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Ghana: Free Zones a good decision for the country

Published date:
Saturday, 12 March 2011

he Minister for Trade and Industry Hanna Tetteh has described the decision to establish a Free Zone in Ghana, as a very wise one by the NDC administration under former President Jerry Rawlings.

Miss Hanna Tetteh made the statement when she together with the American Ambassador to Ghana Donald Teitelbaum opened Lucky 1888 Mills, LLC a leading global manufacturer of home and commercial textiles catering for the retail, hospitality and healthcare markets worldwide.

According to the minister, when the act was passed there were lots of concerns as to why a country has to lose lots of taxes in implementing the act but, said that the company which operates under the Free Zones Act will bring lots of employment to the Ghanaian.

The factory currently employs 180 workers, most of whom are young women who have recently completed training.

She added that government will do its best to help companies flourish in Ghana.

On his part, the US ambassador to Ghana Donald Teitelbaum said the establishment was as a result of Good U.S-Ghana ties and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and he was happy the factory was going to better the lives of Ghanaians.

Mr. Chris Motley one of the American Directors of the company said the factory has plans to expand and sell the name of Ghana on the US market as all the garments have the inscription Made in Ghana.

Export is expected to start next week.

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