Bio-larvicide factory to be established in Savelugu soon

President Akufo-Addo

The co-operation between Ghana and Cuba is being extended to the eradication of malaria in Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.

As a result, through a joint venture agreement with Labiofam S.A., a Cuban pharmaceutical firm, a bio-larvicide factory will soon be established in Savelugu in the Northern Region.

President Akufo-Addo made this known on Thursday when he took a tour of the operations of Stella S.A. Chocolate Factory and Labiofam S.A in Havana, Cuba, where, amongst other things, the proposal for a bio products manufacturing plant was agreed on.

The President is on a three-day official visit to the Northern Carribean nation that would see the strengthening of almost 60 years of bilateral ties between Cuba and Ghana.

President Akufo-Addo said, an agreement is being reached for the sale of Ghana’s cocoa liquor to the Stella S.A. Chocolate Factory in Cuba adding; “We want to examine the possibility of Stella S.A. establishing a manufacturing facility in Ghana.”

Addressing the officials of the company, the President noted that Ghana spends a lot of money in the fight against malaria, “and that is why when I came here as Foreign Minister in 2006, I heard about you, and took you to Ghana.”

“But, before we could concretise everything, my party lost power in Ghana. So, the push for this project went down. Fortunately for the fight against Malaria, I am back again, this time as President, no longer Minister.”

Officials from Labiofam and their Ghanaian promoters, the President said, had to make sure they signed the technical services contract between West Africa bio-products limited and themselves to ensure the arrangements for funding were in place “so we can get going.”

Anxious to get on with the construction of the bio-larvicide factory in Savelugu, President Akufo-Addo noted that it would be a very fitting testimony to the 60 years of relations between Ghana and Cuba.

“Our relations with this country have been very good, right from the beginning, and we have always to remember that Ghana was the very first African country to recognise the Government of the Cuban Revolution.”

“Establishing this plant in Ghana will be a very strong consolidation of our relations,” he added.

Source: GNA

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