BY KOJO ANSAH
THE EASTERN Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfuor, has hinted of banning the wearing of suits and foreign dresses to work at the Regional Coordinating Council and all municipal and district assemblies in the region.
According to the minister, very soon, in consultation with the Municipal and District Chief Executives, it would be made compulsory for all staff members to wear only made-in-Ghana dresses.
The intent is to promote made-in-Ghana products to boost the economy and create jobs.
“We want to make the wearing of made-in-Ghana outfits a culture in the Eastern Region. Very soon, in consultation with my chief executives, we will decide and take a bold and firm decision to make it compulsory for all our staff from Monday to Friday, not the Friday wear, to put on only made-in-Ghana attire.”
The Regional Minister said this last Thursday during the launch of Eastern Region 2017 Trade Fair and Exhibition scheduled to be held from September 19 to 24, 2017 at the Koforidua Jacksons Park on the theme ‘Brand Eastern for Export.’
The event is expected to be patronised by over 500 entrepreneurs, craftsmen, manufacturers, producers, service providers and other stakeholders from all the 26 districts in the region to showcase and market their products and services.
The Regional Minister said Eastern Region is endowed with various agro-products, particularly mango, vegetables and palm oil, which can all be processed for export.
The representative of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Mr Kobina Ebo Quayson, said the ministry had outlined a 10-point industrial agenda aimed at transforming the entire industrial landscape of the economy with processing of raw products being a key part.
According to him, the government is also providing stimulus package through an industrial revitalisation programme to revamp defunct factories, while efforts are being made to address all bottlenecks suffocating the private sector.