The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Joseph Yammin, has held official discussions with Executives of GIMTRAC, a South African Company, who are in the country to explore partnerships and invest in the country.
The delegation was led by Mr Gerhard Ferreira, Managing Director of GIMTRAC, accompanied by Mr Chaka Croukamp, Corporate Liaison Manager; Mr Steve Noi, Liaison Officer; Mr. Philip Alimo, Country Representative and Mr Paul Cleland, Assistant Representative.
Receiving the delegation at his offices, Hon. Yammin reiterated government’s quest to effectively partner with the private sector to help promote and develop sports in the country.
He said that Public Private Partnerships was the way forward in developing sporting facilities and infrastructure, and lauded GIMTRAC for its initiative in seeking partnerships and investment opportunities in the sports sector.
Hon Yammin said that Government would soon put up multipurpose sports courts in the districts to help identify and groom talents and enable them have access to sports facilities in their localities.
Mr Ferreira expressed his appreciation to the Deputy Minister for hosting them and stated that GIMTRAC was a wholly South African company, which had been in the sports manufacturing and import business for over three decades.
He said GIMTRAC had its own manufacturing plant which produces the highest quality sports equipment, including athletics track and field equipment, gymnastics equipment for all the ball sports, and sports attire, adding that the company had successfully supplied around the continent to major African Games and Championships.
He added that GIMTRAC, with its wealth of knowledge and extensive experience in almost all sporting codes, was ever ready to offer its services and support to Ghana to ensure a successful implementation of all the sporting codes required by the country.
Present at the meeting were the Acting Director-General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Ms Alice Attipoe and the Chief Sports Development Officer of NSA, Mr Erasmus Adorkor.
In a related development, the Deputy Minister was the Special Guest at workshop held by GIMTRAC, to formally introduce itself to the Ghanaian public at a ceremony held at the Accra Sports Stadium yesterday.
A presentation outlining the various services and equipments that the Company manufactures was made, whilst samples of their products were on display to showcase the company’s slogan of ‘Made in Africa for Africa’.