Monday 22nd August, 2016
Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, Aug 22, GNA – The former Chief
Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Dr Gideon Quarcoo,
has called for a viable pharmaceutical industry to impact positively on the
health of the people and contribute to socio-economic development.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in Accra,
Dr Quacoo said industrial development of the pharmaceutical sector in the
sub-region would contribute to improved public health outcomes.
He said the development of the industry was
based on the principle that all manufacturers supplying pharmaceutical products
to the people should ultimately meet international standards of production.
Dr Quacoo said it was important that ECOWAS
came out with a harmonised economic policy to pull all the various countries
together to catalyse their industrial development.
On agro-products, he said value addition was
essential to stabilise products against any price volatility on the global
He noted that it would be prudent for the
various countries within the West African sub-region to pool their resources
together to meet the huge global market demands.
Dr Quacoo, who chaired the national planning
committee of the maiden ECOWAS Industrial Summit in Accra, said the summit was
historic and that its objective was to help accelerate the industrialisation
and private sector development of West Africa.