Spio-Garbrah

To this end, government will introduce a major policy to encourage the patronage of local products as a way of boosting the capacity of local industries.

Spio-GarbrahBriefing members of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) about the roadmap of the Made-In-Ghana (MiG) campaign launched a year ago by President John Dramani Mahama, the minister emphasized that the government considered it as a major pillar in its administration to transform the economy.

“Cabinet is in the process of approving a policy on ‘Made in Ghana (MiG)’ products,” Minister of Trade and Industry Ekow Spio-Garbrah said.

“If approved by cabinet, the policy will, among other benefits, create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country as well as strengthen the fragile and relatively unstable local currency, which often collapse because we import almost everything for which we need to buy foreign exchange to pay,” Spio-Garbrah observed.

He urged Ghanaians and institutions of state to make conscious effort to support the domestic economy by patronizing products produced locally.

“This is a national campaign and, irrespective of one’s ethnicity, political affiliation, religion or whatsoever, we should do all we can to salvage our economy,” the Ghanaian trade minister said.

President for IFEJ, Mr Lloyd Evans bemoaned the preference for foreign products to local ones by Ghanaians.

Asian countries including China and Korea he emphasized closed their economies in their quest to develop by ensuring patronage of goods produced locally.

The IFEJ president observed no meaningful development can take place in Ghana if the country continued to depend of foreign products.

“This country cannot develop if we continue to depend on foreign goods. If we want to develop, we must take time to look at our own production,” Mr Evans remarked.

He tasked journalists in the country to join efforts by the government to sensitize Ghana on the need to patronize local products.

President Mahama in November 2014 launched the MiG campaign here at which he asked indigenous companies to place premium on the packaging, quality and delivery of their products to whip up the needed interest among Ghanaians.

He called for an attitudinal change among Ghanaians towards local goods and services, saying it was untenable for the country to use huge foreign exchange to import goods over which it had the comparative advantage to produce locally.

The MiG campaign, being undertaken by the government seeks to ensure the quality and durability of made-in-Ghana goods and services to change the negative perception among the citizens towards those products.

It also seeks to promote high standards and excellence in products and service offerings to increase patronage of locally produced goods as well as reducing Ghana’s dependence on imported products that can be produced locally.

So far, the Made-In-Ghana committee has introduced a logo for highly competitive national products of premium quality.

Source: Francis Tandoh

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