Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, a presidential aspirant of the NDC says when he is elected as President all state functions under his leadership will serve locally made dishes and drinks.
The move, he explained, would be a good example by the state for the citizenry to emulate, help boost the local economy by reducing imports, and attract investors to export and earn the nation foreign exchange.
“It is not the best to serve foreign officials from countries such as France, Britain, Germany, United States of America and Denmark with wine made from their respective countries during state events,” he said.
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Accra, to share his perspectives on ways of improving the country’s economy, Spio-Garbrah noted that, locally brewed beverages, including palm wine, pito, bisasap (sobolo) and asana (locally made beverage from maize) would also be served at high-level state receptions.
Spio-Garbrah stated that a strong national advocacy would be mounted to orient people on the need to eat locally grown produce, especially rice, to provide jobs and help the economy.
“Few may have political programmes but there are grants valued at trillions of dollars in the philanthropic environment that could be accessed to support GETFUND operations such as the free SHS. This kind of funds cannot tie the country down,” Mr Spio-Gabrah said.
The GETFund he said had a good track record including building schools, awarding scholarships to qualified students and access grant from other non-governmental organization.
Spio-Garbrah suggested that government should source for funding from philanthropic institutions and individuals without any strings attached instead of borrowing with interest from countries like China that affects inflation, budget deficit and other economic fundamentals.
“If there are these kinds of funds why will our government resort to borrowing and plunge the country into huge debt. Borrowing has a negative impact on the economy,” he said.