The Executive Director GRATIS Foundation, Mr Emmanuel Asiedu has given a strong indication that Ghana can assemble all the needed machinery for the full implementation of the One-District-One-Factory policy.
In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, on the side-lines of a stakeholders engagement seminar on the policy, he said, the nation will not need to import machines to begin the project but Gratis can provide a range of machines of any kind for the project.
According to him, one one major challenge with the importation of machines has to do with unavailability of spare parts and lack of capacity to maintain them.
‘’We can assemble the machines here. It will create more jobs and the opportunity for us to build the capacity of people in the assembling of machines. It is high time we stop importing machines from abroad.’’
Mr. Emmanuel Asiedu revealed that GRATIS has been able to assemble machines for powder processing, chalk processing, gari processing, shear butter processing and fruit juice processing.
He described the policy as a laudable initiative that will create opportunities for Ghanaians hence the need for every Ghanaian to support the policy.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry he concluded, has engaged and promised to allocate some amount of funding to assist them in their work.
According to him, the Minister asked him to present a proposal and GRATIS will soon be given some GHc 1 million cedis to support them in their work.