The proposed establishment of an assembly plant by Motor King Limited, a Chinese firm, to assemble motorbikes, tricycles and mini-ambulances in Tamale under the One District, One Factory initiative is very welcoming, considering the high patronage of motorbikes in the northern parts of the country.
It would serve as an employment creation opportunity for the unemployed in the Northern regional capital and its environs.
During his northern regional tour recently, President Nana Akufo-Addo inaugurated the facility in Tamale and announced that raw materials for the assembly plant will not attract import duties.
We believe it is a good trade-off since we stand to benefit immensely from the assembly plant. Almost all of the motorbikes and other mini means of transport are imported. In fact, most are second hand goods from other countries.
Assembling them here would certainly boost economic activity, create jobs and improve incomes. There is the added advantage of transfer of technology, which could result in Ghana producing innovators who could build these things from scratch some years to come.
To add icing to the cake, Motor King’s CEO also indicated that his company will introduce a mobile library project to enhance reading and learning in the metropolis and beyond and we find that a commendable gesture, particularly to deprived parts of the country.
The CEO also announced plans to partner a Chinese company that specialises in agricultural machinery to serve as a basis for the Agriculture Mechanisation Centres to enable farmers access agricultural machinery like tractors and power tillers to modernize their production methods.
All of these are highly commendable and we hope such initiatives would be replicated in other sectors of the economy and in every part of the country. It is time for us to give true meaning to the constitutional requirement on us to pursue “even development” across the country.
We need to start working seriously on opening up this country and evening out development. Since we are good at throwing institutions at our problems, it may be meet for us to consider a regional development authority of a sort, which will focus on sending businesses to the regions, building infrastructure and making every region worth the while of inhabitants and visitors alike.