Trade and Industry Ministry technical adviser Dr John-Hawkins Asiedu said the government is partnering with the private sector to establish industrial enclaves in the country’s 16 administrative regions.
According to him, the move will provide an inclusive environment for businesses focused on light and heavy industries: such as agribusiness, clothing and textiles production, logistics and metal fabrication. He added that these enclaves will serve as a key measure to accelerate the country’s industrialization program.
Dr Asiedu brought this to light during the first edition of the LMI Holdings Industrial Trade Show (LITS) in the Tema Free Zone enclave, where he said: “One of the government’s flagship programs is “One region, one industrial park” initiative. As part of this policy, the government is aggressively working with the World Bank and other development partners to develop the city of Greater Kumasi, among others.
“We are working with important players in the sector to produce an enviable and viable policy that will make Ghana the hub of industrialization in Africa,” he added.
Dr Asiedu commended LMI Holdings for its efforts over the years in managing the Tema Free Zone Enclave and establishing the Industrial City of Dawa for Specific Economic Zones and other ongoing projects.
LMI Holdings Chairman and CEO Kwabena Aduhene said the industry show – the first of its kind – provides a unique platform for local and global businesses to interact and network to forge lasting collaborations.
He noted that industrialization is crucial for the country’s economic recovery in the era of the pandemic and called for more collaborations to develop industries.
Highlighting the ongoing developments, he said: “We want people to know about the industrial park and what we have to offer here: like electricity, internet connectivity, water and security, and the new industrial park. of 2,000 acres that we are building in Dawa. ; and we’re going to expand that ”.
Mr. Aduhene said the event will be held annually and expressed optimism that it will become the leading trade show for industry and manufacturing.
The show, which included a tour of the free zone enclave, was well attended by representatives of diplomatic missions, captains of industry, business groups and the Ghana Export Promotion Council (GEPA), among others.