Promoting local enterprises is best bet for sustainable growth – Alan

Trade Minister Alan Kyeremateng has said in order to create jobs and build a prosperous Ghana, there is the need to promote local enterprises.

He believes this is the surest way to propel economic growth.

He said this while speaking at the 2021 orientation programme for Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Executives (MMDCEs). 

“Promoting local enterprises is the only guarantee for sustainable growth of the economy, creating jobs and building a prosperous Ghana,” he said.

He further indicated that the government is going to create more jobs through a ten-point comprehensive and integrated programme.

As part of the programme, there is going to be a stimulus package for existing local industries, the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative, Strategic Anchor Industries Initiatives, Industrial parks and special economic zones, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Development.

It also includes the establishment of  Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) which will see to the restructuring and rebranding of the National Board for Small-Scale Industries (NBSSI) into Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) under the GEA Act.

The following are some of the priority products being promoted under the National Export Development Strategy:

1. Processed cocoa
2. Cashew (processed and in-shell)
3. Horticultural products
4. Oil seeds (processed)
5. Fish & fishery products
6. Sugar
7. Natural rubber sheets
8. Aluminium products
9. Articles of plastic
10. Textiles and Garments
11. Pharmaceuticals
12. Aluminium Products
13. Iron and Steel Products
14. Automobiles and Vehicles
15. Oil Palm Products
16. Industrial Salt
17. Petro-chemical Products
18. Machines and Machine Components
19. Industrial Starch

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