Ghana has 45 out of 181 operational factories from its current government’s promise

A Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay has indicated that there are currently 45 of the One District One Factory projects operational.

The Deputy Minister of Trade, Robert Ahomka-Lindsay

He said that this is out of 181 projects already on the drawing board.

Mr Ahomka-Lindsay said 22 of the 181 projects are under construction, the remaining projects are set to commence implementation before the end of 2019.

The projects set to commence by the end of 2019 include small scale processing facilities, common user processing facilities financed from sources ranging from local private finance initiatives (PFIs), African Development Bank (AfDB) and CNB facility.

According to the Deputy Minister, 52 of the total factories are existing ones while the remaining 129 have been categorised as new.

Speaking on Citi TV, he said the ministry expects all the 181 factories to “be up and running” by the end of 2019.

The Deputy Minister also explained that “none of these companies is fully owned by the government.”

“They are owned by the private sector. In fact, the President was very clear that it was going to be led by the private sector. Early on, in the journey, a number of people thought that the government was going to build these factories and create more [white] elephants. Government is not very good at managing businesses.”

He said the government is providing an enabling environment for these private businesses.

“Right now, we have to provide the impetus for industries to do the job,” he said.

The government, therefore, has plans to facilitate access to credit, provide tax and non-tax incentives and also put in place district implementation support teams.

The government is also subsidising interest rates, which Mr Ahomka-Lindsay described as a “key intervention”.

“One of the most difficult aspects of business is the cost of capital. It is very expensive. There are wonderful things we have done in the reduction of the interest rate… So one of the key intervention the government has done is to subsidise the interest rate for these businesses so that they end up paying just 10 percent of interest rate to the bank. This is a direct intervention to support them and not us running the business.”

The ‘One District One Factory’ initiative is designed to support the establishment of at least one industrial enterprise in each of the 260 Districts as promised by the New Patriotic Party ahead of its 2016 election victory.

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