The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) wants political parties to commit to addressing the lack of access to affordable credit in their manifestos.
The association contends this will help in addressing the many challenges of businesses occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Progressive People’s Party last week paid a visit to GUTA to understand challenges faced by the trading community.
GUTA used the opportunity to implore the PPP to ensure that they implement the laid out policies as captured in their manifesto if they win power.
President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng told Citi Business News that they will be elated if governments commit to ensuring that access to credit is readily available to its members.
“What we want all political parties to know is that, if you ask us three things that are very important to us now, it is all about access to affordable credit. The lack of it is what is working against the trading community as at now. Yesterday, we put this question before her (Brigitte Dzogbenuku, PPP flagbearer) and she also admitted the fact that we have to do something and the fact that if we compare it to other neighbouring countries then we have a lot more to do in order to become competitive in the sub-region.”
In election years such as this, political parties engage in activities to attract votes.
One of such is to outline policies which they intend to implement when offered the opportunity by the electorates to govern the country.
These manifestos usually contain laid out plans the party has for the development of the country and the growth of its economy.