May 1, 2018

May Day: Ayekoo to our gallant producers and exporters

In celebrating this day, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) will want to extend our felicitations to our gallant producers, farmers and exporters of nontraditional Ghanaian products (i.e all Ghanaian products aside unprocessed gold, unprocessed timber, electricity and raw cocoa beans), on commitments made in production and exports, particularly in the past year.

As the nation’s mandated institution for the identification, development and promotion of Ghanaian products and services, within the subregion and in all continents of the world, we acknowledge the contributions of all Ghanaian people, particularly all workers in the formal and informal sectors of Ghana’s economy.

In the past eleven (11) months, under my leadership, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) through our able products teams, have embarked on a rigorous mission, aimed at revitalizing and resuscitating products such as cashew, pineapple and coconut.

Also, plans have been put in place to strengthen brand and capacities of Ghanaian handicrafts, garments, textiles and apparels industries, services providers, in order to improve and build a Ghanaian-brand, competitive enough, to compete with counterparts in Asia, within Africa and across the globe.

Cashew, pineapple and coconut received diseases-resistant planting seeds for planting, including technical and other supports, to boost productions, under the national export strategy and ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo’s government.

Produce from these products value chains, will receive buying from markets in Europe, America, Asia, other parts of Africa and in the ‘Middle East’, which my team including other state agencies and ministries, under current government, have secured for our Ghanaian farmers and producers.

Plans are far advanced to develop avocado for export. When funding is secured for avocado, produce in the avocado value chain would be exported to markets outside Ghana, particularly in Europe and in America.

Adding to the above, GEPA in the last couple of months has rigorously been working at developing at least one product/service in every district of Ghana, for local consumption of Ghanaian industries and for export – dubbed One District One Exportable Product.

Lastly, the United Nations’, through UNIDO [United Nations’ Industrial Development Organisation], with funding from Swiss Secretariat for Economic Development (SECO), has helped Ghana with a trade capacity building program. Under the UNIDO trade capacity program, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), is equipped with a web portal, known as GEPA Market Hub, aimed at promoting exports and imports from Ghana to local buyers,  and to buyers outside Ghana.

In light of the above, registered exporters and services providers are encouraged to unveil their enterprises details to GEPA, for onward migration onto the Market Hub.

These, are among innovative steps the GEPA has embarked on, particularly under the current regime, to improve on our country’s current export revenue on nontraditional Ghanaian products of a little above $2.3 billion (on yearly average) to at least $10 billion yearly, in the next few years, particularly between 2017 and 2021.

With the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement, which sees forty-four countries, including Ghana, agree to opening borders for member countries to freely sell services and products, GEPA urges all Ghanaian people, to take advantage of the agreement, and produce more and export more to these markets of the 44 member countries as well as to other countries.

Once again, on behalf of all staff of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), I say ayekoo to all Ghanaian workers, more especially to all farmers and producers, exporters of Ghanaian services and brand.

Signed

Madam Gifty Kekeli Klenam (CEO),
Ghana Export Promotion Authority.

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