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 - 2017

Mr. James Asare-Adjei

Asadtek Group of Companies

2018 - 

Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi

Danadams Pharm Industry/Danpong Group

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.