Ghana Pioneers The Establishment of an Ultra-modern Shoe Factory in West Africa


The town of Akropong in Southern Ghana located just 215 km North-West of the capital, Accra , has earned a place on the world manufacturing & export map for becoming the first indigenous  factory in Ghana and Africa to produce “Made in Ghana” shoes.

The factory known as Shoe Fabriek is the biggest ultra modern and comprehensive shoe factory in west Africa focusing on security boots and school shoes. It is a wholly owned Ghanaian shoe factory which has a vision of transforming the African shoe making industry. Shoe Fabriek focuses on making high quality shoes and apparel for men, women and children. 

Built with private Ghanaian investment, the 173 Square foot facility will provide direct jobs for about 400 and indirect jobs for 1500 Ghanaians on a 24 hour shift.

During the commissioning ceremony of the factory, which was done by the president of the Republic of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo together with Ghana’s Minister of Trade, Alan K. Kyeremanteng, the CEO of Shoe Fabriek, Madam Salomey Gyamfi reiterated that Shoe Fabriek with its state of the art technology has the capacity to produce 800 pairs of different models a day including security boots, school shoes and casual shoes. 

Shoe Fabriek Young ladies stitching shoes

Akropong, known famously for producing snails and palm oil will see a massive transformation with the establishment of the shoe manufacturing facility which is under the Government of Ghana flagship programme popularly known as 1 District 1 Factory or 1D1F, which has been hailed by the the Ghanaian government as farsighted with global significance.

The “One District One Factory” Initiative is a key component of the Industrial Transformation Agenda of the Government of Ghana.

Programme Objectives & Mission of 1D1F

1. spatial spread of industries and thereby stimulate economic activity and growth in different parts of the country.

2. To enhance the production of local substitutes for imported goods and thereby conserve scarce foreign exchange.

3. To promote exports and increase foreign exchange earnings to support the government’s development agenda.