The government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has the vision of turning Ghana into a pharmacological manufacturing hub in Africa, by creating the enabling environment for both local and foreign companies to thrive, Kweku Agyeman-Manu, Minister of Health, he said.
To realize this dream, he said, the government would provide inducements for local pharmaceutical companies to grow to become more competitive on both the local and international market.
Speaking at the opening of the head office of Johnson & Johnson in Accra yesterday, Mr. Agyemang-Manu said: I am particularly happy about the choice of Ghana as your head office. The vision of our government and the President, His Excellency Akufo-Addo, is to build a favourable business environment so that Ghana will be seen as a favored destination for investment, not just in West Africa but in Africa as a whole, and I believe your presence at this time is only the beginning of the realization of that vision.
One of the government’s key significances is to provide reachable and affordable quality health care for all. This will be done through the National Health Insurance Scheme, which is the largest
provider and financier of healthcare in the country, and through other interventions, he said.
He added, Government also recognizes that it cannot deliver its healthcare priorities alone and as such believes in the private sector as the engine of growth. We are mindful of the role that private entities can play to help speed up the realization of our healthcare priorities in the area of pharmaceuticals. It is the vision and commitment of the government to support our local medical manufacturing companies to provide the majority of our medicines as possible.
According to the Health minister, a government in the course of this year would provide additional incentives to local manufacturers to enable them to grow and become competitive.
Our vision is to establish Ghana as a pharmaceutical manufacturing hub for West Africa. In view of this, I will like to invite you ‘Johnson & Johnson’ to either set up a manufacturing facility in Ghana or partner with any of the local manufacturers to produce some of your products right here in Ghana. The government will be willing to support to ensure that such an initiative is delivered smoothly, he said.