May 13, 2021
GHANA EXPORT PROMOTION AUTHORITY LAUNCHES GEPA IMPACT HUB
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority has introduced a technology-driven export trade information centre set up to provide up-to-date export related information for the exporter community. Performing the launch at the Africa Trade House in Accra, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Alan Kyerematen acknowledged that providing digitized trade information in a timely manner, increases the competitiveness of the Ghanaian exporter to take advantage of the AfCFTA.
Dr. Afua Asabea Asare who delivered the welcome address mentioned that the GEPA Impact Hub is meant to provide value-added services to the exporter community in Ghana. These efforts are meant to make an input to the National Export Development Strategy which has the ultimate objective of attaining US$25.3 billion in Non-Traditional Export earnings by the year 2029.
The Chief Executives of collaborative institutions of the GEPA Impact Hub also delivered statements at the launch in support of the initiative i.e. Prof. Alex Dodoo of the Ghana Standards Authority, Madam Delese Mimi Darko of Food & Drugs Authority and Mr. Prudence Attipoe Deputy Director, Plant Quarantine Services of the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate.
Other notable personalities present at the launch event were H.E. Dr. Aisa Kacyira, Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Ghana, Members of the Parliamentary Sub Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism including its Chairman, Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah, the CEOs of Ghana Investment Promotion Centre and Ghana Tourism Authority, Mr. Yofi Grant and Mr Akwasi Agyemang respectively.
One unique feature of the GEPA Impact Hub is the presence of key regulatory agencies who have permanent desks within the Hub:
- The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA)
- The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA)
- The Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) of the
Ministry of Food & Agriculture.
These three agencies are providing part of their services from the Hub, to curtail the time and effort spent by clients moving from one office to the other in search of relevant information.
The GEPA Impact Hub on the 9th floor of the Africa Trade House, is an IT-enabled hub with computers, online resources, a library and two business lounges with limited space for B2B meetings on demand by client exporters. The Trade Library offers current information resources on international trade, with printed publications, online resources and market analysis tools such as Trade and Investment Maps.
The GEPA Impact Hub also serves as an “incubator” for potential exporters, particularly young would-be exporters who will be provided guidance, navigation and training on accessing export trade information.
Other activities to be hosted at the Hub include:
- Bi-monthly Ghana Export School Webinars
- Time with seasoned Exporters
- Mentoring sessions with students with bankable export projects
- Quarterly Masterclass sessions
The exporter community, young entrepreneurs, and the general public is encouraged to patronize the facility and make full use of various services on offer.