Ms Mavis Ama Frimpong, Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, has appealed to the Association of Ghana Industries(AGI), to come out with proposals to help promote industrialization of the Eastern Region.
She also urged participants at the on-going Annual Review Meeting of the Association to consider the possible revival of the various defunct state owned enterprises that were established in the region during the First Republic .
Ms Frimpong assured that the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council(RCC) was interested in the promotion of Public, Private Partnership(PPP) to help process the vast raw materials available in the region to create employment for the youth and raise the incomes of people in the region.
She was speaking at Koforidua, when the national executive of the AGI paid a courtesy call on her to inform her about this year’s Annual Review Meeting of the Association currently underway in Koforidua.
Ms Frimpong observed that despite the many challenges faced by local industries due to the open economic policies of government, , there are a lot of opportunities which with commitment and good ideas, the AGI and the government could pool resources together to make Ghana a better place for residents in the country to do business.
Members of the Association urged the RCC to come out with incentive and stimulus packages to help attract industries into the Eastern Region, and also help the Association to establish an office in the region.
Dr Yaw Adu Gyemfi, National Vice-President of AGI said, the review meeting would consider the challenges facing Ghanaian Industries in the face of high tariffs, high taxes, growing unemployment, and the falling value of the Ghana cedi against other international currencies, and come out with proposals and programmes to work with government to reposition Ghanaian industries to be able to fulfill their mandate to the people of Ghana.
He said the review meeting would also come out with proposals to help promote industrial growth of the Eastern Region to help process the vast resources of the region.