ePac Flexible Packaging Announces the Official Opening of its Plant in Accra, Ghana

Global company ready to serve brands of all sizes throughout West Africa

Austin, Texas USA, June 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ePac Flexible Packaging, an industry leader in custom flexible packaging, is pleased to announce the opening of its new Grade A 2,200 square meter production plant on the Spintex Road in Accra, Ghana. A grand opening celebration was held on June 22nd with nearly 150 local dignitaries, government officials, customers, and media in attendance.

Since its establishment  in 2021, ePac West Africa, has served a number of customers across Africa, including customers from Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zanzibar, with fulfillment handled by ePac’s plants in the UK and Lyon, France. With the opening of the new plant, ePac West Africa is uniquely positioned to serve CPG brands of all sizes throughout the region with competitively priced flexible packaging and industry best turnaround times.

According to Victor Sosah, General Manager of ePac West Africa: “ePac is poised to serve the West African community with the highest quality packaging that has been proven to help small
and medium enterprises grow. With our first facility in the region located in Ghana, we can help our customers, and consumers alike,  “buy-local” in support of the government initiatives to increase local food manufacturing and reduce imports”.

Mr. Sosah added: “No longer will local brands need to accept inferior packaging, or source it from overseas. With ePac’s all-digital platform we’re able to reduce lead times on packaging orders from months to 15 business days (following artwork approval), while enabling brands to order to demand and avoid costly excess inventory and obsolescence”.

According to ePac CEO Jack Knott: “the opening of the plant in Ghana represents a significant milestone in ePac’s global expansion. I am excited that we are able to provide a great packaging option which allows brands to compete for space on local supermarket shelves and introduce new products to international markets.”

About ePac:
ePac is the world’s largest networked flexible packaging provider, serving brands of all sizes across the globe. Founded in 2016, ePac began with a single plant in Madison, Wisconsin serving predominantly community-based small and medium sized brands. Today, through its proprietary technology platform – ePacONE (One Network Everywhere), ePac provides brands, large and small alike, the ability to produce any size order anywhere across its 25 facilities across the globe.

ePac offers a full complement of sustainable film options, while its print technology platform is carbon-neutral and inherently eco-friendly. Further, the company offers true order to demand capability, helping brands reduce inventory and obsolescence.

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Carl Joachim
ePac Flexible Packaging
+1 561-573-7992
cjoachim@ePacFlexibles.com

Victor Sosah
ePac West Africa
+233 501 333 162
vsosah@ePacFlexibles.com

Ghanaian businesses must see Asia as a market destination?

Businesses in Ghana are encouraged to enhance their manufacturing capacities and expand into Asia, a ready market for their products.

‘There are enormous opportunities in using start-ups and technology companies to solve Asian challenges using Ghanaian innovations,’ Mr Rahul Ghosh, the Sub-Saharan Africa Director of Enterprise Singapore, said.

Mr Ghosh, therefore, advised Ghanaian businesses not to see Asia only as a location for sourcing finished goods.

He made the call at a media briefing to highlight partnerships for mutual benefit between Ghana and Singapore, signalling that Singapore would serve as the gateway for Ghanaian products into the Asian market.

‘There are educational technologies and payment system solutions being offered by Ghanaians that can be exported to Singapore and other Asian companies, and that’s what businesses must capitalise on,’ he said.

He told Ghanaian Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in particular, to explore partnerships with Singapore companies for value addition to access the Asian market.

He guaranteed the support of Enterprise Singapore in that direction. Enterprise Singapore is a Singapore government agency that helps to facilitate business and trade support between Singapore and Africa and their entry into the Asian market.

The Director also stated that Singaporean companies were there to advise on the optimum manufacturing lines to be set up in Ghana and train the workers to operate and produce to meet international standards.

He disclosed that Enterprise Singapore was working closely with Ghanaian authorities to drive companies and investment in Ghana to support the manufacturing sector.

Some of those investments, he said, would go in support of businesses under the government’s flagship One District-One factory (1D1F) project, aimed at making the Ghanaian economy export-oriented.

It would enable the Ghanaian SMEs to actualise the prospects in the four priority sectors of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – agriculture and ago-processing, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and transport and logistics.

‘What we are trying to do in the manufacturing space is to try and bring more manufactures from Singapore to contribute to Ghana to bring foreign investment and create employment,’ Mr Ghosh said.

Work was also ongoing between the Bank of Ghana (BoG), financial institutions, and telecommunication companies to support financial inclusion in the country, the Director added.

To increase collaborations, the Ghana office of Enterprise Singapore, which has been operating since 2013, would continue to reach out to Ghanaian businesses to connect them to their counterparts in Singapore.

