‘Report Expatriates’

Ghanaians have been encouraged to be vigilant and report expatriates who are engaged in enterprises that are exclusively reserved for Ghanaians to authorities of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).

Edward Ashong-Lartey, Director in charge of Monitoring and Tracking Division of the GIPC, gave the advice during a regional sensitization workshop in Wa on Monday.

The move by the Centre is intended to protect and promote Ghanaian enterprises to the benefit of the citizenry.

The sale of goods or provision of services in a market, the operation of taxi cabs, the operation of a beauty saloon or barbering shop and the printing of recharge cards for the use of subscribers of telecommunication services are some of the enterprises reserved exclusively for Ghanaians.

Others include the production of exercise books and other stationery, the retail of finished pharmaceutical products, the production, supply and retail of sachet water and all aspects of pool betting business and lotteries with the exception of football pools.

Mr. Ashong-Lartey said the purpose of the sensitization workshop was to provide highlight on the implementation of the new GIPC Act 2013, and to also encourage Ghanaian businesses within the region to register with the centre and take advantage of the incentives provided in the Investment Act.

It was also to identify promotion investment opportunities in the region.

It called for project proposals and brief participants on the opportunities for them to submit projects.

The Director in charge of Monitoring and Tracking of GIPC projects said the Upper West Region has not benefited much from GIPC projects, hence GIPC’s intention to focus more on how to scale up its activities in the region.

He gave the sector by sector distribution of Registered Projects from 1994 to 2013 in the region as zero each for agriculture, export trade, liaison and manufacturing and one each for building/construction, general trading, services and tourism totaling four projects in the whole of the region.

Bede Ziedeng, Upper West Regional Minister, in his remarks, noted that the only way they could make progress was to invest in productive areas.

He appealed to GIPC to work closely with the National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs) since they formed the action points of society.

The regional minister urged the participants to take the workshop seriously in order to derive maximum benefits.

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