1D1F Secretariat holds stakeholders meeting with GSA

The One District One Factory (1D1F) Secretariat has held a stakeholders engagement with the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to ensure that goods produced under the programme meet the required standards.

The event themed, “1D1F enterprises meeting the requirement of standards”, discussed issues like application of standards to industry, road map to certification, packaging and labelling and measurement in industry.

Institutions present included Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Ghana Free zones Board (GFB) and some businesses who have registered with the 1D1F secretariat.

The National Coordinator of the 1D1F, Mrs Gifty Ohene-Konadu, speaking at the opening on Friday, said the application of standards would strictly enforce the credibility of the products churned out by the factories in other to increase local and international trade.

She said, “The President’s vision of an industrialised nation cannot be achieved, if the standards are not strictly adhered to,” adding that achieving economic growth through industrialisation required the adherence to strict standards in order to build fundamental block for new product development.

The coordinator said, “The country cannot continue to be an exporter of raw materials,” insisting that the cycle of poverty must be broken by adding value to the products.

The successful implementation of the 1D1F would eliminate rural-urban drift, address rural livelihood standards and improve the country’s foreign exchange earnings, she said, adding that “all these call for closer collaboration with the institutions to ensure that set targets are met.”

The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Ntim, said enough consultations had been held to ensure a sustainable raw material base for the programme to begin.

According to Mr Ntim, the ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) had provided enough quality seedlings through the district assemblies to be supplied to the farmers under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative.

Mr Ntim commended the 1D1F Secretariat for the programme and urged stakeholder institutions to play active roles to ensure that products under the programme meet international standards.

The Director General of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo, stated that the 1D1F programme had come to stay and urged for total commitment for its success.

He said, “no country can become self sufficient without manufacturing and exporting,” adding that, “prosperity comes from hard work and this can be achieved, if the 1D1F takes the centre stage”.

BY Lawrence Vomafa-Akpalu

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