John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, the Minister of Trade and Industry, says he will pay for all the costs of printing the albums for the upcoming presidential and parliamentary primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in all 276 constituencies.
Mr. Kyerematen, who is one of the top candidates for president of the NPP, made this promise at an official meeting with the party’s new national officers last Friday at the NPP’s headquarters in Accra, Asylum Down.
Also, the minister, who is known as Alan Cash, gave GH100,000 to the party to help the National Executives with the day-to-day administration and management of the party’s activities.
The meeting was meant to help strengthen the relationship between the party and the government.
Many high-ranking officials, such as Carlos Ahenkorah, MP for Tema West, Sylvester Tetteh, MP for Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro, Catherine Afeku, former Minister of Tourism, Yaw Buabeng Asamoah, former Director of Communications, Alhassan Samari, and Hopeson Adorye, among others, were there.
In the best interest of the party, he asked the party’s leaders to prove that they were fair and give all potential candidates an equal chance to win.
Alan Cash also told the party’s leaders that the best way to gain the trust of the voters at the grassroots level was to hold a fair and honest election.
He asked the people who support his party to stand behind the party and government leaders during these hard times.
“We can only beat the 8 if we work as a team and stay together.
We can stay alive if we work together and do what we are supposed to do. One of the best National Delegates Conferences in recent years will be put together by the National Executives.
To do this, I’m going to pay for all the printing costs for the albums of all 275 delegates. It’s because I love my country and want to help the party run the election.
“The average voter will benefit from a free and fair election because they won’t feel like they’re being manipulated or rigged,” Mr. Kyerematen told the party faithful at the headquarters.
During the meeting, Mr. Kyerematen also told the party leaders about some of the most important changes made by the Ministry of Trade and Industry since he became a minister in 2017.
He said that his ministry has worked on two main goals to reduce unemployment and make the Ghanaian economy stronger.
He said that Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has made a plan to fully industrialize the country, just like other developed countries do.
Also, he said that the fact that the most powerful and developed countries in the world were also the most industrialized was not by chance.
Mr. Kyerematen mentioned, among other things, the use of stimulus packages to help troubled companies get back on their feet, the start of the One District One Factory (1D1F) program, the introduction of ten new economic anchors to help diversify the economy, the chance for Ghana to export more thanks to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and the creation of specialized industrial parks and economic zones to house manufacturing and processing.
He also talked about other things his ministry was doing to create stable jobs and improve the local economy.
Some of these were the opening of over 70 business development centers across the country to help small and medium-sized businesses, the opening of state-of-the-art technology centers to build parts for industries, the opening of the Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) to help small and medium-sized businesses with money, and the opening of assembly plants by Toyota, Nissan, Volkswagen, Kia, Peugeot, and Hyundai.
Mr. Kyerematen also said that industrialization should be a top priority for Ghana if it wants to solve its long-term economic problems, like high imports and unemployment.
Stephen Ayesu Ntim, the National Chairman, gave a short speech to welcome Mr. Kyerematen. In it, he praised Mr. Kyerematen for coming and talked about other government appointees who had done the same.
This was done to help bridge the gap between party officials and government appointees.