The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) on Monday commended government's efforts at making available a minimum of one billion Ghana cedis to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on businesses as the partial lockdown takes effect on March 30.
The Association said it was looking forward to engaging government on the modalities for effective implementation of this lifeline package, a statement signed by Mr Seth Twum-Akwaboah, AGI Chief Executive Officer, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said.
It welcomed the steps taken by government to stop further spread of the disease, admitting that the Restrictions Act comes with economic implications, disruptions to business and global supply chains.
The AGI, however, added that in spite of the flaws in the Act, the Association was of the belief that Government's decision to protect lives through the partial lockdown was most paramount at this time.
It added that the Association had carefully noted a number of genuine concerns raised by businesses over uncertainties surrounding the arrangements in the restrictions.
The Association said it was expectant that government would put in the necessary measures to ensure continuous delivery of essential services and production of key items.
It said it was engaging government on the detailed provisions under the 'stay at home' lockdown to ensure that business operations were not overly disrupted.
In the meantime, the statement said: "We wish to remind businesses producing essential items or delivering essential services to take note of the following; their employees must always carry their staff ID cards to ease movement; and ensure that transport arrangements are in place to facilitate movement of their staff to and from work."
It added that the AGI was also working with the Ministry of Trade and Industry to authenticate and facilitate the validation of companies that produced essential goods or services.
The statement said in view of the engagement with the Ministry of Trade, sectors or products which were not listed in the recent directive but for which companies believed were essential and critical for this challenging period should be brought to the attention of AGI for discussion with Government.
Until the situation normalises, the Association urged the business community to put in the necessary measures to protect themselves and their staff.
It urged them to adhere to the COVID-19 risk management protocols, noting that AGI would be available to offer its assistance to members who may need help within the period.