Govt fulfilling 1D1F promise – Trade Minister

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan John Kyerematen, has said government’s plan to facilitate the construction factories in every district is rapidly on course.

Addressing the chief and people of Gomoa Oyaandze in the Central Region over the weekend, Mr. Kyerematen noted that very soon, President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo-Addo would travel around the country to commission such factories under the One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative.

President Akufo-Addo’s administration has come under criticism for the slow pace the One District, One Factory initiative, a major campaign promise, is being implemented.

However, Mr. Kyerematen at that forum explained that the factories would be delivered.

“Almost every week, the President will commission one factory. Ghanaians will see that they have a leader who is not in office to deceive them,” he assured.

The minister also told the people of Gomoa they would receive a starch factory, similar to the one in Bajiawse, also in the Central Region.

Over the weekend, President Akufo-Addo inspected ongoing work at the Casa de-Ropa Ltd, which is envisioned to be part of the One District, One Factory initiative.

The project is being supported by the EXIM Bank, and is located at Gomoa Beadze, near Winneba.

The factory is sited on a 500-acre land, and currently has over 100 acres of sweet potato under cultivation.

The factory also has developed five dams to irrigate the farms, and thereby ensure all year farming.

The company processes Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato into four main products namely, ‘Nature’s Harvest Potato Bread’, ‘Nature’s Harvest Potato Crisp’, ‘Nature’s Harvest Potato Chips’, and ‘Nature’s Harvest Potato Biscuits.’

Recently, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP) indicated that 19 factories have so far been completed nationwide under the One District, One Factory initiative.

In August, President Akufo-Addo said a total of 36 factories were at various stages of operationalisation.

The first factory under the initiative was inaugurated in Tamale, a motorcycle assembling plant located at Lamashegu which is a public–private-partnership between the government of Ghana and a Chinese private company known as Motorking Company Limited.

So far the Ministry of Trade and Industry has screened 329 proposals for the construction of factories under the One District, One Factory programme.


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