August 2, 2022
Dr. Afua Asabea Asare tours the Ashanti Regional Office
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare together with her Deputy Chief Executive in Charge of Operations and Finance, Mr. Samuel Dentu have paid a working visit to the Ashanti Regional Minister, to have discuss how the Authority can support in making the region to become export-oriented region.
At the meeting with the Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Afua Asabea Asare touched on some projects GEPA embarked on that contributed to the increase of 17% of the 2021 Non-Traditional Export (NTE) earnings.
She also touched on the Export School building project which will be situated in Kumasi to give fundamental training on exports to enable exporters meet international standard requirements.
Her Deputy in charge of Operations and Finance, Mr. Samuel Dentu mentioned that GEPA will be putting up an Impact Hub which will serve as a one stop shop for all export related activities.
Hon. Simon Osei-Mensah was excited about the working visit and the initiatives of GEPA. He expressed his excitement about the NEDS which he sees as a policy direction on the way forward for exports. He added that his office is ready to give all the necessary support needed to fully implement the initiatives GEPA is putting together for the Ashanti region.
The CEO’s itinerary included a media visit to Nhyira FM where the CEO shared insights on the performance of the Non-Traditional sector in 2021 and a visit to some exporters in the region.
The first stop was at Unipower Limited located in Kwadaso Estate, Kumasi. Unipower is the manufacturer of Tete Bitters and owned by Mr. Prosper Mensah. His vision is to penetrate the international market with Tete Bitters.
The second stop was at the Agricultural, Industrial and Commercial Products Limited. The company has been producing Charcoal Briquettes since 2018 and is located at Bamang, a village near Bonwire. The company produces briquettes using waste products and distributes this to destinations in Europe and Middle East.
The final stop was Western D33d3w limited, producers of Western D33d3w and Ashanti Royal aromatic rice. The owners are very enthusiastic about the future ahead and hopeful to be the number one rice processing company in the world.
For Dr. Afua Asabea Asare and Mr. Samuel Dentu the visit was to strengthen the relationship that exists between GEPA and Exporters and to hear what their concerns are, in person.
All three companies were elated with the Executive visit and used the occasion to channel their problems to the Executives.
Dr. Asare used the occasion to visit some exporters in the region, to interact and identify ways to further support their work to increase export earnings.