October 2, 2018

ITC in Ghana for institutional strengthening of GEPA, through AIM

A team from the International Trade Centre (ITC), is in Ghana to work with Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), in strengthening the institution (GEPA), which is the state’s mandated trade facilitation agency for Ghana’s nontraditional products i.e all Ghanaian products except gold, timber, unprocessed cocoa and electricity, through assessment improvement measures.

The ITC is involved in projects providing trade technical assistance in countries all over the world.

The team from ITC., comprises Ms Miyoba Lubemba, a Senior Programme Officer, Institutional Strenghening of Enterprises and Institutions at ITC and Ms Anna Brezhneva, an International Consultant, Trade and Investment Support Institutions at ITC, will have various sessions with management, staff and stakeholders of the GEPA from Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, October 5, 2018 to improve managerial and operational capacity of the institution.

Briefing on may purpose of current visit, the team indicated that, “we are here to improve institutional performance improvement to equip managerial and operational capacity to support GEPA’s clients.”

The ITC enjoys a joint mandate with the World Trade Organization (WTO) as well as with the United Nations (UN) through the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Within this framework, ITC is the focal point for trade related technical assistance.

Areas of focus

Among areas the five-day ITC institutional strengthening work session at GEPA is focusing on include; ITC engagement on TISI Strengthening – MOPSE and Assessment Improvement Measures (AIM) for results, briefing on the programme for the week, review of benchmark findings, and strenghts and weeaknesses identified and updating based on changes since the Benchmarking assessment.

The rest are; examining GEPA Resources and capabilities for Service Delivery, Financing, Networks and Partnerships, Updating and validating GEPA’s Leadership Action Plan.

Adding to the above include; Prioritizing Challenges and areas for action for GEPA’s performance improvement, Training Workshop-Reviewing and Updating GEPA portfolio of Services, Evaluating current service delivery of GEPA, Presentation of Mission Outputs and definition of next steps.

Leading the GEPA at the ITC Assessment Improvement Measure (AIM) is Madam Afua Asabea Asare (CEO, GEPA) and her two deputies; Mr Sam Dentu and Mr Albert Kassim Diwura and other management staff members.

The last time ITC embarked on a similar assessment improvement measure was in October, 2016.

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