Review Public Procurement Act — Former AGI President

Nana Owusu Afari PixThe immediate past  president of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Nana Owusu-Afari, has called on government to review the Public Procurement Act to make it obligatory for its agencies to source at least half  of their goods and services from local producers.

That, he said, would boost local production of goods and spur the growth of local industries.

Nana Owusu-Afari made the call at the association’s investiture dinner held for its new executives.

The 14-member Executive Council, which has representation from all the 10 regions, will serve the association for two years.

In his address, the outgone president said: “Reviewing the Public Procurement Act to make it compulsory for government agencies to source at least 50 per cent of goods and services locally would be a good omen to local entrepreneurs and boost local production.”

He said: “If internal markets are created for locally produced goods and services, there will be boom in industrial growth because imports will be curtailed, foreign exchange will be saved, jobs will be created for the youth, wealth will be created, all for the good of the country.’’

The Public Procurement Act 663 (2003) was enacted to, among other things, bring sanity and conformity to public procurement by instituting bodies and principles that harmonise the public procurement process and activities.

Nana Owusu-Afari commended government for withdrawing the special import levy in the 2013 budget, as a fiscal measure to address the budget deficit.

“The withdrawal of the levy, which was imposed on raw materials imported into the country, has been a big relief to manufacturers,’’ he said.

The outgone AGI president encouraged Ghanaians to patronise made -in-Ghana products to boost local production.

Outlining some of the achievements chalked by the AGI under his four-year tenure of office, Nana Owusu-Afari said the association had gained a lot of international exposure for the past four years and had also become an international brand.

In addition, he said, the membership of the association had increased astronomically over the same period, saying AGI currently has 1400 registered members across the country. By Kingsley Asare.

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