General News of 2014-04-04

Made in Ghana products are the best – Mahama

The President, John Mahama, has released a list of made in Ghana items he uses in his home on a daily basis.

A post on his Facebook page on Friday said: “I have taken an inventory of my home to find out how many Made-in-Ghana products I use on a daily basis. Here is my list.”

He urged Ghanaians to do likewise after he shared his list on his blog. He also attached a link through which people can share their own list.

Below is the full post on his blog

With every piece of clothing we wear, with every item of food we buy to prepare our meals, with every single thing we use, we should ask ourselves, “Was it made in Ghana?”

And even more important, “Could it have been made in Ghana?”

During my youth it seemed as though people placed a high premium on imported goods because they were rare, not your everyday possessions. They were often gifts or things that had been carried back from trips abroad.

My father owned a Teasmade automatic tea maker, which he’d acquired during a trip to England. It had a clock, with a timer and an alarm, which my father programmed every single night without fail so that by the time he was up and alert, his first cup of tea would be ready and waiting for him. He cherished that machine.

But it was one of only a small number of things in our home that was not made in Ghana.

My father, like most Ghanaians, mostly purchased products that were manufactured in Ghana. This was during the years of Operation Feed Yourself. International trade regulations were not as, liberal and the world had not yet become a global village. Ghana’s self-sufficiency extended beyond the agricultural sector; during those days we were manufacturing a fair amount of quality products.

That was a half-century ago. Now it seems that in most Ghanaian households imported items are the norm and made in Ghana merchandise is, rather, the anomaly. It seems also that we are not manufacturing nearly as many products as we used to.

In fact, many of the items that we spend millions of cedis to import could easily be produced right here in Ghana.

There is nothing wrong with purchasing an imported product. I remember how much my father loved his automatic tea maker, but I am certain that if the same product of comparable quality were being manufactured in Ghana he would have purchased that instead, and the Teasmade machine would have remained in England.

In order for our nation to fully develop, we must expand our local industries. When we spend our money on Made-in-Ghana goods, that money remains in Ghana and is redistributed throughout our communities.

When we support our local industries, we support the creation of additional jobs; we support and encourage the creativity and innovation of our fellow citizens; we teach our children how to be more than consumers, we teach them how to be entrepreneurs and visionaries, and how to rel on themselves to fill the basic needs of our nation.

On 6th March, during my Independence Day address, I asked my fellow Ghanaians to start being more conscious about the products we are using.

I followed the same instruction. The following morning, I began taking an inventory of my home to find out just how many Made-in-Ghana products I used on a daily basis.

I am sharing my list with you in the hopes that you will take your own inventory and share it with others. Maybe in so doing, we can inspire the young entrepreneurs among us to pursue their business ideas and we can inspire one another to invest in our communities by purchasing our locally made products.

Made in Ghana

Mattress

Pillows

Toilet tissue

Lotion and some other toiletries

Rice and other grains

Salt

Some spices

Some shirts

Some shoes

Some foodstuff

Imported, but could be made/produced in Ghana

Bed sheets

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Deodorant and some other toiletries

Cotton balls and Q-tips

Towels

Hangers

Neckties

Some shirts

Trousers

Some shoes

Cooking oils

Rice and other grains

Sugar

Some spices

Some foodstuff

Utensils

Pots and pans

Plates Food storage containers

Furniture

Curtains

Lamps