NBSSI partners JICA to use ‘Kaizen’ to improve businesses

Caesar Abagali, GNA

Tamale, July 15, GNA –
The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) has in collaborating with
the Japan International Cooporation Agency (JICA) to use the ‘Kaizen’
technology in business setups to improve quality and productivity.

Kaizen is based on
making little changes to improve quality, productivity, safety and
effectiveness as well as reducing waste and some tools used in Kaizen are; five
S (5S) and seven (7) Wastes Elimination.

Major challenges faced
by MSMEs in Ghana bother on poor quality and packaging of products, so they are
unable to compete favourably with imported products.

It is in line with
these challenges that NBSSI went into collaboration with JICA in 2012 to
implement the NBSSI / JICA Kaizen Project to make MSMES in Ghana more

Mr Eric Affram,
Northern Regional Manager of the NBSSI speaking at the closing ceremony of a
seven week basic Kaizen training for students from the Faculty of Agribusiness
and Communication Sciences of the University for Development studies (UDS)
stressed the importance of the training to UDS and NBSSI.

He said the training,
which was conducted under the NBSSI/JICA National Kaizen Programme also
partnered the Faculty of Agribusiness and Communication Sciences (FABCS) of UDS
to train 16 of their students on Basic Kaizen every year as their internship

He said the UDS
students would be equipped with the requisite knowledge and skills in KAIZEN
methods to exploit the opportunities of employment or start-up business through
practical application of knowledge/skills obtained after completion of school.

The students would
also practically impart their Business Development Services skills acquired to
MSEs they work with, which would improve business development in the country.

He said the training
content for the students include; computer Skills (Picture Management, Radar
Chart, Shapes and Layout Designs and Other Charts), Enterprise Diagnosis, SWOT
Analysis, 7 Wastes (Muda) Identification, (Five S) 5S, Industrial Engineering (Minor),
Visualization, Kaizen Methods, Quality Control among others.

Madam Risa Yokoyama,
the coordinator for the Kaizen project expressed the hope that Kaizen
collaboration with NBSSI would yield the needed results and advised the UDS
students to take the training seriously to guarantee them self-employable

Some of the students
who spoke to the GNA expressed gratitude for their involvement and assured that
they would utilise the experiences gained during the training.


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