The Government has been tasked to play a leading role in the patronage of Made-in-Ghana products as local industries strive to achieve better quality standards.
A consultant to the Technical Vocation Education Training (TVET), Dr Henry Akplu, who made the suggestion, however, explained that the government should only patronise goods that met high quality standards of production and health and safety benchmarks to promote excellence.
He said the government could not promote skills development and turn round to import items that were produced locally.
Dr Akplu was addressing the “Comfort Ntiamoah-Mensah Memorial Forum,” on TVET, organised in Accra on the theme: ‘Building a solid foundation for TVET in Ghana – A situational analysis”.
He urged the government to meet its responsibility of cushioning industry to meet local and international standards.
He cited Cabinet’s approval of the policy for the promotion of locally produced goods and services as a step in the right direction.
Dr Akplu, therefore, urged civil society organisations (CSOs) to support the initiative to make Ghana’s products competitive on the international market.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Establishing a wider stakeholder approach to TVET: Reviewing the status quo and the role of CSOs’, Dr Akplu urged CSOs to work in synergy for the right environment to be created for skill development.
He advocated the introduction of skills standardisation, licensing, regulation and certification on the practice of trades by artisans, technicians and technologists.
“CSOs should engage with industry and professional bodies to push this agenda and push away from the low-skills equilibrium trap,” Dr Akplu advised.