Construction sector content policy workshop for Tuesday

Accra, July 9, GNA – A
workshop on the need for local content policy for the construction sector will
be held on Tuesday July 11, in Accra to discuss how the nation can grow its
construction manpower without reliance on foreign companies.

The workshop will
provide the platform to discuss the government’s local content policy in the
light of helping government develop a comprehensive policy for the construction

It will also examine
how local content in the construction industry has been achieved elsewhere; and
to help government identify and develop programmes, projects and strategies to
actualise the local content policy.

Construction sector
ministries, construction sector associations, GREDA, Ghana Institution of Surveyors,
Architects Registration Council, and the Public Procurement Authority are
expected to participate in the day’s seminar.

Mr Rockson Dogbegah,
Construction Sector Chair of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), in an
interview ahead of the programme, said the construction industry urgently
required the formulation and passage of a local content policy to ensure a
vibrant and strong local construction industry necessary for the sustainable
development of the country.

He said the capacity
of Ghanaian construction firms needed to be beefed up as the country cannot continue
to rely primarily on the expertise and resources of foreign companies for construction

“The Mission of the
AGI Construction Sector is to influence the development and growth of the
construction industry, through effective stakeholder engagements and policy
reform initiatives that will enhance the capacity and competitiveness of
construction sector service providers in Ghana,” Mr Dogbegah said.

Mr Dogbegah, who is
also the Vice President for Chartered Institute of Building, Africa, (CIOB),
said a local content policy for the sector would enhance the sector’s
contribution to national growth.

He said the issue of
local construction companies lacking the capacity to deliver on big projects
could be addressed with the formulation and passage of the local content policy
for the sector.

The local content
policy when passed must compel all foreign civil construction companies to
partner local construction companies.

He said this would
help build and develop the capacity of the local construction companies.

“We must pass a law
that will prevent foreign companies from securing any construction contract
without a local partner over a period of time.

“This will help build
the capacity of the local companies within the period and we can then take that
protection off after that period so that we all compete”, he said.

He said
over-dependence on foreign expatriates for construction works that could be
easily carried out by Ghanaians was inimical to the growth of the economy.

Mr Dogbegah said a
local content policy would not only ensure increasing Ghanaian participation in
the construction sector but would provide employment opportunities.

He said the
construction sector was very pivotal in addressing the country’s unemployment
issues hence the need to pay adequate attention to the sector by the


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