Ghana is said to be spending millions of dollars importing iron rods which could be produced locally.
The worrying trend, according to the Board Chair of Ghana Integrated Iron and Steel Development Corporation (GIISDEC), Farouk Aliu Mahama, could be reversed if local companies such as Fabrimetal Ghana Limited take up the challenge.
Speaking to Joy Business at the launch of a $10 million section mill by Fabrimetal at Tsopoli in the Greater Accra region, the Member of Parliament for Yendi, was impressed with the quality of products on display.
“First of all, we have to understand that the iron and ore industry is very interested in partnering with Fabrimetal. The country imports over $3 billion in iron rods.
“We are here with the management of GIISDEC to witness samples of iron rods being manufactured. Why should we spend all this money on importation when we have a local company like Fabrimetal?” he asked.
Mr Mahama encouraged the company to go beyond the downstream sector of manufacturing to upstream where it can mine raw materials needed for manufacturing, which GIISDEC is ready to support.
Fabrimetal over the past few years invested $30 million in the local steel manufacturing industry bringing its investment to $40 million with the commissioning of the section mill to produce merchant bars.
The company continues to churn out high quality steel products which meet international standards due to investment in technology and workforce.
This has created great demand for these steel products locally serving as import substitution.
Deputy Trade Minister, Michael Okyere Baafi, was delighted at the attainment of Fabrimetal.
“The ministry’s main aim is to support public and private sector businesses to thrive. If they do, there wouldn’t be much pressure on government. If the private sector expands, it means they are going to employ a lot of people,” he explained.
Mr Baafi assured Fabrimetal of government’s support through the ministry.
Meanwhile, Managing Director of Fabrimetal, Rohit Raj, said its new products will create jobs and help improve the country’s economy.
“With the launch, we’re manufacturing a new set of products called angle, flat, channel and square bars. These products meet international standards as our products are known for,” he assured.
The company believes Ghana’s political stability, social environment aside other factors will contribute to its success.
Fabrimetal has since 2020 been supplying oxygen to health facilities to support Ghana’s response to Covid-19.
This year, the company also partnered with Forestry Commission under the ‘Go Green Initiative of government to plant over a thousand trees.
Other dignitaries, business partners, workers, police, among other stakeholders were present to support the company.