November 7, 2017

National export strategy: one district, one exportable product

The “One-District-One-Factory” programme is a flagship industrialisation programme initiated by the government. It is aimed at building a factory in each of the 216 districts in Ghana. The aim of this key policy is to ensure that Ghana’s ongoing industrialization drive spreads to every part of the country. Right now, Ghana’s in a situation where the vast majority of manufacturing facilities are located in the five largest urban areas. These are Accra, Tema, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale.                                                                                                                                                 

One District – One Factory

Given the government’s policy of transforming the economy of Ghana through value addition of raw materials in 216 districts of Ghana under a strategy of “One District- One Factory” for processing of key indigenous product(s) in each district, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) found it expedient to expand the list of the eleven (11) identified products for development and promotion under the National Export Strategy (NES) to accommodate other key products with export potentials identified at district / regional level by the District / Regional Coordinate Councils for processing under “One-District One-Factory” policy.

In light of the foregoing, a team from GEPA had series of discussions with Regional coordinating teams to discuss possible product(s) for consideration under “One District One Factory” to enable GEPA fashion export development and promotional strategies for them. GEPA began the initial processes of consulting stakeholders, in the districts, to identify the products suited for each district. The larger outlook involves consultation with all the 10 regions of Ghana.                                                                                                                                         

GEPA visited and has had interactions with actors in five regions of the country. Notably, the Eastern, Volta, Upper West, Upper East and the Northern Regions. In pursuit of executing GEPA’s mandate, a National Export Strategy (NES) document was developed and duly launched. The NES was developed with a strategic intent of targeting certain key sectors for vigorous development and promotion.

Towards 5 billion USD additional revenues

To that effect, the strategy proposed 11 priority products for Ghana to invest resources towards the achievement of the desired outcome of 5 billion US dollars after 4 years of the implementation of the strategy. The implementation plan of the Strategy was district oriented. It advocated the development and promotion of at least one exportable product in all the districts in Ghana. In other words, it was postulated that a district should have at least one exportable product in its basket of products and services.

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