The Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director of Ghacem, Rev Dr. George Dawson-Ahmoah has called on Government to as a matter of urgency inaugurate the Ghana International Trade Commission (GITC) to help the local Industry.
Rev. Dr. Dawson-Ahmoah who doubles as the Chairman of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana (GCMA) and the Chairman of the Association of Ghana Industries Tema branch, expressed concern over the increasingly unfair trade practices facing the local industry stressing that for the local industry to thrive and become a major source of job creation the GITC Board must start its work.
He was speaking in an exclusive interview with the media at a ground-breaking ceremony by Ghacem Limited to construct a modern Truck terminal in Takoradi at the old slaughter house premises.
The Truck terminal estimated to cost about 1.2 million Euros will be used by Ghacem bound cement trucks to and from Takoradi in a bid to enhance operations of the foremost cement manufacturer.
Rev. Dr. Dawson-Ahmoah reiterated that the project formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility of investing in the community it operates. With more trucks coming in, the expected revenue such as road tolls and taxes will be generated to develop the metropolis he said and called on stakeholders and the people within the area to give the necessary support.
Ghacem he said is commitment to the economy and the people of Ghana in diverse ways. He made reference to the recent payment of Ghc8m dividend to the Government for the 2016 financial year and the annual distribution of free cement under the Ghacem cement foundation, to support Educational and Health institutions throughout Ghana.
Till date from the inception of the Ghacem Cement Foundation, a total of about 500,000bags of cement have been allocated totaling about Ghc16m benefitting about 4,500 communities throughout Ghanaâ€ he opined.
On the Ghana International Trade Commission which was passed into law in September 2016, Rev Dr Dawson-Ahmoah explains as:The ultimate goal of establishing the GITC is to have a well-resourced, neutral, and independent decision-making agency that can provide speedy and effective redress to affected domestic industries etc where unfair trade practices or even fair trade practices resulting from trade liberalization have hurt these parties.
This protection is what the local industries need so as to be motivated to invest more such as Ghacem Limited.
Rev Dr Dawson-Ahmoah applauded the Ministry of Trade and Industry with this vision and willingness of the present Government to get the commission inaugurated. But, “justice delayed is justice denied” he appealed.
“The unfair trade practices in the country is one of the numerous challenges that the Government has pledged to address to enable industry thrive and become a major source of Job creation,” he further said.
Giving more details about the project, The Works Manager of the Ghacem Takoradi plant, Mr. Jorn Johansen announced the project is expected to be completed by mid-2018 and will have facilities such as eating place, restrooms, offices for distributors/customers and the Sales and Marketing staff.
He hoped the huge investment will spur economic development in the region with the influx of more trucks but less traffic.
Also present to witness and endorse the project was Mrs. Alberta Cudjoe, amember of the Council of State and Mr. KK Sam, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Secondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) who was optimistic the construction of the truck terminal will bring relief to the people within the municipality by curbing indecent parking of trucks in the area.
We are glad to have this project in our area because we believe it will improve our work on this enclave as the industrial enclave in the region facilitating economic activities in the municipality and Ghana as a whole he said and commended Ghacem for the investment.