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AGI Brief History

Our History

The objective then was to protect the interest of the emerging indigenous manufacturers.

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 Afua 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:


Name of President

Name of Company

1957 – 1961

1961 – 1965

1965 – 1968

1968 – 1969

1969 – 1971

1971 – 1973

1973 – 1975

1975 – 1978

1978 – 1980

1980 – 1986

1987 – 1993

1994 – 1999

1999 – 2001

2001 – 2003

2003 – 2005

2005 – 2007

2007 – 2009

     2010 - 2013

     2014 – 2017

     2018 – 2021

     2022 - 2023

Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo

Mr. Alfred Gaisie

Mr. Myles C. Hagan

Mr. E. Acquaah-Harrison

Mr. C. C. K. Baah

Mr. Alfred Gaisie

Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo

Mr. J. K. Rockson

Dr. (Mrs) Esther Ocloo

Mr. A. Appiah-Menka

Dr. John Kobina Richardson

Dr. Justice Atta Addison

Dr. Prince Kofi Kludjeson

Mrs Elizabeth Joyce Villars

Dr. Prince Kofi Kludjeson

Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi

Dr. Tony Oteng-Gyasi

Nana Dr. Owusu-Afari

Dr. James Asare-Adjei

Dr. Yaw Adu Gyamfi

Dr. Humphrey Ayim-Darke

Nkulenu Industries Limited

Gaisie (W/A) Limited

Lever Brothers Ghana Limited

Obonoma Packaging Limited

Economic Industries Limited

Gaisie (W/A) Limited

Nkulenu Industries Limited

Super Blades & Metals Mfg Ltd

Nkulenu Industries Limited

Appiah-Menka Complex Limited

Pioneer Tobacco Company Ltd

Multiwall Paper Sacks (W/A) Ltd

Kludjeson International Limited

Camelot Ghana Limited

Kludjeson International Limited

Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd

Tropical Cable & Conductor Ltd

Afariwaa Group of Companies

Asadtek Group of Companies

Danadams Pharmaceutical Industry

Redmoon Resources Ltd.

Past Presidents in Pictures