The industrial sector employed 7,442 people representing 15.4 % of the labour force in the year 2000.This number has reduced to 6,962 people in 2005 depicting a percentage decrease of 3.4% from 15.4% in 2000 to 12% in 2005.
Types of Industries
The major types of industries found in the Municipality are agro-processing, manufacturing and mining mainly undertaken by Mensin Gold Mines Bibiani Limited at Bibiani, Chirano Gold Company Limited at Chirano and Bauxite mining at Awaso by the Ghana Bauxite Company Limited.
Out of the categories of manufacturing industries, only small-scale industries exist in the Municipality. These range from carpentry and joinery, Jewellery, pottery metal smelting, palm and oil extraction, automobile fitting, refrigeration repair, cassava processing, cereal milling, bakery, shoe making, local gin (akpeteshie) distilling, tie and dye and batik making, to fuel dispensing.
These small-scale industries are thriving pretty well in the Municipality. However, access to credit facilities in order to expand them by their owners remains a major challenge. This and equally important factors prevent the manufacturing sub-sector to grow and contribute immensely towards the development of the Municipality.
This sub-sector provides employment for a considerable number of people in the Municipality. The major items of trade are agricultural products and inputs, orthodox and herbal drugs, auto-parts, clothing, provisions and petroleum and plastic products. Women dominate the commerce sub-sector in the district. However, their contribution to the local economy is not much felt due to the small nature of their businesses (petty trading). Commerce in the Municipality is an area that has not been fully harnessed for socio-economic development as compared with farming.
The district has two major market centres located at Bibiani and Sefwi Bekwai and a minor one at Pataboso Junction. The fortunate issue about these market centres is that, they operate effectively on different days of the week such as Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at Sefwi Bekwai, Pataboso Junction and Bibiani respectively which provides the opportunity for producers and traders to send their products/wares to all the market centres as possible within the week. This situation increases sales of traders as well as revenue base of the Assembly. This also affects the growth and the development these markets.
However, infrastructure development at these market centres is still moving gradually. The markets do not have adequate essential structures such as stores/stalls, places of convenience and sanitary equipment.
The District Assembly has realised this unproductive phenomenon and is collaborating effectively with the stakeholders to develop the markets to their full potentials.
Date Created : 11/19/2017 3:47:24 AM