Ghana, Mauritius Sign Pact To Produce Sugar Locally

sugar-cubesThe government is to sign an investment agreement with Omni Mauritius to establish a plant for the production of sugar locally, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu has said.

Though, he did not elaborate on the project, he said the plant is expected to be sited at Savelugu in the Northern Region, adding that the chief and people of Savelugu had offered land for the establishment of the factory.

Welcoming a 31-member Mauritius business delegation to Ghana, Mr. Iddrisu said the establishment of the plant would reduce the country’s import on sugar.

The members of the business delegation who are into agriculture, information communication technology and tourism lead by the Mauritius Vice Prime Minister, Xavier Luc Duval, is in a three-day visit to explore investment opportunities in the country.

The visit of the Mauritius business delegation is a reciprocal   of a similar visit embarked upon by President John to the country last year.

Ghana, he said spends $173 million annually on the import of sugar.

‘’The vision of government is for the country to become a net exporter of sugar in the foreseeable future,” he said.

He said Omni Mauritius has also expressed interest to enter into the production of ethanol and energy and the company had been offered sites at Daboya and Yapei for the project.

‘’I believe the visit of Mr Duval would help that seal the investment agreement between Ghana and Omni,” he said.

Mr Iddrisu expressed the hop the visit Mr Duval would help to deepen the bilateral and economic relationship between the two countries.

Mr Duval, who is the Finance Minister of Mauritius thanked the government and people of Ghana for their warm reception.

He said the delegation was not only in the country to explore investment opportunities but to tap the expertise of Ghana.

Mr Duval stressed   the need for South-South co-operation between Ghana and Mauritius, saying it would help boost trade between the two countries.

As part of the visit, the delegation would hold a business forum today at La Beach Hotel, meet with the ministers of energy, agriculture, tourism and creative arts and also hold a session with the leadership of Parliament and travel to Savelugu. By Kingsley Asare

 

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