The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is to enter into a strategic partnership to produce jute sacks in Ghana.
This is expected to commence with the importation of jute fiber and sewing of the sacks locally.
This was disclosed yesterday by the president when he delivered his second state of the nation’s address in parliament.
He also disclosed that he had directed the Board and Management of the Electricity Company of Ghana to encourage the local manufacture of electrical products like cables, transformers and meters.
He said he has tasked the Minister of Trade and Industry to request the Export Development and Agriculture Investment Fund to extend assistance to local investors for increased production of poultry, rice, tomatoes, cooking oil, and fish.
President Mahama said financing has also been finalized for the construction of a new sugar processing plant in Komenda in the Central Region, adding that government was in discussion with a private sector investor to establish another sugar processing plant in the north near Savelugu.
” I have also tasked the Minister to speak with the operators of flour mills and introduce incentives for production of composite flours that incorporate more local flour from products like cassava, maize and sorghum,” he added.
President Mahama hinted that work on the integrated bauxite and aluminium industry, including the revamping of VALCO would commence this year.
On education, President Mahama called for a nationwide support for the Education Ministry and the Ghana Education Service as they take steps to implement a programme aimed at an immediate and comprehensive redeployment and redistribution of teachers.
He also urged Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives, as well as MPs and community leaders to take active part in the efforts to address issues of education at the district and community levels.
He also hinted that government would before the end of this year, announce a formal process to convert ten of our polytechnics into Technical Universities.
He assured that “government will continue in its efforts to rebrand technical and vocational education and give it the important attention and support it deserves in the development of our nation. ”
Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)