The USAID-funded Ghana Supply Chain Development (SCD) Program seeks to increase the sustainable participation of Ghanaian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and business service providers (BSPs) in the procurement of contracts with the oil and gas sector in Ghana. The program facilitates advanced level trainings, certifications, and access to procurement opportunities to increase local content development within this industry. By successfully establishing a dialogue with national and local governments, the oil and gas industry, and local business associations, strategic partnerships have been created to aid in the sustainability, longevity, and localization of the program.
USAID Ghana Supply Chain Development Program
Ghana SCD has trained 650 individuals from 254 SMEs and BSPs in 96 training workshops.
Small and medium enterprises have won over 78 contracts with oil, gas, and power companies.
Total value of contracts received by SMEs in oil, gas, and power industries.
550 people received industry-specific certifications from certified trainers.
"There can be no clearer example of our strongly-held view that local content is a worthy goal and can be mutually beneficial when there is a co-operative process of consultation and shared understanding."
—Gene Cretz U.S. Ambassador to Ghana
The Ghana Supply Chain Development (SCD) Program, a USAID funded program operated by PYXERA Global, works to improve the competitiveness of local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) operating in the oil and gas sector supply chain. The Takoradi-based program began operations in 2013 by conducting a thorough needs assessment. Through extensive meetings with stakeholders operating in the Ghanaian oil and gas sector, the Ghana SCD Program identified several key areas for capacity building and operational improvement in local businesses. Oil and gas industry players noted that local suppliers who bid for procurement opportunities frequently fell short of meeting industry requirements and standards for established policies and systems in the following areas:
- Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
- Procurement Best Practices
- Information Technology
- Quality Management
Local suppliers also lacked industry specific technical certifications. In light of these needs the Ghana SCD Program developed trainings for Business Service Providers (BSPs) and SMEs that specifically target these areas. The Ghana SCD Program focuses on increasing the capacity of BSPs to train SMEs in these key areas of need. In addition to targeting trainings directly at BSPs, the Ghana SCD Program contracts with local BSPs to run the trainings it has designed for SMEs. This multi-layered Training of Trainers model amplifies the immediate and long-term impact of the Ghana SCD Program. The training of these BSPs lies at the core of the program’s sustainability plan. When the Ghana SCD Program comes to a close, the BSPs that have received training and served as trainers for the program will be well equipped to continue developing the capacity of SMEs operating within the oil and gas supply chain and the wider economic landscape.
A Look Back on the SCD Program After Four Years
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