Covid-19: World Bank Set To Partner GSS, UNDP In Business Tracker Survey In Ghana
As part of measures of assessing the negative effect of Covid-19 on trades in the country, the World Bank says it will be partnering with Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) to conduct a Business Tracker Survey which seeks track the impact of the pandemic on Ghanaian Businesses.
According to the Industry players, the survey will help reveal how bad the pandemic has hit hard on businesses and individuals across the country.
In a statement provided by the GSS, Government Statistician, Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim said “This surveying would also involve the use of telephone medium for interviews for collection of data, which will measure and identify the impact of the disease on large, medium and small-scale establishments operating in the country”
He added that the exercise will also evaluate measures put in place by businesses to lessen the effect of covid-19, as well as reinforce efforts made to build a better recovery for businesses.
“The survey will also assess measures put in place by businesses to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 as well as efforts to build a better recovery for businesses. The outcome of the survey will enable government and development partners come out with measures to alleviate the impact of the disease on businesses” he added.
Prof. Kobina Annim, also revealed that the outcomes from the study will apprise strategic guidelines in protecting jobs and maintaining advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The findings will also provide insights into keeping the promise of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) alive as a tool to handle future pandemics and protect jobs and businesses,” he said.
He assured holders of businesses that data collected will not be disclosed to the public.
“The data collection does not require payment of money, and under no circumstance should an establishment be required to pay any amount to any person” he noted.
Story by: Magdalene Maame Abena Serwaa Asante