Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has handed over a multi-faceted bauxite beads production facility at Abompe in the Fanteakwa South District of the Eastern Region, to serve as a common use facility for bauxite beads producers in the community.
The completion of the workshop and the inclusion of machines into the facility was a result of a commitment made by the CEO when she was at Abompe during a field visit in 2019.
Before the construction of the facility, bauxite bead makers in and around Abompe, produced their wares using rudimentary manual tools and worked from their homes and other dilapidated shelters at the mercy of extreme weather conditions.
This meant producing bauxite beads in very challenging conditions with little efficiency.
The new workshop comprising production floor space, a warehouse and washroom facilities is well equipped with seven (7) machines to enhance the production process and increase output. The machines were manufactured and installed by McHammah Engineering Co. Ltd. a Ghanaian equipment manufacturing company.
The Abompe Bauxite Beads Producers Association, the main beneficiary of the facility have been taken through intensive training on the use of the 7 installed machines in batches of 10 members to enable them maximise their output.
Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Dr Afua Asabea Asare indicated that the construction of the new workshop was in line with GEPA’s mandate of developing, facilitating, and promoting Ghana’s Non-Traditional Exports. To promote priceless ornaments, it is important to ensure that its production and supply can be sustained – hence the importance of equipping the Abompe facility.
She also added that the Abompe facility aligns with H.E. President Nana Akufo-Addo’s industrialization agenda and the 1District 1Factory Initiative, adding that the facility will encourage a lot more people within the community to engage in bauxite bead making as a means of earning an income and improving on their livelihoods.
Ghana recorded a 10.05% increase in total earnings of Non-Traditional Exports in 2018. The Handicraft Sector accounted for USD12.8million representing a contribution of 0.46%. Ghana Export Promotion Authority has in recent times outlined a number of initiatives to raise the profile of Ghana’s industrial art & crafts to boost significant growth within the sector.
Story By: Osuani Afrifa