President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo says the country no longer wants to be dependent on the production and export of raw materials, including cocoa beans.
He said the nation intended to process more and more of its cocoa beans, with the aim of producing more chocolate, “because we believe there can be no future prosperity for the Ghanaian people, in the short, medium or long term if we continue to maintain economic structures that are dependent on the production and export of raw materials.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known last Friday, when he delivered a statement at the Federal Assembly of the Swiss Confederation in Bern, Switzerland, as part of a two-day state visit to that country, the first in 60 years by a Head of State from sub-Saharan Africa.
He reiterated the commitment of his government “to add value to our raw materials, industrialise and enhance agricultural productivity. This is the best way we can put Ghana at the high end of the value chain in the global market place and create jobs for the teeming masses of Ghanaians”.