The government says it has created over 57,000 job opportunities through its flagship One District, One Factory (1D1F) programme.
This was disclosed by the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen, at the Nation Building Updates in Accra yesterday (Thursday 8 October 2020).
Initiative creates jobs
Speaking on the theme “Industrialising Ghana, One District at a Time’’, the minister said: “One District, One Factory has created 18,811 direct jobs through the 162 1D1F companies fully in operation.
“Thirty-eight thousand five hundred and thirty-two additional direct jobs are projected through these companies with 120,520 indirect jobs and 247,383 projected additional indirect jobs.”
He said the number of jobs created through the initiative is likely to go up as the government is providing support to businesses to be set up across all 260 districts in Ghana.
The 1D1F policy is a private sector-led initiative that marks a decisive shift towards industry, with the idea of generating jobs in all parts of the country and securing more value from Ghana’s raw materials.
The initiative aims to ensure more sustainable food supply and create jobs for the jobless, while helping small-scale entrepreneurs across the country to advance their traditional processing of food crops, building materials and other items.
However, giving an update on the number of factories established so far, Kyerematen said that 232 out of 260 are at various stages of completion, with some operating at full capacity.
The factories cut across various sectors depending on the scope of operation, he said. He noted that 162 of these factories are operating as new factories. The remaining 64 are revived or expanded projects.