–urges Ghanaians to patronise locally ‘made
Hon Felicia Adjei, Member of Parliament for Kintampo has called on Ghanians and managers of the economy to embrace local manufactures efforts and patronize Made-In-Ghana goods.
According to her, Ghanaians should not be seen patronizing inferior goods mostly foreign goods but rather channel their resources to purchase Made-In-Ghana goods so as to support the growth of local industries.
Hon Felicia Adjei made the call when she delivered a statement on the theme,“Consume Made in Ghana Products” on the floor of parliament on Thursday March 14, this year.
“Mr. Speaker, the “consume made in Ghana Products” campaign encourages use of locally made products and increase industrial output of local products leading to the development and growth of industries. We are a nation blessed with natural resources, but we have failed to add value to what we produce as raw materials in order to promote export, and so, we do not draw enough value out of our resources.
Mr. Speaker, if we develop the culture of consuming made in Ghana products, then our local industries will expand large enough to go into external markets”,she stated.
The Kintampo lawmaker said, Made in Ghana products have higher prices compare to foreign products, because raw materials and labour are expensive compared to those of other countries, adding that importers of foreign products also under invoice low duties and tax purposes.
She further attributed high prices of local products to high cost of raw materials, high cost of electricity tariffs, high cost of labour and many mores that made the local produced goods expensive to Ghanaians.
MsAdjei therefore called n government to introduce local manufacturing friendly policies that would help to reduce cost of electricity and high interest rate on loans.
She said, “Mr. Speaker, while we mount serious campaign of consuming made in Ghana products, I wish to call on government to put policies in place that will limit importation of some goods and services especially those we can produce here in Ghana.This will compel consumers to buy what is made in Ghana.
“Mr. Speaker, Nigeria for instance stopped the importation of about 40 items according WTO 2016 reports. This has helped improve their trade policy. Ghana must implement a similar policy because we have the relevant human capital and the technology to produce some of the items we import into the country.
“Mr. Speaker, products such as ironing starch, mosquito coils, textiles and several others can be banned without imposing danger to the development of the country. If we prevent some importations, our industries will grow and may even export to earn foreign exchange,”she added.
She later told Journalists, the crusade is to strengthen the local industrialisation amidst the cloudy future of Ghana’s major export, cocoa and gold, which has continued to plummet at an impactful low record.
Ms Adjei who is a member of Gender and Children as well as Communication said, the rejuvenation of Ghana’s local made products would help combat the continued weakening of the wobbling economy and create jobs.
She reiterated her zeal to campaign for consumption of made in Ghana goods and urged the New Patriotic Party government led by Nana Akufo Addo to walk the talk on the economy than rhetoric.
“Mr. Speaker, while we mount serious campaign of consuming made in Ghana products, I wish to call on government to put policies in place that will limit importation of some goods and services especially those we can produce here in Ghana.This will compel consumers to buy what is made in Ghana.,” she stated.