It also holds the Africa-Singapore Business Forum – a platform for business exchange and fostering trade between Africa and Asia, business-to-business meetings (B2B), to build stronger collaboration with SMEs from both countries.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Green World Initiative and Fuji Oil build ties with women’s cooperatives in Sissala West

Green World Initiative (GWI) and Fuji Oil Ghana Limited have built ties with women cooperatives in Jefisi and Kunkorgu communities in the Sissala West District with the handing over of a warehouse for each cooperative.

The two warehouses, which brought to a total of six warehouses the organisations have constructed for communities in the region, were for the cooperatives to harvest, process and store sheanuts to be sold to Fuji Oil for industrial use.

The groups could also store their farm produces and the produce of other people in the community at a fee to serve as a source of revenue for the cooperatives.

Addressing a gathering of people at Jefisi to commission the warehouse on the theme ‘The man can do’, Mr Ronny Voorspools, the Managing Director of Fuji Oil Ghana Ltd, said the initiative was to create a link between the industry and the sheanut aggregators in the communities.

He said individual women could not have that direct link to companies to sell their shea nut except through middlemen who offered them low prices.

He said that informed the need to group them into cooperatives, train and empower them to improve on their sheanut business by processing good quality sheanut for uptake by the company.

Mr Voorspools explained that the company would relatively better prices than the market price of the products to improve the livelihoods of women in the area.

‘This will allow them to not sell their produce early in the season but keep the nuts until the quality has reached the top level and they need to get the highest price in the market’, he said.

He said Fuji Oil had come to stay and would work with the women cooperatives to alleviate their poverty through the sheanut enterprise.

Mr Voorspools expressed their commitment to promoting environmental sustainability practices by planting economic trees with the cooperatives they worked with.

Mr Wisdom Doe, the Managing Director of GWI, the local implementer for Fuji Oil Ghana Ltd, said the members of the cooperatives had been supported with refinancing through Fuji Oil to aggregate the sheanuts.

He said the women had been provided with capacity building and cooperative management to enable them to run the cooperatives successfully.

‘The warehouse is to serve the purpose of resolving the challenge of storage that the women have in the shea value chain.

Before this warehouse women pick nuts, process and sell them at the beginning of the season where they sell it cheaply to middlemen who then store it and later sell at higher prices’, he explained.

He said the cooperatives had also received tricycles to enable them to cart the sheanut from the field to the warehouse for processing storage.

The intervention had so far reached 8,400 women with plans advanced to extend it to other parts of the region

Mr Doe said the communities in which they operated would also benefit from the ‘Shea for Life’ project of Fuji Oil which guaranteed the communities of some social interventions through the sheanuts they supplied to the company.

Madam Sappa Suoliha, a member of the cooperative, said due to the lack of a storage facility for their sheanuts, they used to sell them off as soon as they harvested them at low prices and thanked GWI and Fuji Oil for the intervention.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Infinity CEO donates submersible water pumping machine to Water Board

Residents of Dzodze in the Ketu North Municipality of the Volta Region have breathed a sigh of relief following a donation of a 7.5 HP submersible water pumping machine with other accessories.

Mr John Kwakuvi Hounlessodji, popularly known as ‘Infinity’ who is also the CEO of Infinity Stars Hotel and Den Enterprise, who donated the machines to the Water Board in Dzodze, said the gesture would reduce the water challenges reigning in the various communities for decades.

Mr Hounlessodji revealed that the equipment, worth GHC50,000 was procured from his business partner in India upon a verbal request for assistance from the Board was made to him.

He said: ‘They came to me for assistance and they wanted to write a letter seeking my help but I told them no, they should tell me what their need was after which I immediately called my business partner in India for the machine to be discharged to Ghana without any delay.’

Mr Hounlessodji also declared his intention to the Media of contesting the Parliamentary seat for Ketu North on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party(NPP).

This he said, remained his desire to keep serving his people as well as representing them in Parliament for positive growth in the entire Municipality.

Mr Amable Samuel Agbesi, Secretary to the Dzodze Water and Sanitation Development Board (WSDB), explained their resolve to approach Mr Hounlessodji for his support, saying, it was based on the predicaments they faced.

He thanked Mr Hounlessodji for his benevolence over the years and further assured him of putting the machine to good use.

Mr Anthony Avorgbedor Ablorde, the Municiapl Chief Executive MCE for Ketu North, commended Mr Hounlessodji for the support to end the issue of acute water crisis in the Daodze communities.

‘Infinity is a good man sent by God,’ he added.

Mr Avorgvedor also used the opportunity to appeal the Chiefs to come together in unity for the area to be given a Traditional Council as compared to other areas who are enjoying same.

