July 7, 2022

Implementation of Export Strategy on Course as 19 are Trained in International Export Trade

The GEPA – Export School in Collaboration with the Institute of Export and International Trade (IoE&IT) United Kingdom, and the International Trade Centre (ITC) Switzerland, have held a congregation ceremony for graduate students in the export and trade profession who have successfully completed their programmes in the 2021 academic year.

The Level 4 Diploma in International Trade consists of four modules:

  1. The Business Environment Module
  2. Finance of International Trade Module.
  3. International Marketing Module.
  4. International Physical Distribution Module.

The program is in furtherance of GEPA’s core mandate of capacity building of the exporting community to broaden Ghana’s export basket. The one-year online programme is aimed at providing participants with opportunities to understand how to trade internationally, develop the capacity to manage, formulate strategic options and define business winning plans in an international trade environment.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Dr. Afua Asabea Asare, said that for exports to thrive, excel, and succeed, it is important to ensure that Exporters are well resourced in capacity to deliver as expected.

The National Export Development Strategy (NEDS) which hinges on 3 pillars of supply base expansion of products of Ghanaian origin, streamlining of the regulatory environment and capacity building of actors in the export space, is crucial to the attainment of the broader national export goal.

The 3rd pillar will involve upgrading GEPA’s Export School as an accredited tertiary institution, as well as providing capacity building initiatives for our Exporters. In the long term, it is expected that Ghana’s educational system will be re-engineered to reflect the human resource needs of export-oriented industrialization.

The ultimate objective is to orient a substantial number of trained men and women actively engaged in businesses in the industrial export product and services value chains countrywide. It is expected that graduates of Export School will be capable of transforming Ghana’s natural resources and raw commodities into manufactured economic wealth.

“The multifaceted course content, I believe has equipped our graduates with opportunities to understand how to trade internationally and define business winning plans in an international trade environment especially on our continent. I want to believe that I am looking at the next crop of business minds that will stem the tide of our continent within the decade, and give us better figures to call out when we talk about intra-African trade.”       End quote but No open quote.

The ceremony was chaired by the Hon. Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry (MOTI), Mr. Herbert Krapa, who congratulated the graduating students and commended GEPA for the collaboration in rolling out this important programme in International Trade here in Ghana. He said not too long ago, he was in GEPA for the graduation ceremony for the Youth in Export Program which graduated about 20 young people and its currently empowering them for the export market, and today he is in the same building to graduate 19 students from the International Trade Program.

In his opinion, GEPA is fast earning a reputation as an institution that is working on building the potential of the Youth in Ghana for the International trade and export market.

“For the young graduates, you are graduating at a time when engaging the productive sectors of our economy could not be any more relevant; and this time, it is important for you to recognize the responsibility that you carry. You carry an extra responsibility because you are a pioneering class and that is going to be a burden which will be on your shoulder for a long time to come. I am confident that you are going to be able to convert that burden into benefits and be able to make yourselves and your country proud”

He emphasized the fact that there are numerous opportunities available to them and that multilateral trade is a very vast and expansive field of study. At the regional level, the AfCFTA has been introduced and is currently being implemented. There are numerous opportunities accessible to them, and attention must be paid across the value chain ensuring that all are all taken advantage of.

The Minister congratulated the graduates for joining the space where there are lots of opportunities available they aren’t aware of, until they start the journey of participating.

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