July 13, 2018

National Kaizen/NBSSI program yielding huge results

Two women entrepreneurs, in Ghana’s export sector, Mrs Francisca Brenda Opoku of Beauty Secret/Solution Oasis fame and Mrs Linda Roberta Azantilow Kankoh of Group Nallem, have expressed refreshing revelations of major improvements, the Kaizen initiative of JICA has impacted in their individual enterprises.

Speaking on Moomen Tonight on GBC24, the two ladies thanked Mrs Kosi Yankey and her outfit; National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) for bringing improvements in their individual enterprises.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) launched the National Kaizen Project in October, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre.

This was as a result of the successes chalked during the pilot phase in the Ashanti Region where over 36 Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) upgraded their management, improved quality and productivity.

According to the Senior Representative of JICA, Mr. Norihito Yonebayashi; “The National KAIZEN Project is a three-year Project aimed at developing the capacity of NBSSI to provide Business Development Services (BDS) including KAIZEN methodology as one of the BDS to the MSMEs in Ghana.

KAIZEN is the key for maintaining international competitiveness as KAIZEN possibly enables making innovation happen”.

In all, 46 Business Advisory Centre (BAC) Heads in the four target regions; Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern and Central will undergo intensive training in the KAIZEN Methodology.

The first advanced KAIZEN training successfully carried out in Kumasi-Ashanti Region to build the capacity of the BAC Heads who were taken through the basic KAIZEN during the first phase of the Project. The training comprised a week-long lecture and four weeks of On the Job Training at the MSMEs.

Mrs Francisca Brenda Opoku said that, “As a result of introduction of KAIZEN tools to support product packaging at the syrup section of one of products at Solution Oasis, the productivity of syrup production per worker has been increased considerably.”

On her part Mrs Linda Kankoh said, “The introduction of the production control board at Nallem Clothing, enabled all the workers to know the delivery schedule of law material and finished products.”

She continued, “This has enhanced their efficiency to produce at the right time to meet the needs of customers.”

“Another example is the elimination of wastes at the production centre, which has resulted in increased efficiency of workers in the manufacturing of products.”

The Country Representative for JICA, Mr Nirohito Yonebayashi, said, “For easy implementation of the Project activities, 2016 was dedicated to the Northern Region, 2017 for Brong Ahafo and 2018 for Central Region.”

Adding her voice, CEO of NBSSI, Mrs Kosi Yankey, said, “Ten (10) pilot BAC Heads and 6 enterprises were selected for basic KAIZEN training in Northern Region. Preparation for implementation is in progress.”

It is expected that through the National Kaizen Project, a total of one hundred and ninety MSMEs are benefiting from the Project in the three regions, and the competiveness of the MSMEs in the four regions is enhanced to enable them compete internationally. It is also expected that the capacity of the MSMEs can be further enhanced to enable them contribute towards stimulating of growth in the national economy.


National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) is the apex government body for promotion and development of the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector in Ghana.

It was established in 1985 by Act 434 of 1981. It is one of the key agencies of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI). It operates in ten (10) Regional Secretariats in one hundred and seventy (170) Business Advisory Centres (BACs) in Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.

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