GIZ Aquapreneurship project launched in Western Region

Takoradi, Mrs. Hawa Koomson, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, says the Ministry has reviewed and expanded key policy areas all geared towards replenishing fish stock in the country. The reviewed policy, currently at the validation stage, takes effect in 2022 with specific goals, operational objectives and policy action points for attainment of set targets.

The Ministry, she added, was also at the final preparatory stage of the Marine Fisheries Management Plan for the 2022-2026 calendar year.

The Minister at the launch of the Promoting Aquapreneurship in Western Region Project implemented by the GIZ with funding from European Union and NORAD, said the aquaculture sector had been targeted as the means to close the gap between national fish demand and fish production.

The GIZ project falls under the Employment and Skills for Development in Africa programme.

Mrs. Koomson noted that the sector, mostly private led, required long term capital coupled with high cost of fish feed estimated at 70 percent of the total cost of production.

She said government intervention through Aquaculture for food and jobs was to help solve the emerging challenges in the sector.

Currently, the government initiative operates in 24 sites in 13 Regions for 16 youth groups, four educational institutions and four prison centres, she indicated.

“Our objective is to increase domestic fish production and create jobs along the value chain and as well as support farmers to form holding facilities, fingerlings, feed, training and extension services,” she added.

So far, 164 fish holding facilities, 328,000 fingerlings and 2000 bags of fish feed had been distributed to beneficiaries as start-ups.

The Minister said, “I am happy to announce that the Aquaculture for food and jobs project would be in full gear from 2022 to 2025 to enhance fish food and nutrition security in the country.”

Mr. John Duti, The Team Lead on the programme from the GIZ, said the project runs in seven African countries to promote and create sustainable employment through public-private cooperation with a special focus on women, youth and green jobs.

He said the project in Ghana since 2005 had implemented 18 projects with some private sector led businesses, giving over 2000 people some decent jobs, increased income, and improved working conditions.

He said developing fish farms along the coast of the Western Region between now and 2023 would not only reverse the current shortage in fish supply, but create jobs for 700 people, particularly youth and women.

Mr. Duti said the project would see the creation of 32 businesses, start-ups support such as tanks, ponds and processing facilities, solar mechanised water pumping machines, feeds and fingerlings.

The project would also provide motorbikes and laptops for the officers to assist with monitoring, training and data collection.

Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister, said the government introduced the close season in accordance with sections 76(3) and 84 of the Fisheries Act 2002(act 625) to reduce pressure and over exploitation of fish stocks in the Marine domain.

“It is good to note that the project will be spread across the four zonal areas of the Region under the supervision of the Fisheries Commission… I urged the beneficiary Districts to take charge of this intervention to create jobs and improve employment conditions”.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

2022 budget must give a big push on entrepreneurial drive and TVET education – Economist

Takoradi, An Economist, Mr. Emmanuel Wiafe, has encouraged the Government to pay attention to skills training, entrepreneurship and Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) as a solution to the unemployment situation in the country.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) ahead of the presentation of the 2022 budget, Mr. Wiafe, admonished the Government to give a big push on TVET education in the 2022 budget.

He said the Government must set up Funds and offer financial support to graduates of TVET to create sustainable business and employ more people.

This, he opined would go a long way to produce entrepreneurs who would not rely on the Government for employment in the public sector, but do their own businesses.

For its sustainability, he urged the Government to push and pursue policies that would create an ease environment for businesses to operate.

Additionally, Mr. Wiafe, a Lecturer at the Takoradi campus of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), also want the Government to review taxes on petroleum products downwards or removed to ease the pressure on the economy for businesses thrive.

He noted that the COVID-19 pandemic was still around and stressed the need for the Government to put in place policies that would aid the smooth recovery of the economy from the pandemic.

“We are still not out of the COVID-19 situation, we need policies for a smooth recovery of the economy, the Government must keep supporting small and medium enterprises to stand on their feet,” he stated.

He noted that though Ghana’s economy kept growing, the country could not own the growth because major contributors to the growth were foreigners.

The only way to own the growth, he said, was for the Government to support small and medium enterprises to a level where they could become multinational companies.

“The Ghanaian economy has been projected to grow between five to seven percent in 2022, but until we own the growth, people will not feel it,” he said.

The Economist said he expected the 2022 budget to lay more emphasis on the Government’s “Obatanpa” care project to cushion citizens against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On infrastructural development, Mr. Wiafe urged the Government to invest in the railway sector to link Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi to open up the transport network of the country.

That, not withstanding, he said the Government must also continue with its road infrastructure project, because most of the road network in the country were in poor condition.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Association of Ghana Industries calls for targeted review of benchmark value on imports

Accra, The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has called for a targeted review of the 50 per cent benchmark value to support the government’s industrialization drive.

It said the policy in its current form ran counter to the government’s own Industrial initiatives and had dire consequences for sustainable job creation prospects and the stability of the cedi.

