Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen has affirmed that the government through the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) would continue to pursue measures which would make it possible for Ghana to assemble and manufacture vehicles locally.
The sector Minister directly recalled the significant role the Authority played in the development of national automobile standards under the Ghana Automobile Development Programme which is being implemented by the Ministry.
Additionally, Mr Kyerematen disclosed that the GSA has developed over 30 standards for vehicles.
“This has permitted the homologation of vehicles making it possible for Ghana to assemble and later manufacture vehicles locally,” he added.
Mr Kyerematen disclosed this when he inaugurated the governing Board of Ghana Standards Authority yesterday in Accra.
He congratulated the individual personalities for their nomination by His Excellency the President of the Republic to serve as members of the Governing Board of Ghana Standards Authority.
“This is a call to serve your country in a very critical role. I am convinced that this call to service would not be taking lightly, particularly to industrial transformation which has since 2017 become the main driver of President Nana Addo Dankwa Addo-Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid,” he said.
He stated that as they are aware, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, over the past four years has been implementing an aggressive Industrial Transformation programme, anchored on a ten point plan which seeks to make Ghana the new manufacturing hub for Africa.
In this context, he pointed out that the GSA which is Ghana’s national standards body, national metrology institute, national certification body for products and management systems which is also involved in trade facilitation at the ports of entry by carrying out inspection of goods being imported or exported plays a very critical role.
“It is in the light of the above that the Ministry of Trade and Industry has supported Ghana Standards Authority to strengthen its operations by acquiring the needed equipment for laboratories, building of Ghana and West Africa’s first AC testing laboratory, and procurement of equipment to check accuracy of fuel sold at retail outlets,” he noted.
Under the previous Board and the Management team led by Prof. Alex Dodoo, whom he described as a friend, Mr Kyerematen stated that GSA achieved a significant milestone through the publication of Ghana’s first ever Building Code.
He stressed that the Building Code, which was launched in 2018 specifies requirements for buildings, schools, roads among others, will give value for money in building.
According to him, government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry will continue to support the operations of GSA to continue to play its significant role in the implementation of flagship programmes.
He added that his outfit has the authority to implement the flagship programmes particularly the One District One Factory (1D1F) initiative, the Strategic Anchor Industries initiatives, Business Regulatory Reforms (BRR) programme as well as market integration frameworks such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), EU-Ghana Economic Partnership Agreement and Ghana-UK Trade Partnership Agreement.
To be able to improve the performance of this important organization, the Minister stressed that there is the need to adhere to sound Corporate Governance and this Board is charged to work with Senior Management to develop policies and procedures for prudent use of the Authority’s resources.
Finally, he indicated that the 2021 GSA Bill will be laid before Parliament this year for consideration and approval.