August 2, 2022

Be innovative about the implementation of NEDS—GEPA CEO to committees

Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) earnings increased from $2.847 billion in 2020 to $3.33 billion in 2021, representing an increase of 17%. This was reported in the 2021 NTE statistics launched by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA).

The implementation of the NEDS will require strong collaboration between players and partners within the non-traditional export sector to achieve the strategic goal which will significantly increase the non-traditional export revenue from $2.9billion in 2019 to a target of 25.3 billion in 2029.

The lead implementing agency of the strategy, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, is committed to ensuring that this national document changes Ghana’s fortunes as envisaged, for us to benefit as individuals.

To this end, the authority has organized a NEDS/AfCFTA National Implementation Workshop

for all related stakeholders in the trade and export promotion sectors to discuss practical

solutions on how the country could leverage the African Continental Free Trade Area to

achieve its export development strategy.

In her welcoming address, the Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, said: “We can’t continue to do things the same way and expect different results. We need to all put our hands on deck to deliver the nation Ghana from its current state of dependency on imports and this can only be achieved through tackling the situation from the grassroots.”

She indicated that the workshop should provoke all stakeholders to make things happen and think like there is no box.

She added: “After this conference, GEPA together with other stakeholders is embarking on a district sensitization programme across the country. It is expected that this project when completed will ensure that stakeholders are not only aware of the content of the NEDS but also know and appreciate their roles and contributions towards attaining the target and particularly towards the One District, One Exportable Product (1D1EP) Project.”

The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Herbert Krapa, admonished the stakeholders to have collective change of mindsets and put all hands on deck.

“We cannot implement the National Export Development Strategy without institutional collaboration. I don’t mean institutional collaboration in the sense of it being a cliché, or the box-ticking type,” he emphasized.

According to the Minister, the National Export Development Strategy would work if all stakeholders put in the right levels of commitment to ensure its realization of its numerous targets.

“I mean institutional collaboration in the truest sense of the phrase: which naturally starts with a recognition that parties being invited to the table truly have something to offer, and parties sitting around the table, accepting in similar respectable fashion, that they must give everything they can to make what we do a success,” he said.

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This workshop is the first in the series of a number of workshops to be organized nationwide to enable the strategy gain a practical foothold at the grassroot level. It is expected that the regional programmes will adopt a similar multidisciplinary/multi-functional approach

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