Date: 2017-07-12

Stakeholders in the construction sector have kick-started the process of developing a Local Content Policy for the construction industry in Ghana

The local content policy would not only ensure increasing Ghanaian participation in the construction sector but would provide employment opportunities and help grow indigenous businesses in the  construction sector.

The stakeholders at a workshop organized by the Association of Ghana industries (AGI) Construction sector  in collaboration with the Youth Inclusive Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE) agreed that the formulation and passage of the policy would address the numerous challenges including delayed payment for work done on government project, lack of capacity to compete with foreign counterparts, inadequate financial capacity and training would for players in the sector would be addressed.

The workshop was under the theme “Local Content Policy: Panacea to Sustainable Development for the Construction Industry in Ghana.”

Opening it, Mr. Rockson Kwesi Dogbegah, AGI construction sector Chair said the construction industry held good prospect for the development of the country and must be supported to grow.

He said the sector had great potentials for job creation and contributes greatly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product, saying the sector since 2009-2013 had been contributing 34% to the country’s GDP.

The mission of the AGI construction sector is to influence the development and growth of the construction industry, through effective stakeholder engagements and policy reform initiatives that will enhance the capacity and competitiveness of construction sector service providers in Ghana.

The chairman said the workshop would discuss measures to promote high local content in the building industry and well as professionalism, adding that the dialogue would  center on the development of a Delay Payment Policy, Construction and Mental health Policy and the enactment of Construction Industry Authority to regulate the building industry.

The president of AGI, James Asara-Adjei said the prospects for the construction industry were high and indicated that there was growing demand for Real Estate Houses and Office accommodation in the country and said policies should be created to create an enabling environment for the industry to grow.

The minister of Railway Development, Joe Ghartey said government envisaged to invest more than $10 billion in the next four years to build rail lines and other ancillary projects.

He entreated players in the Construction Industry to position themselves to take huge chunk of the rail projects and disclosed that the Ministry had received proposals from about 217 companies to participate in the rail project and was happy about the 80% of the companies were indigenous ones.

The minister of Roads and Highways, kwasi Amoako-Atta in a speech read on director of Procurement, John Obeng Aseidu said the government was determine to allocate 70% of road construction projects being funded by the state to local companies.

The Minister of Works

 and Housing, Samuel Attakyea, also in a speech read on his behalf by the chief director,Solomon Asoalla said his Ministry was developing a policy to regulate the architect Registration Council and a the Building and Construction Industry.

He entreated the local players in the building and construction industryto support the government to address the housing deficit which currently stood more than 1.7 million houses.

The Director of YIEDIE Project, a programme under the Global Communities, and International Non-governmental Organization, Kafui Vera Mills-Odoi, in an interview said her outfit was implement the YIEDIE project from now to 2020n to help the youth between 17 and 23 years to get jobs in the Construction Industry.

She said against that backdrop that her organization supported the dialogue becauseit formed part of her outfit’s effort to build a vibrant Construction Industry to help create jobs for youth, especially women. He said the Construction Industry offered a great opportunity for the youth between 17 and 23 years to be employed.