BY BENJAMIN TANDOH
THE REPUBLIC of Hungary has reiterated its commitment in supporting Ghana’s industrial sector to boost its economy.
The support is expected to deepen the friendly tie between the countries and improves business activities between the two.
Speaking at the 3rd Ghanaian-Hungarian Business Forum held in Accra last Friday, the Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mr Péter Szijjártó, said one of the areas they will focus on is the ‘One-District, One-Factory’ policy by the government to improve industrialisation in the country.
Mr Szijjártó expressed the opinion that industrialisation that was the best way to improve the economy of the country, hence their support.
“Every country has to have a strong industrial sector and that is why we are ready to contribute to the success of yours,” the Hungarian Minister stressed.
He added that his country would support Ghana in the areas of food processing, water, and Information Technology, saying “we have very skilled and experienced technical people to handle this.”
The Hungarian Minister called for serious measures by world leaders to address the economic and security challenges in the world, and was optimistic that their relationship with Ghana will help develop the economies of both countries.
He further urged Ghanaians to continue trading with their Hungarian counterpart, adding that, “Business with Hungary means business with a successful country.”
Also speaking at the event, the Minister for Business Development, Ibrahim Awal Mohammed, urged the business world to take advantage of the government’s incentive to develop their business.
He mentioned that the government is dedicated to create about two million jobs for Ghanaians, and argued that, “unemployment is a treat to national security.”
“Our government is a private sector led government, we don’t want to do things the normal way. Our budget for next year is for jobs by unleashing the opportunity to take the pressure of Ghanaians,” he said.
He further added that the main priority of the government is to develop the agriculture sector, which according to him, would provide more jobs for Ghanaians.
“This year, in the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ about 201,000 farmers were engaged and creating 500,000 farms,” he disclosed.
He further added the government will embark on a massive infrastructural development to help promote businesses in the country, saying, “We can’t do a proper business without solid infrastructure.”
Mr Mohammed urged Ghanaians to challenge the government to deliver on its promises, as well as, to support the government to develop the country.