The President of Korsika Energy Research and Services Limited (KERSL), Dr Kofi Korsah, has organised a three-day automation workshop aimed at moving businesses to a higher level.
According to him, the workshop was in line with government’s agenda of “Ghana Beyond Aid” and it is aimed at helping the industry to understand the benefits of automation.
Mr. Korsah explained that some of the topics the participants would be taken through would include management of the industry to be able to increase productivity.
He stated that they would also learn to increase visibility on the international market and how to use simulation techniques on the computer to predict the effect of any changes they need to make in their industry, either positive or negative.
“The participants are also expected to use the workshop to address any bottlenecks in their operations,” he said.
Touching on the objectives of the workshop, Mr. Akorsah said it was to serve as a training ground for engineers and technicians in automation and mechatronics so that they can help develop skilled labour for industry.
“By so doing, the participants can develop their industries to become competitive on the international market,” he further disclosed.
For his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Ghana Industries, Dr. Seth Akwaboah, said the bane of the manufacturing sector was the cost of production in Ghana.
He said even though industry was not doing badly in the country, the country spends huge sums of foreign currency on importation instead of manufacturing.
Touching on the cost of electricity on manufacturing in Ghana, he noted that, “for manufacturing to be successful, we need an efficient and reliable electricity, but when cost of electricity is higher because of high electricity tariffs, one cannot stay in business.”
He said there was a lot of potential in the manufacturing sector as it creates more avenues for people to be employed.
He charged government to do more to improve the local content and said the 1D1F was a laudable project which should be a step in developing the country’s industries.
Lamenting on the capital to do business and access to loans as a challenge facing most industries in Ghana, he stressed the need for more foreign investors in the country because of their expertise and skills.
Story: From Na-Illatu IDDRISU-SIKA, TEMA