Minister for Trades and Industry Mr. Alan Kweremanteng on Wednesday November 29, 2017 commissioned an Industrial Park at Yabiw in the Shama District of the Western region to kick start government’s policy on one region one industrial park.
The park christened “West Park” is the first of the many parks the Akuffo Addo government intends to have across the country.
The “West Park” will sit on a 405 acre land and is expected to house several businesses which will help with the employment drive of the Akuffo Addo Administration.
Mr. Kyeremanteng said when completed, the park will be able to attract investors who will not worry about land and other amenities to operate.
According to him the Industrial Park will house strategic industries to change the nation’s sources of revenue from the export of traditional cash crops and gold.
“This nation has depended on cocoa, gold and timber for over 100 years. Getting into the next century I believe we need to move beyond this commodities. That is why we are looking at new and strategic industries that can propel Ghana into the future. So this enclave will host a Petro chemical industry, an integrated bauxite industry, a chemical industry… we are looking at building a vehicle and automobile industry because in the late 60s Ghana was assembling vehicles even at that time why not today”.
Speaking at the same ceremony the Western regional minister Dr. Kwaku Afriyie expressed optimism the commissioning of the industrial park will open the flood gate for more industries to be established for them to utilize the natural resources which are in abundance in the region.
“It is my hope that this ground breaking ceremony opens the requisite channels for the large multinational companies to open their branches in the region. We believe that this park will bring on board strategic anchor industries… with the expectation of generating revenues to develop this region because looking at the mass resources this region has I strongly believe that when you develop Western region you develop the entire country”
He disclosed that the object of his administration is to make the region an industrial hub hence urged” industry players to take advantage of the abundance of raw materials and the availability of skilled manpower in the region”.
He assured of “the needed business environment for industries to grow”.
Nana Kwanima Wienu II, Chief of Yabiw on his part commended government for siting the industrial park within the Yabiw Traditional Council.
He charged managers of the park to first consider employing natives of Yabiw as it is the only way of compensating the indigence and also fostering a good company – community relationship.
BY: Stephen Cudjoe