Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Bolgatanga, Aug 16, GNA – The Upper East
Regional Office of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) has held a day’s
public sensitization workshop on the ‘One District One Factory’ for small and
medium entrepreneurs and business promoters in Bolgatanga.
The programme, which brought together private
business promoters and associations as well as the Ghana Export Promotion Authority
(GEPA), was to afford the private business owners in the region the opportunity
to deepen their understanding of the policy.
Mr Maxwell Ansah, the Acting Upper East
Regional Trade Officer of MOTI, said the vision of his outfit is to develop a
modern, vibrant, technology- driven, competitive trade and industrial sector
that would contribute to inclusive and sustainable economic growth and
He said as part of government strategic plans
to industrialize the economy, the One District One Factory policy, which is a
private sector driven policy, is aimed at decentralizing the industrial sector
to the district level by establishing at least one factory in each of the 254
districts across the country.
The Acting Regional Trade Officer said the
policy when fully implemented would add value to the natural resources of each
district and exploit the economic potentials of each district as well as develop
local substitutes for foreign products.
Mr Ansah said the policy which targets
industries including the input or raw materials production cooperatives, agro
processing and businesses, textiles and clothing, ICT, pharmaceutical and
cosmetics, waste management, tourism, art and crafts, distribution and trading
and the construction industry has received low patronage in the region.
He said “out of a total of 345 bankable
projects approved so far across the country, the highest region was Ashanti
with about 79 bankable projects, whiles the Upper East Region has only four
viable projects in three districts including the Bawku West, Kassena-Nankan
West and Talensi Districts.”
“Bawku West District has proposed the
production of guinea fowls; Paga in the Kassena-Nankana West District- Shea
factory; and the Talensi District has proposed to have quarry and tomatoes
factories established,” he said.
He said the region has secured about 30,000
hectors of industrial land for the implementation of the policy.
Mr Ansah said the financial support that the
implementing banks would be given to the promoters would be in the form of
loans but government would pay 50 percent of the interest on the loan facility
for each promoter.
He asked small and medium enterprises and
business organizations to seek technical advise from the Ministry and its
agencies including GEPA, the Ghana Standards Authority, the Business Advisory
Centre among others to enable their businesses grow effectively for the
Mr Martin Akogti, the Upper East and Upper
West Regional Zonal Officer of GEPA, advised producers to pay attention to
quality branding as it created unique impression about the project or product.
He urged producers to add value to their
products to distinguish themselves by their quality, efficacy, reliability,
assurance and care to enable them to attract and retain customers to improve on