‘G/A, E/R, highest beneficiary of 1D1F projects’

Gifty Konadu, Nat'l Coordinator, One-District-One-Factory secretariat

Gifty Konadu, Nat’l Coordinator, One-District-One-Factory secretariat

The Greater Accra and Eastern Regions are to be the biggest beneficiary of the One- District-One-Factory initiative as they currently have a total of 36 projects at various stages of implementation.
The Greater Accra Region has 22 while the Eastern Region has 14 projects, all underway.

This figure is almost double as the second and fourth largest beneficiaries of the project, according to figures presented in Parliament.

The Ashanti Region has 13 projects, there are 13 projects in the Brong-Ahafo Region,  the Volta, Western, and Upper West Regions have one factory each while the Northern and Central Regions have six and eight respectively and the only region with no project currently underway is the Upper East Region.

This prompted complaints from some Minority Members of Parliament (MPs) with the MP for Bole Bamboi, Yusif Sulemana saying “we want to find out if Upper East Region has done something wrong”.

The selection of projects was based on the expression of interest of business promoters and the private sector but in cases where it is clear that no interest has been established in a particular district with the government proposing to play an interventionist role.

In the unlikely event that no business promoter shows up to establish an interest in the Upper East, the government is expected to intervene with about 35 other projects going through further credit appraisals by the government’s technical team.

Three hundred and twenty-nine proposals for the construction of factories under the programme have been successfully screened by the Ministry of Trade and Industry after
receiving over 700 proposals for projects.

The One-District-One-Factory is expected to facilitate the creation of between 7,000 to 15,000 jobs per district, and between 1.5 million and 3.2 million nationwide by the end of 2021. – citinewsroom.com



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