A team from the Ghana National Chambers of Commerce and Industries (GNCCI) has paid a courtesy call on the Upper West Regional Minister as part of its two day working visit to the region.
The team, led by the President of the Chamber, Nana Dr Appiagyei Dankawoso I, was welcomed by the Regional Minister, Dr Hafiz Bin-Salih, the Deputy Regional Minister, Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku and the Regional Coordinating Director, Mr Gilbert Nurri-Teng.
Nana Dr Dankawoso I urged the Regional Minister to support the business community in the region to enable them to contribute their quota to the development of the region and the nation at large.
He said the crucial role of the private sector to the provision of jobs cannot be overemphasized hence the need for the government to create an enable environment for businesses to thrive.
“If you look at the workforce of Ghana, the government employs only six per cent of the workforce and it’s the private sector which employs about 94 per cent.
And so to speak, the government cannot do any meaningful thing within the nation without the private sector. So people say the private sector is the engine of growth”, he indicated.
He also commended the Minister for his part in supporting the private sector in the region and said he would be an ambassador of the region to the rest of the country.
On his part, Dr Bin-Salih touted government’s projects and policies aimed at improving the private sector of the economy including; the One-District-One Factory (IDIF) policy and urged investors to leverage on the potentials of the region, particularly, the cotton and shea butter industries to build factories.
“One area that I will want you to consider is the One-District-One-Factory policy of the government. People misconstrued that policy. The idea is for the private sector to lead and there are many opportunities here in the Upper West Region.
We have cotton, we have cashew, we have she nuts, and we have maize and millet. We need factories in the region to process all these and I believe strongly that if you take the lead to establish a factory on the Upper West Region you will not regret”, he stated.
Dr Bin-Salih did not mince words to acknowledge the crucial role of the private sector to the development of the nation’s economy.
“The private sector is the engine of growth, for there to be any significant growth in our economy then the private sector must be thriving, that is why it is the agenda of the government to ensure that the private sector finds things easy and appropriate so as to be able to function”.
We need the active participation of the private sector in this region, therefore it is the desire of the regional Coordinating Council that many more businessmen will come from around the country to operate and invest in the Upper West Region”, the Regional Minster added.
He assured the team that government was working assiduously the get the Wa Airport and the Regional Hospital completed and commissioned on time to serve investors coming into the region.
Dr Bin-Salih also noted that the Upper West Region was one of the most peaceful regions in the country and invited investors to come and invest in the region.
The Chamber president emphasised the need to regularly visit the northern part of the country to ascertain progress of businesses in the area saying it contributed significantly to the socio-economic development of the nation.
The team also interacted with some smock weavers and shea butter producers in the region to ascertain their challenges and how the GNCCI could help to mitigate those challenges.