1D1F: Gov’t promises to allocate GH¢2 million to assemblies in 2018 after failing to meet 2017 targets

Tracking Budget Statement

The government of Ghana has promised to allocate a minimum of GH¢2 million to each district assembly in Ghana for the implementation of the ‘One District One Factory’ (1D1F) initiative after failure to meet 2017 set targets.

The government committed in the 2017 Budget Statement to begin the actual implementation of over 50 enterprises to help deal with unemployment but managed to only commence the construction of one factory at Ekumfi.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta reiterated government’s commitment to delivering on this key policy initiative in the 2018 Budget Statement to reduce youth unemployment in Ghana which currently stands at 48 percent according to World Bank figures.

The government has promised the implementation of 191 projects under the 1D1F initiative. The Budget Statement indicated that 104 of these companies will be operating in the agribusiness sector whilst 20 are businesses in the meat and poultry sector. Forty of these companies will be operating in the construction and building materials sub-sector, whilst the remaining 27 are businesses operating in the Cosmetics and Pharmaceuticals sectors.

Read Also: 2017 Budget Statement: Key commitments the government has failed to meet set targets

Regional breakdown of the companies are as follows:

  • Ashanti 35
  • Brong Ahafo 19
  • Central 21
  • Eastern 34
  • Greater Accra 28
  • Northern 17
  • Upper East 4
  • Upper West 5
  • Western 10
  • Volta 18

Read Also: Key Highlights of the 2018 Budget Statement [Infographic]

Looking at trend for 2017, it is unlikely government will meet all of its target for 2018, notwithstanding, iWatch Africa will continue to monitor all of the government’s efforts to deliver on their mandates in 2018.

Report by Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa


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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a policy analyst and media practitioner with over eight years of experience in policy, data and investigative journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing strategic project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast, a PgD in Fiscal Policy for financing sustainable development from the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, in South Africa and a PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is the founder and country president of SOA Ghana Hub. Gideon is a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence.
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