Some traditional leaders who witnessed the short ceremony include, Torgbui Ege IV, the ‘Dutor Fia’ of Dzodze Fiagbedu, Torgbui Avorkliya V of Dzodze Kuli, Torgbui

Eso IV, Torgbui Atsu Dzesu III, representative Of Torgbui Adzofia V, representative of Torgbuiga Dzoku V of Dzodze Adagbledu, and Mama Egbo.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Wave off taxes on Tarkwa Aboso stadium- Gyaasehene appeals to Government

The Gyaasehene of Apinto Divisional Council, Nana Adarkwa Bediako III, has appealed to the Government to wave off taxes on the reconstruction of the ‘Tarkwa na Aboso’ stadium in the Western Region.

The work being funded by the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation (GFGF) was solely a community project to help promote sports in the country, he explained.

According to him, traditional authorities from Apinto Divisional Council and Wassa Fiase Traditional Area were therefore surprised when they were told that Gold Fields would have to pay a withholding tax of about $2 million on the project.

Nana Bediako III, who revealed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), stressed that: ‘The Minister of Finance please we the traditional authorities from Gold Fields operational areas are saying that paying the exorbitant taxes would deprive us of other important projects.

‘As we speak now this year there have not been any major projects and the reason is that Gold Fields think they would be bound to pay this money. We are therefore pleading with the government to reconsider the decision so they can use that money to develop our communities.

‘Gold Fields has done very well, they have managed to upgrade the Tarkwa na Aboso Park to a stadium for us and we are grateful to them. Indeed, Tarkwa and its environs need a lot of development, and we believe cancelling these taxes would help’ added Nana Bediako III.

The GFGF is constructing the stadium at a cost of $16.2 million and work being executed by Micheletti and Company Limited, would comprise a VVIP stand, general stands for spectators and officials, parking lots, an ambulance bay, Local Organizing Committee (LOC) office, dressing rooms, offices for coaches and referees, a media centre and a commentary box.

Other facilities under construction include floodlights, a physiotherapy and first aid office, an office for match commissioners, referees and a kits store.

The Tarkwa na Aboso Park, which originally had a seating capacity of 400 was not up to FIFA standards, but Gold Fields is now reconstructing it to meet international standards with a 10,400-sitting capacity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GLOWA calls for support for rural women in agriculture

The Global Action for Women Empowerment (GLOWA) a women’s rights advocacy and non-government organisation, has called for support for rural women in agriculture to reduce rural poverty and ensure food security.

Madam Ivy Bedy, Project Officer of GLOWA said interventions aimed at improving agriculture should be extended to rural communities especially women to help them increase productivity and promote sustainable practices to curb poverty.

She said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency after a community engagement at Takla Gbogame, Tokor, and Sokode-Ando in the Ho Municipality and Adaklu-Tsrefe, Adaklu-Gblefe and Adaklu-Goefe in the Adaklu District, all in the Volta Region.

The engagement, she said formed part of the Organisation’s Action for Voice and Inclusive Development (AVID) project to empower rural women and persons with disabilities to take positive actions to participate actively in local governance processes for improved livelihood.

Madam Bedy disclosed that GLOWA would be liaising with the Women in Agriculture Department (WIAD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to provide technical backstopping for smallholder women farmers within the project beneficiary communities on best farming practices to increase their yields and income level for the women.

Miss Rosemond Ewoenam Atutonu, Executive Director of GLOWA, also told GNA the NGO was collaborating with the Ghana Enterprise Agency (GEA) and relevant authorities in charge of the Planting for Food and Jobs to link the beneficiaries to available markets where they could easily sell their produce.

She appealed to traditional authorities in the project beneficiary communities to own the project, give adequate support to the women and make land available to them.

Mr Foster Avenyo, Adaklu District Budget Analyst, speaking to GNA appealed to residents in the district to pay their taxes to support the Assembly to undertake development activities.

Madam Elikplim Klu, President of the Volta Chapter of the Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD), took the participants through procedures for accessing the Disability Common Fund.

She disclosed to GNA that most of the persons with disabilities did not know the procedures for accessing the fund and some also were not aware of the existence of the fund and thus making it difficult for them to access the fund.

Madam Susan Termley Akortia, Officer in charge of Social Welfare and Community Development at the Adaklu District said her outfit was taking necessary measures to ensure that persons with disabilities received the needed support.

She urged women to be interested in governance issues of the country and charged them to make themselves available to represent their people in the forthcoming Assemblies Elections.

Togbe Sasraku IV, Chief of Adaklu-Goefe commended GLOWA for its efforts at improving the lives of women and persons with disabilities in rural communities and pledged to give the necessary support to the GLOWA-AVID project to ensure its success.

The project dubbed, ‘We Matter’ is a 15-month project and is being jointly implemented by GLOWA in partnership with the Ghana Federation of Disability (GFD), Volta Chapter and Adaklu POWER Women’s Group.

