|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.
- June 27, 2017 Greg Kankoh, CEO of Nallem Clothing, is very familiar with Trade Hub workshops, having benefitted from many of these trainings over the years as a Trade Hub partner firm and president of the Association of Ghanaian Apparel Manufacturers (AGAM). On June 22, he attended a presentation on “Classification and export documentation in textile and wearing ...Read more
- June 19, 2017 Following a 2016 organizational capacity assessment of its trade and transport partner, the Trade Hub organized a three-day training on project management and proposal development for Borderless Alliance, May 30-June 2. Ms. Carol Yee, a Trade Hub consultant, took Borderless officials through project start-up, mobilization plan, sub-contract management, field office operations, and contingency planning. Other topics ...Read more
- June 19, 2017 Moringa Connect, a Ghanaian-American start-up, processes the Moringa plant into food products and cosmetic items for export and local consumption. On June 13, the firm hosted two Trade Hub consultants, who conducted a detailed assessment of its containers and packaging and offered cost-saving recommendations for improved packaging to meet international standards and preserve the quality ...Read more
- June 19, 2017 Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor agencies ...Read more
- June 12, 2017 Mr. Kofi Essuman is chairman of the management board of GS1 Ghana, a company that provides packaging and labelling solutions to Ghanaian small and medium enterprises. “Our solutions are tailored to packaging needs of the local and West African regional markets,” Mr. Essuman said. But after a June 7 packaging workshop hosted by USAID’s West Africa Trade ...Read more
- June 5, 2017 As part its efforts to support lead firms, producers, and other actors to increase exports of fresh and processed mango to the international market, the Trade Hub trained 120 producers in Ghana’s Brong-Ahafo and Volta regions on how to become GlobalG.A.P. certified. Certification of farms and packhouses is an international food safety standards requirement for ...Read more
- June 5, 2017 A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en ...Read more
- May 29, 2017 The Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI)—a Trade Hub partner—and the Ghana Commercial Bank hosted more than 400 guests at a May 22 forum on how to participate in the new government’s proposed “one-district-one-factory” economic stimulus policy. Mr. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade and Industry explained that beyond previous commitments to provide infrastructure, the Ghana ...Read more
- May 22, 2017 Following recent elections, representatives of Ghana’s new government have pledged support for Dignity/Do the Right Thing (DTRT), a Trade Hub-supported apparel firm, to help it achieve its expansion objectives. The two Deputy Ministers of Trade and Industry, Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah and Mr. Robert Ahomkah-Lindsey, announced their support during their first visit to the DTRT factory ...Read more
- May 15, 2017 HPW Dry and Fresh Limited (HPW), a Ghana-based mango processing company, is sourcing 2,100 metric tons (MT) of fresh mango from ECYA SERVICES Sarl, an Ivorian mango farm, and other Ivorian producers/exporters this year. Weather changes in Ghana have led to declines in mango production, causing Ghanaian companies to source mangoes from Côte d’Ivoire — a ...Read more
- May 15, 2017 To kick-start a series of cascade trainings, thirty-one participants from the Ghanaian cereals value chain— including nine women — attended a training workshop from May 3-5 to learn about the benefits of using written contracts as a best practice in cereals trade. Held in Tamale, Ghana, the Trade Hub co-organized the event with the Cereal ...Read more
- May 8, 2017 An April 28 workshop continued a series of Trade Hub-led outreach and information events to help Ghanaian businesses understand the basics of the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Co-hosted with the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) in Accra, the one-day workshop focused on export financing, specifically contracts and payments. Mr. William Addo, ...Read more
- May 3, 2017 A dozen participants from Ghana-based fruit processing companies and exporters—including HPW Dry and Fresh Ltd., Bomarts Farms, and Pinora—learned practical steps to make the best impressions and get the most out of international trade shows at an April 24 Trade Hub workshop in the capital Accra. “A visit to a trade fair in your own industry ...Read more
- May 3, 2017 The Trade Hub on April 26 presented 50 machines for five production lines, each of which focuses on different parts of shirts, to West Africa’s largest apparel manufacturer, Dignity DTRT apparel at its factory in Accra, enabling it to ramp up orders from a large U.S. sportswear retailer. In November, Dignity DTRT requested the Hub’s assistance ...Read more
- May 3, 2017 Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr. Raymond ...Read more