Tullow moves to bridge access to finance gap for SMEs

Madam Cynthia Lumor Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) has begun a series of engagements aimed at bridging the access to finance gap to ensure effective participation of local suppliers in the petroleum industry.

The first of the series, which brought together seven financial institutions and local suppliers on June 4 was to help the suppliers idenifty and find solutions to the challenge presented by the lack of finance.

The Director of External Affairs, Social Performance and Local Content at TGL, Ms Cynthia Lumor explained that access to finance has been identified as a major challenge facing indigenous companies in the oil industry in Ghana.

She noted that the country has been producing for almost 12 and half years now but the oil and gas industry is still very new by any comparison.

Speaking at the seminar on “Access to Finance” for about 215 indigenous companies, she noted that looking at the different components of the industry, supplier development was a big part because when the suppliers grow, their businesses grow, jobs are created and there is more revenue for government in terms of taxes.

She deduced that companies can have all the skills in the world, build all the capacity, but in a capital-intensive industry like theirs, if they do not have access to financing, it becomes very difficult to participate in the supply chain.

She said TGL has been getting feedback that access to finance is one of the stumbling blocks for a lot of these companies and received requests from many of the banks to have access to local suppliers who need finance. Ghana News Headlines

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“Tullow has a shared prosperity aspiration and believes firmly that the country’s hydrocarbons must be a catalyst for growth.

Therefore, as part of the catalyst solution, we thought it necessary to bring together the two sides; those who need the financing and our seven banks to share their attractive packages with potential suppliers to our sector,” she said.

She stated the seminar was the first in a series to offer the local companies and the banks the chance to begin to network. The participating banks included, Fidelity Bank, GCB Bank, Cal Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Stanbic Bank, Barclays Bank and SG Bank Ghana. The seminar It was to share with the local companies Tullow’s payment cycle in order to guide them when negotiating for finance, […]

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