Sharing their experiences at the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) fund Information Sharing Forum in Accra, the grantees said the fund has enabled them to identify issues, develop proposals and responses, influence policy makers and do follow-ups appropriately.
The forum is to showcase achievements of the grantees and disseminate experiences on successful advocacy.
The forum would also trigger discussions on how advocacy enhances private-public collaboration to promote economic development.
Mr Obed Yaw Asamany, General Secretary of the Ghana Cooperative Susu Collectors Association said the BUSAC grant advocacy action platform has made it possible for the Bank of Ghana (BOG) to mandate the association to regulate and supervise operations of Susu collectors.
He said the image of the association has greatly enhanced their recognition from the BOG and other stakeholders.
Mr Kofi Turkson, President of the Ghana Association of Medical Herbalist said as a result of the advocacy action plan the Ministry of Health is now integrating trained medical herbalist into the health care system.
śAs at October 2012, 26 medical herbalists have been posted to 14 health facilities across the 10 regions... Integration of herbalist into the health system has created an employment avenue for people.ť
Mr Nicholas Gebara, BUSAC fund Manager said the fund is a multi-donor funding mechanism funded by DANIDA, USAID and the EU that allows the Ghanaian private sector to advocate changes to legal and regulatory frameworks that hinders the growth and development of the private sector to contribute to increase revenue generation and economic growth.
śWe have supported business associations and farmer based organisation, trade unions in effectively conducting research, building their capacity to advocate... an enabling environment to improve the production and competitive capacities of their members. We are of a strong belief that this can only be achieved through joint collaboration between the public and private sectors as true partners,ť he said.
Mr Emmanuel Sackey, Programme Officer of DANIDA said his institution is happy that its support had been beneficial to the private sector.
Mr Peter Trenchard Director of Economic Growth of USAID said the success chalked out by grantees is inspiring, adding that he is delighted that grantees now have the power of advocacy.