KMA woos Italian investors to expand shoe-making industry

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Hon. Osei Assibey Antwi, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), is optimistic the shoe-making industry had the potential to expand the local economy if it was given the needed attention.

    The metropolis, he said, currently boasts of over 4, 000 workforce in the industry, one of the largest in the West African sub-region, and had over the years seen some of their products being exported to neighbouring countries.

    This ranges from simple leather slippers to sophisticated shoes.

    Hon. Assibey Antwi, who was interacting with the Italian Ambassador to Ghana, His Excellency Giovanni Favilli, during a working visit by the latter to Kumasi, appealed to the Ambassador to use his good offices in assisting the KMA to achieve its mission.

    The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Stefano Ramella, the Italian Embassyâ??s Vice-Consular in-charge of the Northern Sector of the country.  

The MCE said Italy had a treasured record in shoe-making, adding that, it would not be out of place for corporate entities and businesses in that country to begin the processes of investing massively in the Ghanaian shoe-making industry for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

Such strategic partnership was vital to improve the expertise of the local shoe-makers, as state-of-the-art equipment and technology would be introduced in the sector to create the needed jobs, create wealth and also alleviate poverty amongst the people.

Hon. Assibey Antwi, briefing the Ambassador on the general vision of the Assembly to uplift socio-economic growth of Kumasi, touched on moves by the authorities to search for partners to construct a high rise car park on a property near the Kumasi Central Prisons.

Plans were further afoot to develop a property near the Parks and Gardens, off the Santasi-Obuasi road into an ultra modern car terminal.

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