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The member of Parliament for Mfantseman Constituency, Hon Ekow Quansah Hayford has allegedly been shot dead. According to reports, he was shot by armed robbers when he was returning from a campaign at Nkusukum on the Mankessim-Abeadze Duadze road on Friday 9th October, 2020 around 1:00am. Confirming the news, the NPP first vice constituency Chairman Wofa Yaw said they were were returning from a campaign tour when armed robbers attacked them. The body has since been deposited at the Saltpond Mortuary. Meanwhile, the police has commenced investigations into the incident.

Government says 232 out of 260 factories under its flagship 1D1F industrialization program are near completion with some operating at full capacity.

Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyerematen who announced this at the Nation Building Updates held in Accra on Thursday, September 8, 2020 also disclosed that “through the 1D1F government’s initiative, 76 projects have been completed and are in full operation, 107 projects are under construction, 36 are ready to commence constructions and 13 are in the pipeline to be financed by the Private Finance Initiative (PFIs)”.

He was speaking on the theme “Industrializing Ghana; One District at a Time, the Trade and Industry Minister noted the 1D1F agenda is the key to Ghana’s structural transformation. He said it is about time the country moves from an agrarian economy to an industrialized economy and in doing so, government will provide the necessary support to businesses to achieve this agenda.

The 1D1F is a private sector-led initiative envisioned by President Akufo-Addo to create the necessary conducive environment for businesses to access funding from financial institutions and other support services from government agencies so as to establish factories and production units in the various districts of the country.

It seeks to change the structure of Ghana’s economy from one which is dependent on import and export of raw material to one which is focused on manufacturing, value addition and export of processed goods by processing raw materials found largely in the 275 districts of the country into finished or semi-finished goods.

According to him, 162 of these factories representing 72% are new companies whereas the remaining 64 are existing companies who were rolled onto the program.

Highlighting the role of the program towards Ghana’s transformation, Mr. Kyerematen noted that the program is “here to stay” and therefore, the country must be inward looking and self-sufficient in certain specific production by adding value to our natural resource endowments to promote import substitution and thereby conserve our scarce foreign exchange.

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