Kumasi: GEPA spearheads five-day programme to build capacity of exporters


The maiden edition of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) School has been held in Kumasi with a call on exporters to collaborate among themselves and take advantage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

“It is not about competition. This time, it is about collaboration and networking because the world needs a lot of products and one person might not provide it all. The entire country wants to succeed in the AfCFTA, therefore we need to collaborate among ourselves to push our goods out there,” said Albert Kassim Diwura, a Deputy Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Albert Kassim Diwura.

Touching on the Export School, Mr. Diwura observed that exports from the country over the years have not met demand.

“We seek to build the capacity of exporters because it’s a global trade. You don’t sit in Ghana and expect you will be able to compete favourably with the rest of the world with the knowledge that you have. And so, we work with the International Trade Centre (ITC), and other institutions to make sure that we bring the knowledge of exporters up to speed so they’re able to compete favourably with their competitors around the world.”

The Deputy Commander-Ghana Immigration Service in the Ashanti Region Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI), Constance Boateng noted that his outfit is always ready to assist exporters in getting the needed travel documents and requirements without the intervention of middlemen.

“Our offices are open 24/7 if you come to us, we will facilitate the process for you, how and what you need before you will qualify to get a Ghanaian passport. Also how to get a visa is a challenge, most times, these fraudsters dupe you, they give you fake passports, and fake visas, and most of the time we receive these complaints a lot, we verify these visas and we realise they are all fake.”

He thus advised exporters to always engage the services of the Ghana Immigration Service in their travelling documentation.

Spearheaded by GEPA, the five-day programme would expose participants to a range of courses, including elements of contracts and negotiations, international trade participation, packaging

A participant Gabriel Abitey described the program as timely adding that it will help with the expansion and promote his products.

“This program is what we need because we need networking, we need expansion of our market, further education, and funds, we even intend to join similar activities that will happen, so this is not our last, there are several more we will be attending”, the Chief Executive Officer of Sapient Organics opined.


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