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Business News of Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Source: Daniel Kaku

1D1F: Czech Republic investors show interest in Aboso glass factory

Mr. Tomás Zázvorka (3rd left) promised to recommend the factory to investors

The Prestea-Huni Valley Municipality of the Western Region which hosts the Aboso glass factory has received positive news over the last few days as Golden Star Bogoso Prestea Limited has committed its resources to build an oil mill for palm oil processing in Bogoso, which is likely to commence in 2018.

One of the flagship policies of the ruling government aside Free SHS, Planting for food and jobs is the One District one factory.

Member of Parliament for Prestea Huni Valley Constituency Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi announced to the delight of the Chiefs and people a starch factory which is also slated to be built in Huni Valley, during a town hall meeting organised by the Information Ministry in collaboration with the Local Government Ministry in Bogoso on Wednesday, December 6 2018.

She said the starch factory will aid in the production of starch for exports under Ghana Export Promotion Authority's policy of One District One Export Product.

MCE for Prestea-Huni Valley, Hon. Mozart Owuh announced that officers from the Czech Embassy in Ghana will visit the Aboso grass factory to inspect the equipments and machinery and further advice the investors from Czech Republic.

The factory tour which lasted about two hours was very promising.

The Commercial Counselor for the Embassy of Czech Republic in Ghana, Mr. Tomás Zázvorka was taken round the factory by Mr. Joe Amantana, the Chief Engineer of the factory.

In the processing department was a completely new processing plant which was installed some twenty years back but was never used. There was also a Compressor Room which has new compressors.

At the store rooms were raw materials ranging from broken bottles, silica sand, about 5000 bags of caromite, more than 5000 pieces of sprite bottles, and tons of soda.

Overwhelmed by the machinery and all he saw at the factory, Mr Tomás Zázvorka stated,"I'm surprised the things am seeing here. How can a factory have all these in place and be non-operational?"

"I throught I was coming to see a collapsed factory with nothing in the rooms, a bushy environment and stuff, I don't see rubbish and used rubbers are not littered around", he admitted.

He added that, "I will give my recommendations and hope that it will sit well with the investors for the necessary action".

Hon. Mozart Kwaku Owuh, who was with the Counselor on the factory tour, pledged government's support for the investors to help revamp the factory to create more jobs for the teeming youth.

Speaking to www.ghanaweb.com after the inspection, Mr. Amantana, the engineer on site who took the entourage around, also remarked that most of the old hands are around and will support with the needed expertise to make things work again.

Some of the security men at the factory who are all ex workers of the factory lamented that they have not been paid for the past four months.