TRADE AND INDUSTRY MINISTERIAL ADVISORY BOARD INAUGURATED
A 13-member Ministerial Advisory Board (MAB) to help the Ministry of Trade and Industry realise its vision and trade policy objectives has been inaugurated. The Board is expected to offer advice at the highest level for effective decision making, co-ordination, monitoring and evaluation.
At a ceremony to swear the Board into office, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, who is also the Chairman of the Board, reminded the members to be guided by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Manifesto upon which the party was elected into government.
According to the Minister the foremost priority of his ministry is to put in place the policy framework that will help businesses expand and create jobs. He thus took the opportunity to brief them on the ten point strategic direction of the Ministry aimed at rapid industrial transformation of the Ghanaian economy.
Hon Kyerematen noted that this transformation will be anchored on the ‘One District, One Factory’ policy, industrial revitalisation programme (through the provision of stimulus packages for economically viable but financially challenged), the establishment of strategic anchor industries and industrial parks, industrial sub-contracting exchange, public-private sector dialogues, among others.
The members of the Board who come on board with a wide array of expertise and experiences include Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah and Robert Ahomka-Lindsey, both Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry; the Chief Director of the Ministry Mr. Dawarnoba Baeka; Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankwaosu I, President of the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI); Mr. James Asare-Adjei, President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and Mr. Patrick Nimo, a Policy/Project Management Consultant.
The rest are Nana Osei Bonsu, Chief Executive Officer of Private Enterprise Foundation (PEF); Barima Dr Ofori Ameyaw I, President of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA); Adelaide Ahwireng, Chief Executive Officer of Fio Enterprise Ltd and a Board Member of the Ghana Revenue Authority; Anthony Sikpa, the President of the Federation of Ghanaian Exporters (FAGE); Adu Dankwa; and Nana Amaniampong Marfo, MP for Afigya Kwabre North.
The Ministerial Advisory Board is a mandatory statutory body for all Ministries in line with Section 39 of the Civil Service Law 1993, PNDC Law 327.