AGI Calls On Gov’t To Purchase 30% Of Local Goods And Services
government to spend at least 30% of its purchases on locally made goods and services produced in the country.
This, he believes, will go a long way to boost Ghana’s economy and wealth creation for the local manufacturers. It will also enable the local producers/manufacturers to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.
Nana Afari made the call at the e.tv Ghana Made-In-Ghana public forum in Accra. The forum, which was attended by some business leaders, regulators, policy-makers and general public deliberated among other things on how to push the Ghanaian businesses onto the international market.
The e.tv Ghana, a private TV station which organizes the Made In Ghana forum every September each year aims at promoting the consumption of locally made products and to engender improvement in the quality of Ghanaian goods.
Nana Afari urged the Ghanaian government to emulate the shinning examples of countries like Nigeria, which are protecting their local industries from unbridled competition.
In his own words: ‘We should not open up the economy to all sorts of inferior products to the detriment of the growth of our local industries. We need our government to hold our (local businesses) hands as other developed nations are doing to their local producers and manufacturers.’
He noted that the private sector as the engine of growth could only function when present and successive governments are committed to putting the right policies in place to fuel the growth and development of the private sector.
Nana Afari added: ‘The state should allow the private sector to be the engine of growth, but the government’s role is critical. This is because it is the government’s policies that create the right conditions necessary for growth and development.’
He also used the occasion to appeal to the local manufacturers to build the needed capacity to be able to produce products that would meet international standards.
Nana Afari stated the stage was now set for the government to support the private sector to bring the millionaires and billionaires in the Ghanaian, noting for the past years government had been sensitive to the private sector’s concerns.
The AGI president was happy to say: ‘We are currently talking to government on various levels on how to develop the private sector’. This, he said, had inured into government’s introduction of the Private Sector Development Strategy Programme and the Ghana’s Industrial Policy.’
A South Africa-based Ghanaian Professor of UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) in South Africa, Prof. Douglas Boateng lamented over Ghana’s excessive importation of goods ranging from confectioneries, ICT devices to textile products when the country is well endowed to produce them.
The General Manager of Global Media Alliance, Ernest Boateng, said the call to patronize locally made goods ‘does not require much of a lifestyle change because there are so many made in Ghana products available in the country.
‘If we are not careful these industries will collapse. Let’s buy and create jobs in Ghana,’ he said, and noted that e.tv Ghana had set out to facilitate the improvement and patronage of locally made goods. But he underscored that standards of locally made products must not be compromised.
The Head of Public Relations at the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Mr. Amposah Bediako said the Authority believed Ghanaians had the capacity to produce to meet internationally accepted standards but indicated that some did not have the patience to go through the needed certification requirements in order to operate efficiently.
The Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Adutwumwaa Herbal Bitters, Madam Julian Adutwumwaa mentioned delays in the issuance of certificates for drugs, and high fees charged by the GSA as the major challenges facing the herbal industry.
She, therefore, appealed to the government to resource the Authority to ensure that it performs its regulatory function well.
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