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

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and News Content at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is a columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program.

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