March 25, 2022

GEPA Holds Transition Workshop as it Takes Over ITC-Funded Projects

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The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has held a transition workshop on the ITC-funded GreenToCompete project to assess its impact and to discuss with existing and new beneficiaries, the outlook for the programme as it fully takes over its implementation.

Since 2019, the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) GreenToCompete Hub hosted in Ghana by GEPA has been offering technical assistance to Ghanaian Small and Medium Enterprises. Support offered includes building their capacity and knowledge to implement green business practices by focusing on key aspects of sustainability such as resource efficiency and circular economy, voluntary and sustainability standards (VSS), e-commerce and access to finance.

Image previewWith the implementation of the modules completed by ITC, GEPA has taken over the GreenToCompete Hub activities to deliver various green modules to the benefit of Ghanaian SMEs starting with a pilot of the voluntary and sustainability standards module for selected SMEs.

The transition workshop was therefore to officially close and switch the GreenToCompete Hub activities from the direct implementation of ITC into the hands of GEPA.

It was also to create awareness about voluntary and sustainability standards and invite SMEs to have an exclusive opportunity to be part of the program.

Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Mr. Samuel Dentu, highlighting the need for the project takeover, said that Ghana’s economy remains highly dominated by the activities of local SMEs hence the need to build their capacity to trade competitively locally and across international markets.

Image preview“GEPA was pleased when ITC contracted the authority to work on this project because SMEs contribute significantly to the national economy whilst striving to compete not only in Ghana but also on the international market,” he said.

He reiterated that activities are strongly aligned to GEPA’s mandate and pledged the Authority’s commitment to support and strengthen SMEs to scale up their exports.

The project has so far benefited over 50 exporting and export-ready SMEs in Cocoa, Shea Processing, Fruits and Vegetables, Arts and Craft sectors. Through Personalized training and coaching some businesses such as Chocoluv, Hendy Farms, Solution Oasis, GKV Foods and Tamworld have been able to chart an easy path to a more sustainable trade and to connect with green finance and international markets.

 

 

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