|GDP (US$) $37.54 billion, 2015|
|Population, 27.41 million, 2015|
|Source: World Bank data|
Ghana’s coastal location, ports and roads, and its relatively open policies toward trade and investment make it an ideal market for regional and international trade, including of Trade Hub-supported products: livestock and cereals for regional trade; cashew, shea, mango and apparel for global trade. With Trade Hub support, the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Accra opened in early 2015 to promote greater trade in the region and educate exporters on regional and global trade requirements and regulations.
In Ghana, Trade Hub partners with the national government, regional governmental organizations, and private sector organizations like Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), Borderless Alliance, and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). The Trade Hub is formalizing partnerships with financial institutions and building up and training its network of financial advisors in key countries like Ghana to advise firms within the Hub’s targeted value chains.
Road harassment problems in Ghana have seriously worsened since 2013, when Ghana was the best-performing country in the region. The Trade Hub is working with the Borderless Alliance and other partners to address road harassment and reduce numerous checkpoints to expedite trade along key trade corridors like Tema-Ouagadougou.
- February 27, 2017 Eye-catching prints and styles, coupled with an open-concept booth design, drew scores of potential buyers to learn about West African apparel and production capacity at the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas, February 20-23, 2017. Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the East, West, and Southern Africa Trade and Investment ...Read more
- February 20, 2017 USAID officials got a first-row view of two apparel firms that the Trade Hub is assisting to expand operations, generate jobs and grow exports under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). On Feb. 8, Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, toured KAD Manufacturing (KAD) and Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), two of ...Read more
- February 20, 2017 The spectrum of Trade Hub support for West Africa’s mango industry runs from production and processing quality trainings to an upcoming international buyers’ symposium in the region’s mango belt. Ms. Alicia Robinson-Morgan, USAID’s Deputy Trade Africa Coordinator, heard during a Feb. 9 tour how this support is improving raw material quality and sourcing for leading Ghanaian ...Read more
- February 20, 2017 As West African clothing takes the spotlight this week at the Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow, visitors will be able to watch a new video showcasing the region’s advantages. As explained by USAID, the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, and apparel companies themselves, the “West Africa Advantage” offers: duty-free exporting to the U.S. with 30% ...Read more
- February 13, 2017 International customs lawyer Jan Forest, a Trade Hub consultant, trained 11 officers of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division who review export shipments, including under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The February 7 training in the capital Accra covered documents required for entry, invoice requirements, entry summary, recordkeeping, classifications, valuation, origin rules-marking, ...Read more
- February 13, 2017 In Ghana, the Trade Hub hosted a roundtable discussion on February 3 for Ghanaian fruit and juice exporters, commercial farms, and mango producer associations to meet with Mr. Jim Perz, managing director of U.S.-based consulting firm Global Juice Resources on requirements for exporting fresh fruit and juice to the U.S. Mr. Perz told the participants that ...Read more
- February 13, 2017 HPW Dry and Fresh Limited, a Ghana-based subsidiary of HPW Limited, will this year source an additional 1,000 metric tons of fresh mangoes from Ivorian producers, thanks to the Trade Hub’s regional trade facilitation. During a January 31 to February 1 sourcing mission by HPW’s managing director, Mr. Maik Blaser, the Hub’s mango team in Côte ...Read more
- February 6, 2017 A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and Livestock ...Read more
- February 6, 2017 About 60 exporters in Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria received customs and regulations training via a Trade Hub webinar on February 1. The pilot effort used YouTube Live to stream a presentation from visiting customs expert Jan Forest on the practicalities of using the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to export duty-free. Ms. Forest ...Read more
- January 23, 2017 Ghanaian cereal processing and marketing firm AgriAccess Ghana Limited secured a loan of GHC 650,000 (US$150,000) to supply larger quantities of grain to Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, its biggest client. “The demand for our company’s products grows by the day, and our current capacity does not enable it meet this demand,” said Mr. Anthony T. Poore, ...Read more
- January 23, 2017 Bedrock Ventures, a Ghanaian apparel manufacturer and fabric producer, is the latest West African company to turn Trade Hub support into an export under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). In December 2016, the company exported ladies’ dresses, jackets, men’s trousers and fabrics of batik, tie-dye and mudcloth fabrics valued at $7,300 to ...Read more
- January 23, 2017 With approximately a month to the Sourcing at MAGIC show, the Trade Hub and Ethical Apparel Africa (EAA) on January 17 conducted a planning workshop to strategize with participating factories on how the West Africa delegation would put its best foot forward at the Feb 20-23 event in Las Vegas. EAA presented on “Production and apparel: ...Read more
- January 9, 2017 Six apparel makers from Benin, Ghana and Nigeria will exhibit at the world’s largest clothing trade show, February 20 to 23, joining dozens of producers from all over Africa to connect with leading global buyers. Sponsored by the Trade Hub and its partner, Ethical Apparel Africa, the six firms will showcase several categories of apparel— ...Read more
- December 20, 2016 The region’s largest apparel exporter, Dignity-DTRT, has new tools to ramp up its marketing efforts, thanks to direct communications support from the Trade Hub. In November and December, the Trade Hub worked with Dignity-DTRT to develop and produce an 11-minute video documentary, stand-up banners, and photo boards featuring the factory’s production teams and executive leadership. ...Read more
- December 5, 2016 Following on from the decisions taken at COFENABVI regarding capacity building support to COFENABVI national associations, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, the Trade Hub Capacity Building Lead and Gender Specialist, met with the Executive Committee of GHAFLIP in Accra on November 23 to discuss the organizational status of the Federation and finalize plans for capacity building work. Nacoulma agreed ...Read more