Spio-Garbrah: I don’t have a magic wand to turn things around overnight

President Mahama’s nominee for the Trades and Industry Ministry, Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah says he does not have messianic powers to solve the problems confronting the country’s Trade and Industry sectors.

Credited with great experience in finding market for the products of various countries all over the world, Dr. Spio-Garbrah is believed to be the man work to scale up exports to correct Ghana’s Balance of Payment deficits which is slowing down economic growth.

But responding to questions from members of Parliament’s Appointments Committee Wednesday, August 13, 2014, the former Communications and Education Minister said people should be moderate in their expectations of what he can do.

According to him, although he may introduce creative ways to get things done, he is not coming in with magical powers to change things overnight.

“I certainly do not see myself coming in with the magic wand… There are already a number of commitments- laws, policies [strategies] in place- and it’s a matter of implementing them and enforcing them to the best of our collective ability,” the former Ghana Ambassador to the United States stressed.

Dr. Spio-Garbrah said his concentration will be on ensuring that existing policies at the Ministry are implemented to ensure that the business environment is congenial to attract investors.

He stressed the importance for government to focus on industries whose raw materials are produced locally such as gold, timber and cocoa, to add value to them.

The former CEO of Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation however, said those who have “high cost structures” will be assessed and given the needed assistance to enable them stay in business.

His huge pedigree, having served at the communications directorate of the World Bank and the African Development Bank as well as Hill and Knowlton, the renowned PR firm in the US made a huge impression on Ghanaians. Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Jerry Tsatro Mordy | [email protected]

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