President of the National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I, is among those pushing for local business partnerships.
At a breakfast meeting to discuss prospects of his suggestion in Kumasi, he revealed that a communiqué will soon be issued to the government on progress made with efforts towards collaboration.
“We will tell the government we are ready…this is how far we have organised ourselves so help us, because this is a win-win situation,” he said.
The government has said it wants the private sector to spearhead its One-District-One-Factory’ policy.
Members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry are seeking to collaborate with the state to implement the initiative to address unemployment.
Nana Dankawoso I believes it is critical to form strong alliances to explore opportunities presented by the setting up of factories.
“Don’t sit and think you can do it on your own, partner each other either with varying skills and expertise or same to take advantage of the programme,” he stressed.
He cited Ntonso, Bonwire, Eahwiaa as areas enriched with creativity that can be better tapped through partnerships.
Kumasi Chamber President, Yaw Boakye Yiadom, also emphasized the need to tap into abundant natural resource in the Ashanti Region.
“God has given us enough natural resource which should be a comparative advantage for the region. How do we harness and take advantage of some of this creativity given us by the government? ” he said.
The event, hosted by the Kumasi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was under the theme was ’’ Positioning Ashanti Region to Take Advantage of the ‘One-District, One-Factory’ Policy by Government’’.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Council has set up a special desk to provide information on government’s one district, one factory initiative.
Regional Coordinating Director, Yaw Asubonteng says, it will create a one-stop shop for information bank and a directory to facilitate the implementation of the policy.
“Information about people seeking partnerships and resource locations and even available land is being provided,.” he revealed.