The project is being funded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation through STAR Ghana Foundation under the Action for Voice, Influence and Inclusive Development (AVID) Small Grant.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Farmer Support Activity to build resilience of 17,000 farmers?

The Farmer Support Activity (FSA), a USAID-funded initiative, today outdoored a cash scheme to help 17,000 smallholder farmers mitigate the impact of long dry spells, increase temperatures and a flood of climate change.

Under the initiative, each farmer will receive GHS3,499.65 (USD 315) from June to August 2023 to build the resilience of productive smallholder farmers to shocks and preserve agricultural productivity.

With the support, farmers from 17 districts of the northern regions will be able to cope with high input prices, without resorting to negative coping mechanisms such as reducing cultivated land or inputs, or the quality and quantity of household meals.

The FSA is a collaborative initiative of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the National Identification Authority, USAID African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership and ACDI/VOCA through the Market Systems Resilience Initiative, MTN, and the Institute of Economic and Development Research.

Mr Yaw Frimpong Addo, a Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, in charge of Crops, who launched the initiative in Accra, commended the donors and implementers, explaining that it would benefit women, youth, and people with disabilities, who live on agriculture.

The Deputy Minister who described the initiative as remarkable reiterated that access to capital was one of the obstacles smallholder farmers faced.

He expressed the hope that the yields from the initiative would contribute to the country’s food security and help reduce food inflation.

The initiative, Mr Addo said, was in line with the Government soon to be outdoored enhanced Planting for Food and Jobs programme, which would have a similar component.

He said the programme would take off in the southern part of the country this minor farming season.

Mr Addo urged the farmers to deliver and fight local poverty, increase food production and ensure food security.

Ms Barbara Clemens, World Food Programme Representative and Country Director said already about 16,000 had been registered and that the selected farmers had landholdings of between one to ten.

The WFP, she said, was exploring opportunities to leverage GIS technology (satellite imagery and remote sensing), to monitor crop types, trends, and patterns of productivity of the targeted farmers, to inform impact.

While global events may call to question the attainment of Zero Hunger by 2030, it is clear to me that it is doable only through coordination, collaboration, and synergizing our collective efforts to maximizing our impact,’ he said.

Ms Clemens said WFP would continue to collaborate and partner with all actors in the food and nutrition security space.

Ms Amber Lily Kenny, Deputy Director, Economic Growth of Office, USAID Ghana, said the FSA was valued at $7 million and would bolster food security.

She said, ‘By partnering with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and USAID, WFP aim to harness the Government’s expertise to empower farmers and strengthen agricultural practices.’

Source: Ghana News Agency

Shortage of maize Seed disrupts planting in Sissala

Scores of farmers in the Sissala area are worried about the shortage of maize seed for planting coupled with the unpredictable rainfall.

Only those that bought the commodity in the dry season can sow now.

It came to light when the Ghana News Agency (GNA) went to selected Agro input shops in Tumu, Gwollu, and Welembelle to find out about the alleged shortage of some hybrid seeds demanded by maize farmers.

It came out that the major maize seed often used by the farmers included: ‘Pioneer’, ‘Lake’, ‘Pan 53’, ‘Kabamanoj’ and ‘LG 336’ which have become known seeds among farmers for their good yields and drought-resistant nature were out of stock.

A farmer, Asmiru Kwesi told the GNA he wanted pioneer seed but it was not there so he would wait for a few more days to see if they would be available ‘but today being the 21st of June if I don’t get it, I will be forced to go for anything available’.

At another agro shop, WY Farms, Mr Waris Ibrahim, representative of LakeSeedd, said he was expecting 1600 bags of the 50kg seed to come into the Sissala area in the next few days for farmers to buy and gave the assurance that they still had some quantities of the yellow lake seed available.

In an interview with Mr Isaac K. Razak, the Municipal Agriculture Extension Officer, he mentioned that over the years, the farmer’s preference for the Pioneer, Lake, and the LG 336 seed made their absence suggest there was no seed for farmers.

Mr Razak disclosed that there were other seeds such as ‘Seedco’, ‘kabamanoj’ and ‘Mastrop’ in some of the Agro shops including the ones produced by the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute of the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-SARI) which included ‘Wandata’, ‘Bihilnfa’ and encouraged the farmers to buy and plant as they could give equal yields.

Attempts to speak to Pioneer representatives were not successful except for dealers of their products including agro-input dealer Paapa and BB Slows Enterprises who assured the farmers they were working hard to get the seed for the farmers.

The situation of shortage of pioneer and lake seed product was reported in Tumu, Gwollu, Welembelle, and Funsi where thousands of acreage of maize field is expected to be cultivated around this farming season.

Source: Ghana News Agency