|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.
- December 5, 2017 A Ghanaian grain producer has leveraged Trade Hub financial consulting to join a regional sorghum production boom, strengthening its partnership with Ghana’s largest brewery and impacting the lives of thousands of farmers. Thanks to business advisory services from the Trade Hub’s financial advisors network, Precision Farms obtained two significant bank loans in mid 2015. With the ...Read more
Ghana’s newly inaugurated Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) partners with government to develop apparel exportsNovember 20, 2017“If an apparel firm right here in Ghana has been able to employ 3,000 workers in three years, can you imagine how many people would be employed if all 14 each employ 3,000 people?” said Mr. Alex Deprez, USAID West Africa’s Mission Director at the launch of the Association of Ghana Apparel ...Read more
- November 13, 2017 Three information sessions taught by Trade Hub experts in Abidjan and Accra shared procedural and strategic trade insights with over 100 stakeholders from various value chains, governmental departments, and trade support institutions Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire and in Accra, Ghana. The events on November 2 and 7 delved into standard operating procedures for the U.S. African ...Read more
- November 6, 2017 In the port city of Takoradi, a Trade Hub workshop connected apparel and textile producers, agribusiness processors, fresh agriculture producers, and cocoa processing operators in Ghana’s Western Region with information to help them understand and benefit from the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s Senior AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, explained ...Read more
- October 30, 2017 A Ghanaian fashion technologist spent much of October building staff skills and capacity in cutting and sampling at Côte d’Ivoire’s leading apparel factory. Ms. Mabel Dede Doe, contracted by the Trade Hub, was so popular that O’sey Textiles shared the cost for her to stay an additional week. “The sampling and cutting are a crucial phase ...Read more
- October 23, 2017 Thirteen Ivorian mango producers learned best practices in mango processing from three Ghana-based companies, during an October 9-12 field mission organized by the Trade Hub and the Association pour la Promotion des Exportations en Côte d’Ivoire (APEX-CI). Mr. Euloge Camara, Coordinator of the AGOA Trade Resource Center in Côte d’Ivoire, and Mr. Daouda Diomande, the Trade ...Read more
- October 16, 2017 On October 10, The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Development Lead, Bill Noble, and Senior AGOA Specialist, Dr. Mohamed Abou iiana, explained market access and the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to more than 80 people in Kumasi. The workshop was co-hosted by the Trade Hub and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry. ...Read more
- October 16, 2017 The Trade Hub visited three organic pineapple exporting companies in Ghana and Togo to evaluate and aid their readiness to export to the U.S. The Trade Hub will support Ghana-based HPW Fresh and Dry Ltd. and Togo-Based firms PRONATURA and Label d’Or in November trial shipments, which U.S. based Chestnut Hill Farms will then distribute ...Read more
- October 9, 2017 The Trade Hub has donated office furniture and equipment worth 23,400 cedis (approximately $5,300) to the Association of Ghana Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM) as part of a grant agreement signed this July. AGAM will use the items to run its newly established secretariat, located in the Adjabeng Free Zone enclave in Accra, which was set up ...Read more
- October 2, 2017 The April 2017 Ivorian Mango Symposium created a business platform for mango stakeholders to develop new market opportunities. Following-up on discussions held during the symposium, the Trade Hub has been focusing on increasing regional and global exports in the mango sector by linking West African producers with international buyers and sellers of fresh and processed ...Read more
- September 19, 2017 Following a series of interventions and technical assistance to Ghanaian apparel manufacturer Alfie Designs (Alfie), officials from USAID and the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub paid a visit September 7 to the factory. There, they learned of changes the company is implementing to meet increased demand and begin exporting to the U.S. under the ...Read more
- September 11, 2017 Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills training ...Read more
- September 4, 2017 For more than 40 years, Ms. Grace Attah, like many Ghanaian cereal traders, has transacted business orally and totally based on trust. But after attending the last in a series of cascade trainings in Ghana on best contracting practices for cereals, she says she is ready to apply new skills in her business. Ms. Attah and ...Read more
- August 28, 2017 Four mango farmers’ associations in Ghana’s Brong Ahafo, Eastern and Volta regions trained in safety measures, including basic first aid and how to handle emergencies—a requirement for GlobalG.A.P. certification. The Trade Hub contracted the Ghana Red Cross Society, a GlobalG.A.P-accredited institution, to conduct 4 separate, two-day first aid trainings for 62 farmers from August 8-18. GlobalG.A.P. standards ...Read more
At MAGIC, new and returning West African companies meet clients ready to explore the Africa AdvantageAugust 21, 2017Since his first visit to the Sourcing at MAGIC show many years ago, Greg Kankoh, CEO of Bulluk/Nallem had not returned. But in August 2017, he was pleasantly surprised by the results of his participation with the Trade Hub’s West African delegation to the largest apparel show in the U.S.—including a face-to-face meeting with a ...Read more