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Title:The Growth and Development of Petty Commodity Enterprises in the Urban Economy: The Case of Tema and Tamale, Ghana
Author:Yankson, Paul W.K.
Periodical:African Urban Quarterly (ISSN 0747-6108)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Ghana
West Africa
private enterprises
middle-sized towns
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Urbanization and Migration
Economics, Commerce
Tamale (Ghana)
Tema (Ghana)
informal sector
Urban economics
Abstract:This paper discusses the pattern of growth of petty commodity enterprises in Tamale and Tema, two of Ghana's medium-sized and rapidly growing urban centres with different geographic locations and levels of socioeconomic development. The findings of the study, based on a survey of 487 enterprises carried out in 1989, suggest that an urban centre's location and level of socioeconomic development have an influence on the size, structure of employment and income opportunities in petty commodity enterprises. Secondly, the pattern of growth of petty commodity enterprises is conditional upon the nature of the internal strengths and weaknesses of the enterprises, as well as the general national economic envirionment in which they operate. The paper suggests that to ensure a reasonable level of growth in the petty commodity sector, the public sector must have an active and sustained interest in the enterprises operating in this sector of the economy. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.