October 29, 2019

50th Anniversary Export Project Competition

As part of Ghana Export Promotion Authority’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Authority is launching a competition on export development dubbed ” Export Project Competition” amongst the youth, including students in tertiary institutions nationwide.


There are 1.3 billion youth in the world today and 1 billion of them live in the developing world. It is worrying to note that more than half of young people in developing countries are unemployed. With growing global economic unrest, providing jobs and training for youth is one of the major challenges of our times.

The youth of today are tomorrow’s workforce, as such it is imperative that the youth are provided with every possible opportunity to succeed. It is therefore crucial to empower youth with the needed financial and other resources including the right technologies and the entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and knowledge.

What is needed for many youth today are opportunities to participate in global trade, and this export project competition provides one of such opportunities for the Ghanaian youthto step onto the plate, so to speak.

In this regard, the overarching purpose of the export project competition is to stimulate the interest of the youth and encourage their active participation in the export value chain in Ghana, and with time become major players in international export business.

Participants are allowed to develop any project or proposal of their choice that fits into Ghana’s export agenda and within the Ghanaian non-traditional export context. Preference will however be given to “outside the box” projects/proposals that exhibit creativity, innovation, provide a solution to peculiar export-related problems and which are feasible, bankable and emphasize value addition. What is that ideal project that will revolutionize the Ghanaian Non-Traditional Export Sector?

Rules of Entry

  • The essay competition is open solely to Ghanaian nationals.
  • Only one entry per participant will be accepted
  • The entries should be no more than 2000 words and no less than 750 words
  • Any subject or style of writing is welcome. However, entries must be in sync with the narrative i.e. feasible, bankable and exportable ideas and concepts.
  • The verdict of the panel of judges on any matter is final. Participants will not be permitted to appeal any verdict.
  • Entries cannot be altered or retrieved after it has been tendered. No correspondence will be entered into once work has been submitted.
  • Supporting data, policy documents, existing literature and references should be submitted to enable judges to establish the veracity of entries.
  • Plagiarism in any shape or form will result in immediate disqualification from the competition. Culprits will be not be allowed re-entry.
  • By entering the competition, all entrants grant the Authority a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free, license to use and publish each entry for any purpose and in
  • any manner which the Authority, in its sole discretion, deems appropriate.
  • The winning entry (ies) shall receive a prize and GEPA may reasonably assist the proponent to implement the project.

Submission details

  • Participants are required to include their full names, email addresses as well as a copy of a National ID in all submissions i.e. either electronically or in hard-copy.
  • Essays may be submitted either electronically or in hard-copy
  • Electronic entries can be emailed to ruth.maafo@gepaghana.org
  • Hard-copies should be submitted in person at the head office of GEPA.
  • Hard-copy submissions must be in a sealed envelope marked: GEPA@ 50 Competition
  • All entries must be submitted by Thursday November 7th 2019.


Selection Process

Stage 1

At the close of entries on November 7th 2019, a panel of judges will be constituted to carry out the first selection. A shortlist of the top six entries will be established for further assessment.

Stage 2

The shortlisted participants will then face the panel of judges and make a verbal/practical presentation of their projects/proposals for a final decision on the winner. At the end, the panel will select the final three winners (winner, 1st runner up and 2nd runner up).


27th September 2019 –           Launch of the Competition

7th November 2019     –           Close of Entry

15th November 2019  –           Shortlisting and Announcement of top six entries

21st November 2019  –           Presentation by Shortlisted Entrants to Panel of Judges

29th November 2019  –           Announcement of Winners


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