ACCRA, 30TH AUGUST 2022 – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the European Union-funded West African Competitiveness Program (WACOMP) and the Ministry of Trade and Industries (MoTI) organized a two days training on Food Safety, Quality standards and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for 30 “One District One Factory “ companies.
Selected Production Heads and Quality Assurance Officers from 1D1F factories across the country operating in the cassava derivative and fruit value chains took part in the training.
Mr. Frederick Gyamera Owusu, WACOMP National Quality Infrastructure Expert, who was the trainer said issues of conformity to standards, product regulations and product safety, in general, have become key considerations influencing the choices of today’s consumers and many markets require products reaching their regions to have acquired certain certification, quality or at minimum, be registered by national conformity bodies.
Mr. Owusu said: “The training to improve quality, hygiene and efficiency of 1D1F enterprises will impact the quality and safety of final products manufactured by the factories as GMPs are designed to minimise these risks associated with production and to improve product quality.”
Mr. Charles Kwame Sackey, Chief Technical Advisor of UNIDO noted that:
“WACOMP collaboration with MoTI and the 1D1F Secretariat to train experts in quality assurance aims to build competence and support MSMEs build a robust quality infrastructure particularly for new entrants to improve quality and food safety at processing plants.
”Mr. Kofi Addo, the Chief Commercial Officer and Head of Government’s flagship ‘One District One Factory (1D1F) Initiative inder the Ministry of Trade and Industry said: “The 1D1F initiative seeks to transform Ghana’s Industrial landscape and so this quality initiative between UNIDO and the secretariat is of key importance to Ghana.”
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.
For more information about UNIDO, please visit: www.unido.org
About One District One Factory
The One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative is the vision of His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to change the nature of Ghana’s economy from one which is dependent on the import and export of raw materials to one which is focused on manufacturing, value addition and export of processed goods. These raw materials are largely found in the districts which would have otherwise gone waste.
The initiative as proposed by His Excellency supportdo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is private sector-led.
Government creates the necessary conducive environment for businesses to access funding from financial institutions and other support services from Government agencies to establish factories.
Ghanaian entrepreneurs will thus own the companies, operate them and bear all the risks and rewards of the projects.
For more information please visit: One District One Factory – 1D1F