Thursday, 07 February 2013 14:59
Haruna Iddrisu, Minister designate for the Trade and Industry Ministry
The Minister designate for the Trade and Industry Ministry, Haruna Iddrisu, has promised to covert the Ghana Trade Fair Company into an international trade convention centre.
According to him he will look into the management operations of the Ghana Trade Fair Centre and improve upon its cooperate governance in order to create employment for people living in its catchment area.
Haruna Iddrisu made these promises when he appeared before the appointment committee of Parliament today.
He noted that the centre could be turned into a viable entity through a public private partnership to allow it enter into the hospitality industry.
Mr Iddrisu also pledged to pay all compensations to the owners and ensure that the original owners have some equity share in the facility.
On the revival of closed down factories, Mr Iddrisu said when approved, he would access a number of such factories and see if they would be useful and functional adding that it can only be done by facilitating trade in the country.
He promised to monitored foreigners in the retail business and ensure that they pay taxes by registering their business in the country adding that this is in line with the President vision was to identify Ghanaian businessmen to be able to resuscitate defunct industries across the country.
Haruna Iddrisu promised to review the Ghana Investment Promotion Council Act and the capital requirement to create opportunity for Ghanaian businessmen.
He said he would encourage Ghanaians businesses to operate in a harmonious environment devoid of foreign competition.
Mr Iddrisu called for the development of modern markets across the country..
Mr Iddrisu also pledged to protect Ghana’s exports and take decisions at the government level to protect the sector when approved.
On the competitiveness of products from Ghana on the international market, Mr Iddrisu stressed the need to add value to local products in order to compete on the international market, adding that he would do his best to improve standards of Ghanaian products.
He also promised to work closely with the ministry of Finance and the Revenue agencies to ensure that the needed taxes are generated.
The Minster Designate indicated that government would partner with the Private Sector in order to deliver growth and create the needed employment.
Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah & Richie Osei Asiedu)