“Instead of the universal application of the policy to all imports, AGI believes imports which come to compete with locally manufactured products be exempted from the policy,” Mr Humphrey Ayim-Darkey, Vice-President of AGI in charge of SMEs, told a press conference to announce their demands ahead of the presentation of the 2022 Budget statement.

Mr Ayim-Darke said it was important for the government to cushion local products for which there is local production capacity.

The government declared a 50% reduction on import values at the ports in 2019 to make trade through the ports more attractive and enhance revenue mobilization.

“These expectations were not met barely two years into the implementation,” he said, adding that it had instead weakened the local industries.

He urged the government to maintain the benchmark policy for manufacturers for their raw material imports to help grow the real economy.

“We support economic cooperation and multi-lateral trade, the reason why Ghana has signed a number of trade agreements.

But we also note that signing of trade agreements such as AfCFTA and the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA), alone will not guarantee the
gains we desire.”

These agreements also come with competition emanating from their duty-free quota-free clauses. With the advent of these trade agreements, it becomes more crucial to support Industry with the right policies in order to scale up local production capacity.

He said the benchmark policy had led to unfair competition and local manufacturing was collapsing with the influx of finished imports, which were equally enjoying the 50% reduction in their benchmark value.

Some of these imports to Ghana already enjoy significant export rebates from their countries of origin.

“Locally manufactured products including those for which Ghana already has local production capacity and comparative advantage have been under serious threat from imports,” Mr Ayim-Darke said.

The current implementation of the benchmark value also posed a threat to Ghanaian industries participation in the AfCFTA.

“The influx of cheaper imports is making the local production highly uncompetitive and discourage investment in the affected sectors,” he said.
Citing the example of the Palm Oil industry, he said the reduction in benchmark value of imported refined vegetable cooking oil would discourage potential investors for the oil palm sector.

Ghana cannot become a net exporter of crude & refined palm oil products to further increase its foreign income reserves. About $100m will be needed to import Crude Palm Oil annually if this policy persists.

He said a number of local rice brands were under pressure from imports, adding Avnash Industries, which has a 500MT of paddy per day rice mill located in near northern Ghana, was out of operation for about nine months on account of influx of rice imports coming to compete unfairly with local rice production.

He said the government’s commissioned Savelugu and Sefwi Akontombra
rice factories with investments totaling about GHc14 million risked becoming redundant if such large rice imports persist.

Mr Ayim-Darke said under the current circumstances manufacturers were finding it difficult to retain their employees with such influx of imports at cheap prices displacing their products on the market.

“The benchmark reduction policy in its current form could worsen the unemployment situation.

The future of our country and our youth should guide us in our quest to
promote policies that spur economic growth, industrialization and sustainable job creation.”

We wish to emphasize that AGI is not calling for a total withdrawal of the policy but rather a
selective application of the policy to serve a better purpose for the entire Ghanaian economy, he added.

Mr Ayim-Darke said the impact assessment and review of the benchmark policy must be done, taking cognizance the overarching framework of an industrial transformation agenda and fair-trade practices.

Mr Seth Twum-Akwaboah, Chief Executive Officer of Association of Ghana Industries, said the Association was also concerned about stability in the macro economic indicators such as the exchange rate, inflation and interest rate to help in planning.

He also called on the government to review the straight levy policy as it was unsupportive of the manufacturing sector.

Mr Twum-Akwaboah called for the extension of the zero tax regime for local producers of textiles.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

Ghana formally agrees to host 7th OACPS meeting

Accra, Ghana has signed a host-country agreement with the Secretariat of the Organization of African, Caribbean, and Pacific States (OACPS) to host its 7th meeting of Ministers in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Madam Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, signed for Ghana while Ms Cristelle Pratt signed on behalf of her organisation.

The meeting, set to come off from April 5 to 8, 2022, will be attended by policy makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders within the fisheries and aquaculture sector.

The overall goal of the meeting, officially launched in Ghana on August 24, 2021, is to provide a forum for the engagement of the highest-level policy and decision makers on fisheries and aquaculture resources development to provide strategic policy direction and guidance.

It is also to improve and strengthen fisheries governance and contribute to the overall sustainable development of members of the OACPS.

Madam Botchwey said following right on the heels of COP26, the upcoming meeting on fisheries and aquaculture would continue the discussions on the UN SDG 14 – life below water at the UN Ocean Conference to be co-hosted by Kenya and Portugal, as well as the seventh ‘Our Ocean Conference’ to be hosted by Palau next year.

The visit of the OACPS Assistant Secretary and her team, she said was the first in a number of visits expected from their secretariat to assess Ghana’s preparedness towards hosting the meeting.

As part of the activities of the visit, Madam Botchwey said the team would inspect conference and hotel facilities and hold meetings with various stakeholders.

“We expect the report of this visit to highlight the strengths as well as the weaknesses in our preparations to help us put adequate measures in place towards a successful event next year,” she added.

