Over 150,000 jobs created under one district one factory initiative – Okyere Baafi

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The NPP government’s flagship “One district One factory” policy has so far created over 150,000 jobs across the country. That’s according to a deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Micheal Okyere Baafi.

The initiative, a key component of the Industrial Transformation Agenda of the Akufo-Addo led government was first introduced by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Presidential Special Initiatives during the Kufuor administration, as part of an integrated programme for Accelerated Growth and Industrial Development.

Originally designated as the Rural Enterprises Development Programme, and later rebranded as the District Industrialisation Programme (DIP), it was designed as a comprehensive programme for rural industrialisation and involved the setting up of at least one medium to large scale factory in each of the 216 administrative districts of Ghana.

The Programme seeks to address the challenge of severe poverty and underdevelopment among rural communities, through the establishment of an institutional framework that will attract private sector investments in rural development activities.

The initiative aims to achieve this through a massive private sector-led nationwide industrialization drive, which will equip and empower communities to utilise their local resources in manufacturing products that are in high demand both locally and internationally.

This will allow the country to reap the rewards of industrialization, increase agricultural and manufacturing output, reduce reliance on imports and increase food availability.

Providing updates on the operationalisation of the 1D1F policy, Mr Okyere Baafi said indirect and direct jobs in excess of 150,000 have been created since the programme was initiated.

“There has been a lot of achievements in this area. In the area of job creation, one cannot look down on it because a lot of Ghanaians have been employed under this policy. This is a private sector initiative that government only facilitates, so we don’t initiate them but rather facilitate. Through the arrangement, 153,782 people have benefited from this 1D1F through employment.”

Giving a breakdown of the jobs, he said “the direct employment has so far created 23,505 jobs, with indirect jobs being 130,277.”

Explaining further, he said the policy “is very phenomenal and everybody can attest to the fact that the 1d1f  has brought some change, some difference in the industrial sector of the economy because it is also creating a lot of improvements in the local economies of the urban and peri-urban areas where these initiatives has caused accelerated growth and transformation to lots of lives.”

SourceABC News

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