in Accra which causes some delays and also national security operatives who conduct random checks on cargo leaving the port for security reasons.

The first two meetings on May 28 and June 21, 2019 concluded with assurances from duty bearers to commit to the reform process and also further engage the private sector to achieve an enabling business environment. The last in the series of dialogue meeting will be held periodically during the project implementation to track progress of reforms.



Three Institutions Join PEF

The Governing Council of the Federation has approved the applications for membership from the following three  institutions who have since taken their seats as full-fledged members of the Federation:

1. Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools (CHOPSS)

2. Ghana Young Entrepreneurs (GYE)

3. Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) 



The Conference of Heads of Private Second Cycle Schools in Ghana (CHOPSS) is made up of over two hundred and eighty accredited Heads and Proprietors of Private Second-Cycle Schools.

CHOPSS mission primarily is to assist private second-cycle schools to maintain very high academic standards and also champion issues of concern to private high schools in Ghana.

Over the years, successive government policies have seriously threatened the existence of Private Second-Cycle Schools and thus see the need to align themselves with a bigger body to champion their course.

PEF had always advocated for the use of local businesses as case studies for the training of our future leaders and believes that having the training institutions as part of the Federation will heighten the need to start developing these local case studies and serve as a catalyst that will start the development of this initiative.  


Ghana Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (GCYE)

Ghana Young Entrepreneurs (GYE) is a non-governmental organization and comprise of young entrepreneurs in Ghana. 

Its mission is to connect, unify and build the capacity of young entrepreneurs across the country to encourage trade, advocacy for change and enhance entrepreneurial culture.

As one of the business groups that create tons of jobs but do not share in the business opportunities that are offered to other well-connected groups, the views of GCYE and its constituent members should be considered and accommodated at the highest levels. It is in the light of these constraints and other challenges that PEF is thrilled by their request for membership.   

Around the global community of practice, the emphasis for the future is directed at inculcating in the youth the proper methodologies of doing things, especially business and Ghana is no exception. It is imperative that we bring our young generation to the table to learn the rules of engagement and the merits of doing proper business to become profitable to create wealth and jobs whilst being in compliant with requisite statutes and regulations and PEF believes that enrolling GCYE into its fraternity will serve just that purpose.


Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) 

GIBA is the association of privately owned and independent authorized broadcasting organizations in Ghana with a membership of over two hundred members spread across the country.

GIBA’s mission is to proactively support and promote the independence, legal and economic interests of its members through the provision of top-quality research, advisory, advocacy, consultancy and advisory services.

PEF has always advocated for awareness creation and understanding by the business community of the plethora of policies, statutes and regulations affecting business operations in Ghana and believes the presence of GIBA in the family of PEF member associations and Chambers will give an additional window to enhance the discussions of the enabling environment much better. Further inclusion of GIBA at the table will allow for another medium of communication for businesses to learn of various innovative ways of running their operations.




A cross section of participants during the stakeholder consultation meeting in Accra

Private Enterprise Federation, (PEF) with the assistance of Star Ghana is engaging other stakeholders to form a strategic partnership to prevent and fight administrative corruption in Ghana, (the “SPPACG Project”). This will be a nationwide project that seeks to achieve the following objectives:
1.    A transparent, efficient, cost effective, and fair service delivery to the private sector and citizenry by the administering public institutions.
2.    Adoption of a mandatory electronic application system (at least two of the crosscutting licensing requirements).
3.    The generation of requisite data to support advocacy positions on the cost of corruption (monetary terms and denial of prompt service delivery) to the country.
4.    Well informed private sector and citizenry on their roles and responsibilities in preventing and fighting administrative corruption.
Findings in the Baseline Report have been confirmed and validated as follows:
a.    Legislative, regulatory and policy changes since 2013 means that rather than seven (7) cross-sectoral licenses, a business requires thirteen (13) cross-sectoral licenses, permits/certificates to operate in Ghana, particularly where such business has foreign participation in the ownership or workforce of the business.

b.    The Town and Country Planning Ordinance, 1945 (Cap 84) has been repealed by the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority Act, 2016 (Act 925).

c.    The Factories, Offices and Shops Act, 1970 (Act 328) has not been repealed. It has also not been amended since 2012, (the date of the PEF Report). It may however be complemented by other pieces of legislation in Ghana such as the Labour Act, 2003, (Act 651), Ghana National Fire Service Act, 1997 (Act 537), and Workmen’s Compensation Act, 1987, (P.N.D.C.L. 187) as amended, until it is overhauled to reflect current standards.

d.    With the exception of the Registrar Generals’ Department, there is absence of an electronic application platform in the other Administering Agencies.

e.    There still exist uncoordinated approaches to the approval processes.

f.    All the three Service Delivery Charters do not state the responsibilities of employees of the Administering Agency on the one hand, and that of the end users on the other hand. Such a clear statement of responsibilities makes for transparency and trust as the public is aware what duties to legitimately expect from the Administering Agency’s employees, and what options they have, should employees of the Administering Agency fail to deliver on these responsibilities. Such clear statement also enables end users know what is required of them in the permit/licensing and certification process. Such a provision is crucial to accountability and empowering the public to hold themselves and employees of the various Administering Agencies accountable for those responsibilities.

g.    All of the three Service Delivery Charters do not contain a checklist of the documents that applicants must present on applying for a license/permit/certificate nor the practices and procedures involved in such applications. Providing a checklist of the documents required and the processes involved makes for efficiency and prevents undue delays as applicants are able to cut out delay from non-submission of required documents. It also empowers the end users to assist the EPA in the delivery of efficient and cost effective services.

h.    All of the three Service Delivery Charters do not state the fees payable for the specific services to be provided, so the fees cannot be reviewed in this Report. A good Service Delivery Charter must stipulate the fees for each service, as this bolsters transparency, empowers the public to differentiate between approved and unapproved fees, and is crucial to preventing and fighting administrative corruption.

i.    All of the three Service Delivery Charters either contain no complaint redress provisions or ineffective complaint redress mechanisms. An effective complaint resolution procedure must state specific officials or contact persons to whom complaints must be addressed, and, timelines within which to address these complaints. This is an important part of an equal opportunity policy, and helps the Agency deal with complaints quickly, fairly and consistently. Sufficiently detailed complaint redress provisions and a customized complaint management software will aid in quick and effective resolution of disputes.

j.    Although the EPA Service Delivery Charter contains a provision that lists the services that the EPA provides and the timelines for the delivery of these services, the provision omits two of EPA’s key services and the timelines for these two key services – the issuance of EPA permit and EPA certificate.

k.    All of the three existing Service Delivery Charters generally state the Mission and Vision of the administering agency, but not the Objectives.

l.    The EPA’s Vision as stated in its Service Delivery Charter is too long, and thus not easy to remember/memorise. A good Vision statement should be short, simple and specific to the services that the Agency renders to the public. It should not leave anything open to interpretation, and should have ambition. This makes it easy for employees and the public to remember or memorize and to identify with.

m.    Two of the three existing Service Delivery Charters do not contain the logo/symbols of the Administering Entity. Logos are known to give an added sense of identity to an entity, and evoke some level of connection with its clients. The importance of a logo to the identity of an entity cannot be overemphasized.

n.    All of the three Charters do not stipulate timelines for periodic reviews. A good Charter must stipulate timelines for periodic reviews to ensure continuously improves its service delivery and that keeps up to date with the needs of the public.

o.    All of the Service Delivery Charters were not available online. There was also not evidence that these Charters had been publicized widely particularly in the media. A Charter cannot be effective unless end users are aware of its existence.

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