President Mahama visits Ashaiman factory

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President Mahama’s visit

Last month the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, visited the Safi Sana Factory in Ashaiman. His visit was part of a national tour to visit Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects.

President Mahama was joined by the regional minister, Member of Parliament for Ashaiman, the Municipal Chief Executive of Ashaiman and the Deputy Ambassador of the Dutch Embassy (Caecilia Wijgers).

Mr. Mahama was impressed with what he saw, and said that efforts will be made to expand the project to various parts of the country to manage waste challenges. In his own words: “The Safi Sana Model is a good example for replication, also for smaller cities.”

The president wants to make sure that this project is labelled as a contribution to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) for Ghana in the annual report and noted that “it should form the basis for a continued collaboration with The Netherlands in the future.”

In response to the President’s remarks, Safi Sana country manager Raymond Okrofu said: “It is important that the government takes care of some of the challenges Safi Sana is facing, such as the tremendous amount of paperwork, and that the government actively monitors and supports the project throughout the implementation lifecycle.”

Mr Okrufu also mentioned the financial tax charges for green, socially-focused projects like Safi Sana’s. Customs taxes for import of hardware and high corporate tax are examples of financial burdens that are not easy to carry for a young, social venture like Safi Sana, and show why Ghana’s government would benefit from make exemptions more easily accessible.

Read more about the President’s visit here.

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