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Formed in 1986, the Association of Small Scale Industries (ASSI) is an umbrella body for trade sector associations and district-based business groups in Ghana.
As the lead voice for micro-small enterprises in Ghana, ASSI supports it's members through:
- Policy Advocacy
- Training and Research
- Business Development and
- Financial Inclusion
Currently, over 15 national in character (with presence in more than 3 regions of Ghana) trade associations are members of ASSI, and over 50 local/district-based business groups. These make up combined individuals in excess of 1.2million. Notable national in character associations in ASSI include:
- Ghana National Association of Garment Makers (GNAGM)
- Ghana Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (GHABA)
- Ghana National Tailors and Dressmakers Association (GNTDA)
- Ghana National Association of Garages (GNAG)
- Ghana Electronic Servicing Technicians Association (GESTA)
- Cereal Processors Association of Ghana (CEPAG)
- National Air-condition and Refrigeration Workshop Owners Association (NARWOA)
- United Hairdressers Association (UHA)
- Ghana Barbers and Barbering Salon Owners (GABBSO)
- Ghana Progressive Hairdressers and Beauticians Association (GPHABA)
- Ghana Union of Professional Photographers (GUPP)
- Woodworkers Association of Ghana (WAG)
- National Association of Beauticians and Hairdressers (NABH), among others.
In 2018, ASSI developed a mobile USSD code (* 920*33#) *'Edwumawura Service'* to collect instant data on members across the country, and allow the general public to request for artisans nearest to them. As a private sector organization and member of the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), ASSI serves as the lead voice for micro enterprises in the less formal sector of the economy. ASSI is headquartered in Accra (within the premises of NBSSI Head office) with branches in all the regions of Ghana and over 115 districts.