The attention of the Ministry has been drawn to negative reportage on selected One District One Factory (IDIF) projects following the recent Media Encounter by His Excellency the President.
The reportage maliciously attempts to belittle the progress made by the Government in facilitating the operationalization of the IDIF initiative. The said reportage makes reference to 2 companies, Unijay Garments Limited and Volta Forest Products as companies reported by the Ministry to be IDIF companies already in existence or are operational.
The Ministry wishes to state categorically as follows:
Unijay Garments Limited
This company located in Kumasi produces garments. The company applied for assistance under the IDIF programme in July 2017 and has gone through the required screening and qualified to receive support under the IDIF programme. The company has subsequently received an amount of Ghs2.5 million from Prudential Bank Limited as a IDIF company, which amount has been applied as working capital for the existing business. In addition, the company has applied for an additional Ghs10 million for an expansion programme under the same company name which is currently being considered by the Bank under the IDIF programme. In light of the above, it is difficult to understand how anybody could reasonably object to the description of Unijay Garments Limited as an existing IDIF company.
Volta Forest Products Company
This company located in Hohoe, Volta Region is engaged in the manufacture of wooden products. The company applied for assistance under the IDIF programme in Nov. 2017 and has gone through the required screening and qualified to receive support under the IDIF programme. The company has subsequently received an amount of Gh1.5 million from Prudential Bank Limited as a IDIF company, which amount has been applied as working capital for the existing business.
For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry has consistently and publicly made reference to the following facts about the IDIF programme:
- The IDIF programme is a private sector-led initiative, facilitated and supported by the Government. It is not intended to establish State enterprises but rather to support companies established and owned by the private sector and when required, with government equity not exceeding 30%.
- An existing enterprise that meets the required criteria can qualify as a IDIF project.
- The selection of a IDIF project could involve the revitalization of an existing government-owned or privately sponsored project or company which is deemed to be potentially viable.
- Government’s support to IDIF companies includes facilitating access to short, medium- and long-term financing from Participating Financial Institutions (PFIs); subsidized interest rate for loans; various tax and other fiscal incentives including 5-year tax holiday and waiver of duties and levies for the importation of machinery, equipment and raw materials; free technical assistance to support operations of IDIF companies, and facilitating access to infrastructure facilities including land, electricity, water etc.
In all, there are 181 IDIF projects covering 112 Districts at various stages of implementation, including 58 existing companies, 26 projects under construction, 26 pipeline projects currently under consideration by PFIs; 58 Enable Youth IDIF projects ready for construction by first quarter of 2020 (Small Scale Processing Facilities to be owned by youth groups and financed by AfDB); 5 IDIF Common User Processing Facilities ready for construction by first quarter 2020 ( to be owned by organized farmers groups and funded by AfDB); and 8 Large Scale IDIF projects financed by a consortium of Chinese Financial Institutions, ready to commence construction by third quarter of the year 2020.
Under the 2020 Budget, Government has provided resources to support Business Promoters to establish IDIF projects in the remaining 148 Districts currently not covered under the programme.
The Ministry wishes to advise individuals seeking information on the implementation of the IDIF programme to contact directly the Chief Director of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and avoid making references to the IDIF initiative without reliable information.