17th May 2024

President Akufo-Ado commissions the business centre

A new business resource centre has been commissioned by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Kadjebi, in the Akan constituency of the Oti Region.

 

The centre is to promote and support the national industrialisation agenda of the Akufo-Addo government, and will serve as a one-stop-shop for business development and investment in the constituency.

 

It will also serve as information repositories, which will provide a full range of world-class business development services to potential and existing entrepreneurs, particularly those linked to the One District, One Factory (1D1F) initiative.

 

Already, 67 business resource centres are being constructed across the country, and are at various stages of completion, at an estimated cost of $8.58 million, covering the cost of infrastructure and equipment.

 

Thirty-seven of the centres have been completed, whilst contracts are currently being awarded for the commencement of construction of the remaining 30.

 

Support for 1D1F

 

It will be recalled that, in November last year, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, indicated that “the BRCs will offer support services to contribute to the One-District-One Factory initiative, including adopting a more transformative approach to strategically integrating rural informal smallholder raw material supply base into corporate entities along various commodity value chains that have been identified to be relevant the 1D1F projects.”

 

The Minister added that “it would also serve as the intermediaries to facilitate the organisation and establishment of the relationship between various actors in these value chains.”

 

With all districts in the country going to be beneficiaries of the newly constructed and equipped BRCs, Alan Kyerematen stressed that “Ghanaians will begin to understand that this government is serious about developing the private sector at the district level to help us address this challenge of unemployment.”

 

Beneficiaries

 

The operations of the BRCs will be regulated by the National Board for Small-Scale Industries. The 37 districts and municipalities where the BRCs have been constructed are: Ahafo Ano South West District, Asante Akim Central Municipality, Atwima Nwabiagya Municipality, Obuasi Municipality, Sekyere East District, Sekyere South District, Ejisu Municipality, in the Ashanti Region; Asunafo North Municipality, Atebubu-Amantin Municipality, Dormaa Central Municipality, Tano South Municipality, Techiman Municipality, in the former Brong-Ahafo Region.

 

Others are Agona West Municipality, Assin Fosu Municipality, Awutu Senya District, and Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem Municipality, of the Central Region; Asuogyaman District, East Akim Municipality and Kwaebibirem Municipality, of the Eastern Region; and Ada East District and Weija Gbawe Municipality, in the Greater Accra Region.

 

The rest are Sagnarigu Municipality, West Gonja District, Yendi Municipality, in the Northern Region; Bawku Municipality, Builsa North District and Bolgatanga Municipality, in the Upper East Region; Jirapa Municipality, Sissala East Municipality, Wa Municipality, in the Upper West Region; Hohoe Municipality, Kadjebi District, South Dayi District, South Tongu District, in the Volta Region; and Sefwi-Wiawso Municipality, Shama District, and Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality, in the Western Region.

The President exchanges pleasantries with some of the traditional leaders
Front view of the ultra-modern business centre

Source: Daily Statesman

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