President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially commissioned the Kasapreko Water, Juice and Soft Drinks Factory, a company operating under Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative.
The factory has the capacity to produce some 35,000 bottles per hour of juices and non-alcoholic soft drinks, and 15,000 bottles per hour of water, working at full capacity.
According to the President, the factory will employ 300 people directly, and also generate some 3,000 indirect jobs through the supply chain.
He applauded the company for sourcing 90% of its packaging materials domestically, as bottles, caps and cartons are all produced in Ghana.
At a ceremony at the premises of the company at Kwadaso, in the Ashanti Region on Monday, President Akufo-Addo noted that the establishment of the factory is a concrete manifestation that the new paradigm of economic development.
This, he said, is party of his administration’s vigorous pursuit of value-addition industrial activities within a conducive and business-friendly environment.
“This afternoon’s ceremony is in fulfillment of the promise by Government, in partnership with the private sector, to set up at least one medium to large scale enterprise in every district of Ghana,” he said.
The 1-District-1-Factory initiative, President Akufo-Addo explained, focuses on the promotion of commercially viable business ventures, through the establishment of an institutional framework that will attract private sector investments in rural economic activities.
“In response to this, Kasapreko Co. Ltd took the initiative, with the support of Government, to build this new factory at Tanoso, in the Kwadaso District of the Ashanti Region.
“The factory will produce water, juices, and soft drinks. Kasapreko, in addition to the twenty-five million United States dollars ($25 million) borrowed from Stanbic Bank for this project, also received waiver of duties on machinery and raw materials, as well as a 5-year tax holiday, which, together, will be worth twenty-eight million United States dollars ($28 million) from Government”, he added.
The Kasapreko Tanoso factory will be serving the Ashanti, Bono, Ahafo, Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper East and Upper West Regions, as well as export its products to our neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
Government, President Akufo-Addo stressed, remains committed to supporting private sector operators, like Kasapreko, to become globally competitive, and, thereby, take advantage of market integration frameworks such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), whose Secretariat has been established and commissioned in Accra.
“I am particularly pleased that a successful and innovative company like Kasapreko is finding new opportunities under the 1D1F policy, and would like to assure them of Government’s unwavering support,” he added.
To companies operating under Government’s 1D1F programme and other companies operating at the local private sector operating at the district level, the President reminded them that the Ministry of Trade and Industry, in collaboration with relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, has established an institutional mechanism to provide strategic support and assistance to them.
“That is why we have established Business Resource Centers in sixty-seven (67) districts across the country, thirty (30) of which have already commenced operations. I commend the shareholders and management of Kasapreko for their diligence and commitment towards boosting the capacity of our nation towards self-reliance,” he said.