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The President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi, says the Association has reached the point of changing Ghana from a destination point into the hub where new things are created through partnership.
He said, AGI has realized that, if a value is added to any raw material you find in Ghana, it will make all the difference, as such, it is poised to move forward to build a Skill Development School in collaboration with India’s Chamber of Marathwada Industries and Agriculture (CMIA), to provide technological skills to start manufacturing local car parts in Ghana soon.
Adu Gyamfi was speaking at the Ghana-India Business Forum, an AGI-HCI Collaboration dubbed; “Strengthening the Cooperation in Technology Transfer and Business Promotion”. It was organized by the AGI in Accra on July 3, 2018.
He said “Indeed, technology transfer is a tool of economic growth and business promotion which I cannot over emphasize today. But we as industrialists therefore believe that, technology support from the country of India can help Ghana for us to achieve the aim of H.E Nana Akufo-Addo’s Ghana beyond aid.
“This can happen….we don’t need no money from India, we need them to transfer their minds and technology to us. The world is not waiting for Ghana and we’ve had enough excuses, we need to rift in the technology and open ourselves and embrace it, thus here we are… AGI is about to move forward with our brothers and sisters from India,” he said.
In his presentation, the Director of Business Development at AGI, Mr. Johnson Opoku-Boateng, explained that, AGI instituted an annual Ghana Industrial Summit and Exhibition with the desire to see local industries participating more in the oil and gas industry and other strategic sectors of the economy.
He said, every year they brings in new dimension to make the programme more relevant and interesting for their numerous stakeholders and this year is going to be the 7th time the Association of Ghana Industries will be organizing its industry summit which is scheduled to take off from 18-20 SEPTEMBER, 2018.
According to Mr. Johnson, the aim of the summit is was to provide an annual meeting place for industrialists to serve as global platform for enhancing industrialization, assemble, interact and share ideas on innovation and technology as a way of moving the private sector forward.
He said, it also creates the opportunity to understand the potential for industrialization and to increase FDI, activate a massive promotion of Made-in-Ghana goods produced across the country and as well as appreciate modern technologies from various countries around the world.
“One major advantage of the industrial era is the exploitation of natural resources and adding value to create finished products that are needed for direct consumption. The summit will touch on many topics that will converge ideas on how to take advantage of international demand for high-end products to grow our industrial sectors,” he added.
Some of the topics to be treated at the summit will be “Value-addition prospects and available capacity in existing industries”, “Utilizing latest industrial technologies in production processes”,
“Harnessing the potential of renewable energy as a cheaper source of power for industrial growth”,
“Availability of power to feed the value-added industrialization drive”,
“Technology exchange programmes with international partners”
Some of the achievements of GISE Mr. Opoku-Boateng expatiated were the creation of enormous awareness and interest amongst industrialists on the benefits of industrialization, successful persuasions of strategic manufacturing partners operating from all over the world, that Ghana is the new haven for industrialization.
The rest were setting the stage for the One District, One Factory project implementation and the establishment of a knowledge sharing platform between Catalonia Trade & Investment and the AGI.
In a sideline interview with the CEO of Makola Institute, Comfort Oduro Nyarko, she intimated that the institute was established to be a world-class platform for transferring business skills to and from the marketplace for national development.
“Our mission is to provide basic business management and technological skills in our local languages to large numbers of market women and small scale enterprise operators and as well as to transfer practical experience, business survival and growth principles from the market place to corporations and institutions,” the CEO said.
She explained that, Makola Institute offers Free business training in the local languages, Low-cost consultancy services, Business advisory and advocacy services, Secretarial services, Seminars and Market-related policy research.
“We use the name “MAKOLA” to metaphorically symbolize markets all over Ghana and Africa,” Comfort Oduro Nyarko added.
Source: Sammy Adjei