IMANI: Shelve one-district-one-factory promise

Mr. cudjoe

Mr. cudjoe

The government has been adviced to shelve an ambitious industrialisation plan after several deadlines to roll them out have been missed.


It has been struggling to fulfil key 2016 campaign promises because the policy was not well thought out.


Franklin Cudjoe, President of IMANI Africa, who gave the advice, intimated that “propaganda during elections does not equate to reality, this was after the government said for the avoidance of doubt did not promise to build a factory in each district rather roll out spatial spread of industries and create jobs which will be achieved in collaboration with the private sector.


“The use of the word accreditation means the government is still preparing to roll out the President’s showpiece political promise and the narratives on the industralisation plan keeps changing, it will be better off by simply looking out for factories that are probably struggling already and give them support they need.


“The government can also focus on improving factors of production like land access, road network to spur private individuals to set up factories,  you cannot legislate them, people have to decide where they want to put them”, Mr Cudjoe cautioned.


Government indicated in July 2018, there will be a pineapple processing factory in the Ekumfi District, a pineapple and orange processing factory in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality, a cassava starch processing factory in the Fanteakwa District.

There are also plans for a cashew processing factory in Tema, a fruit processing factory in the West Akim District, a shea butter processing factory in Accra metropolis, an avocado processing factory in Ningo-Prampram and cultivation and processing of sweet potato into bread, chips and biscuit in Gomoa West.


In the manufacturing and distribution of pharmaceuticals, three factories have been marked for the Nsawam-Adoagyiri municipality, Accra metropolis and Suhum district.


There will also be an agricultural inputs manufacturing plant in Tema metropolis, garment factory in Accra and a tile and brick production factory at Tanoso in the Brong- Ahafo Region. –

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