On her part, Ms Pratt said although fisheries have high nutritional value and contributed to economic growth, harmful fishery practices that were unregulated as well as pollution and climate biodiversity and COVID-19 placed fish lives under pressure and undermined production in marine life.

She said it was a cross-cutting challenge that could not be dealt with by one country, even if the country intensified its local initiatives.

The meeting would, therefore, deepen the relationship with member states, enable them to share experiences, and promote good ocean governance, she said.

She commended Ghana for signing the agreement, saying, it was a significant milestone that would ensure that the objectives of the meeting were met.

Ms Pratt gave an assurance to work closely with the Ghanaian Ambassador to Belgium, Mrs Sena Siaw-Boateng, and other stakeholders to successfully implement the meeting.

Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, said the signing of the agreement was a confirmation of Ghana’s acceptance to host the meeting, reiterating that it was a crucial milestone that Ghana would take advantage of.

She gave an assurance that the Ministry would continue to collaborate with the OACPS Secretariat and others to ensure that Ghana made a position impact at the programme.

Ghana and many parts of the world have for years been battling unregulated, uncontrolled, and unassessed fishing activities that affect the blue economy and marine life.

Meanwhile, marine life is a source of revenue generation, health promotion, and hunger reduction.

This called for the need to organise the meeting to deliberate for strategies to control the operations of stakeholders in the fishery and aquaculture sector.

 

Source: Ghana News Agency

G&W Electric annonce le tout nouveau Réenclencheur Teros™ pour l’isolation des défauts à grande vitesse

Cette toute nouvelle solution intelligente améliore la fiabilité et la résilience du réseau, atténue les risques de panne et s’intègre facilement aux réseaux électriques existants

BOLINGBROOK, Illinois, 10 novembre 2021 /PRNewswire/ —G&W Electric, fournisseur mondial d’équipements d’énergie électrique depuis 1905, a annoncé aujourd’hui le lancement de son Teros™ Recloser qui est disponible pour les marchés en dehors des États-Unis et du Canada. Capable de fonctionner avec une variété de configurations dans n’importe quelle application, le nouveau réenclencheur Teros est conçu pour améliorer la fiabilité du système et la résilience du réseau. Ce nouveau réenclencheur fournit une protection contre les surintensités pour les défauts temporaires sur les lignes de distribution aériennes et réduit les pannes de réseau à long terme.

« La fiabilité du réseau concerne tout le monde, partout dans le monde, du foyer moyen aux usines entières et aux systèmes de télécommunications. Les résultats ne sont pas seulement gênants, mais économiques », a déclaré John Mueller, président et propriétaire de G&W Electric. « Pour mieux atténuer les perturbations et gérer un service électrique fiable, les améliorations apportées à la technologie des réenclencheurs sont impératives pour garantir une réduction des pannes de courant généralisées. Aujourd’hui, les réenclencheurs sont indispensables à la fiabilité du réseau d’un service public. »

Le nouveau réenclencheur Teros offre une large gamme d’avantages et s’adapte à la plupart des configurations, malgré des exigences très différentes d’un pays à l’autre. Ne nécessitant pas d’huile ni de SF6, le réenclencheur Teros élimine le besoin d’entretien de routine et améliore la sécurité du personnel. Diélectrique solide et à commande électronique, Teros a été testé sur le terrain pour sa fiabilité en matière de commutation de charge et de protection contre les surintensités. Que vous cherchiez à améliorer ou à étendre les systèmes et les capacités du réseau, le Teros offre aux services publics des conceptions prêtes à l’emploi pour les systèmes électriques nouveaux et existants.

« Avec l’augmentation de la population et de la demande d’une énergie fiable, associée à de nouvelles constructions, à une dépendance à la technologie et aux effets du changement climatique, les services publics travaillent dur pour éviter aux clients les dépenses et les inconvénients de pannes fréquentes », a ajouté M. Mueller. « Les réenclencheurs sont devenus la solution du marché mondial pour l’expansion et la modernisation des réseaux de distribution pour une alimentation électrique plus fiable. »

Le système Teros est conçu pour réduire la quantité, la fréquence et la durée des pannes sur les réseaux aériens, notamment les lignes de distribution principales, les circuits de dérivation de distribution et les sous-stations. Légers et compacts, les modèles Teros prêts à l’emploi fournissent tous les supports, parafoudres et transformateurs de tension nécessaires pour faciliter l’installation. En outre, ce nouveau réenclencheur est prêt pour l’automatisation du réseau électrique, ce qui simplifie les besoins futurs en matière d’automatisation.

Pour en savoir plus sur les défis de la résilience des réseaux électriques dans le monde, téléchargez le dernier livre blanc de G&W Electric intitulé « Réenclencheurs : Sauvegarder la fiabilité du réseau électrique, réduire les pannes de réseau et augmenter la fiabilité en fournissant une protection de qualité contre les surintensités sur les lignes aériennes. »

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