March 18, 2018

Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, is demanding that the Leadership of the House requests the Trade and Industry Minister, Alan Kyeremanten to update the House on steps being instituted to ensure that local printing firms are awarded with printing of pharmaceutical labels.

According to the Effutu lawmaker, the Trade and Industry Ministry announced that some 49 drugs were being restricted by way of importation; the essence is to allow local pharmaceutical companies produce those drugs.

In effect, local printing firms will be allowed to print labels of those drugs, and this will create jobs and increase the capacity of the local companies than overseas printing.

But Mr. Alexander noted that since May last year up to date nothing has been heard, as there was an Executive Instrument in this regard.

All I want is the Majority leader will follow up on the assurance given by the Trade Minister as to the steps taken to address the concerns of the local printing firms; we want more people to get more jobs, he said.
“Again the President said he wants “Ghana beyond aid” this are some of the steps when taken and followed up properly we will get out of the situation we find ourselves. I am there for asking that the House follow up on the assurance given by the Trade Ministry”.

“Why should drugs be manufactured locally and the labels for it be imported from overseas, the local printing industry will engage more, increase capacity, and introduce innovative ways that will help benefit the Ghanaian economy”, he emphasised.

Majority Leader responded by saying, “the member knows what to do; he either comes by a motion, a statement and a question.”

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/