A Brief History

In the immediate post-Independence era, Ghana embarked on an import-substitution industrialisation policy with the active involvement of the state. The development of the manufacturing sector was thus spearheaded by the State with support from multi-national companies such as UAC, and a few emerging Lebanese and Indian industrialists.

However, some nationals felt that the sustained growth of industries in Ghana would depend on the development and active participation of local industrialists.  Consequently, in 1957, a small group of about 7–10 indigenous Ghanaian Industrialists came together to form the Federation of Ghana Industries, led by the indefatigable Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo of Nkulenu Industries Limited who became the first President.   The other pioneers included Rev. T.A. Adjetey, Mr. Alfred Gaisie, Mr. J.A. Brenyah, Mr. K.A. Agbemabiasie, Mr. David K. Ziga, Mr. K.J. Khubchandani, and others.  The objective then was to protect the interest of the emerging indigenous manufacturers.

In 1961, realising that all Ghana manufacturing companies faced a common destiny irrespective of ownership, the base of the Federation was broadened to embrace both the state-owned and foreign-owned manufacturing industries.   The name of the Association was therefore changed to Ghana Manufacturers’ Association.

In 1984, the need for all sectors of industry to be under one umbrella was considered desirable.  The Association’s Constitution was therefore amended to admit to membership companies whose services impinge on manufacturing, namely, financial institutions, insurance companies and specialised associations such as Liquor Manufacturers' Association of Ghana, Ghana Printers & Paper Converters’ Association, Furniture & Wood Products’ Association of Ghana, Ghana Timber Millers’ Organisation, Advertising Association of Ghana, etc., as Associate Members.  The name of the Association was accordingly changed to the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI).

The Association offers the following services, among others:

  • Policy Advocacy and Advisory
  • Industrial Sub-contracting & Partnership
  • Information Gathering, Analysis and Dissemination
  • Business Plan Preparation and Development
  • Trade Promotion

The chronology of the Presidency of the Federation Association is as follows:

Year Name of President  Name of Company 
1957 – 1961 Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo  Nkulenu Industries Limited 
1961 – 1965  Mr. Alfred Gaisie  Gaisie (W/A) Limited 
1965 – 1968 Mr. Myles C. Hagan  Lever Brothers Ghana Limited 
1968 – 1969  Mr. E. Acquaah-Harrison  Obonoma Packaging Limited 
1969 – 1971  Mr. C. C. K. Baah  Economic Industries Limited 
1971 – 1973  Mr. Alfred Gaisie  Gaisie (W/A) Limited 
1973 – 1975  Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo  Nkulenu Industries Limited 
1975 – 1978  Mr. J. K. Rockson  Super Blades & Metals Mfg Ltd 
1978 – 1980  Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo  Nkulenu Industries Limited 
1980 – 1986  Mr. A. Appiah-Menka  Appiah-Menka Complex Limited 
1987 – 1993  Dr. John Kobina Richardson  Pioneer Tobacco Company Ltd 
1994 – 1999  Dr. Justice Atta Addison  Multiwall Paper Sacks (W/A) Ltd 
1999 – 2001  Prince Kofi Kludjeson  Kludjeson International Limited  
2001 – 2003  Mrs Elizabeth Joyce Villars  Camelot Ghana Limited 
2003 – 2005  Prince Kofi Kludjeson  Kludjeson International Limited 
2005 – 2009 Mr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi  Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd 
2010 - 2013 Nana Owusu-Afari Afariwaa Group of Companies
2014 -  Mr. James Asare-Adjei Asadtek Group of Companies

The following staff members gave of their time, intellect and energy to shape the destiny of the Association:

  • Mr. S. N. K. Ocloo, husband of late Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo, became the first Honorary Secretary of the Federation;
  • Mr. F. Bannerman-Menson doubled as the Executive Director of Ghana Employers’ Association (GEA) and part-time Executive Secretary of Ghana Manufacturers’ Association;
  • Mr. Kwame Pianim was made available to the Federation/Association by his employers, Ghana Aluminium Products Limited (GHANAL), as Honorary Economic Consultant to write policy papers for the Association.
  • Mr. Eddie Imbeah-Amoakuh joined the Association in 1972 as the first full-time Assistant Executive Secretary and later became the Executive Secretary.  He worked for 27 years until his retirement in 1999.