- Nana Addo believes the Kumasi City Mall will create jobs for hundreds of unemployed
- The president is charging authorities of the mall to increase the sale of Ghana-made goods
President Akufo-Addo has launched the Kumasi City Mall with a call on retailers to concentrate on the sale of locally produced goods.
Inaugurating the first ever mall in Kumasi could have seen the president boast about the majestic and aesthetic nature of the shopping center but Nana Addo was rather concerned about how best the trade center could open up job opportunities for local businesses in and around the environs of Kumasi.
In his speech, the president lamented how “…in some of our malls and supermarkets across the country, carrots sold, for example, are imported from Holland. Some of the dressed chickens on sale have also come from Brazil. Indeed, the items originating from Ghana and from our local entrepreneurs constitute barely a paltry 5% of goods on sale”.
Watch the colourful arrival of the president and Asantehene at the inauguration
Nana Addo therefore wishes the mall to create an economic transformation for Ghana and mostly restructure the economic nature of the Ashanti regional capital of Kumasi.
According to Nana Addo, he wishes for “Kumasi to be a place of work again, not just a place where people come for funerals”.
The establishment of the Kumasi City Mall saw an outrage of mockery on social media after a video showed an orientation exercise for some customers who could not use the escalators.
Meanwhile, the $95 million mall is arguably one of the largest malls in West Africa as authorities boast of a daily patronage by 23,000 customers.
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