|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.
- April 24, 2017 Trade Hub’s Chief of Party Mrs. Carol Adoum (middle in group photo) and Senior Communications Specialist Mrs. Maria Gwira accompanied Mr. Cory O’Hara, Regional Trade and Investment Team Leader at USAID West Africa (second from right), on a visit to the premises of Moringa Connect in a suburb of Accra, April 13. Moringa Connect has been ...Read more
- April 18, 2017 Behind the scenes for the “making of” the Hub’s apparel video The Trade Hub’s apparel video is fostering the apparel export manufacturing sector in West Africa, specifically in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. This video short provides a behind the scenes look at the making of this video. Cereals exchange in Mali brings together buyers and sellers ...Read more
- April 18, 2017 The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes ...Read more
- April 4, 2017 The Trade Hub participated in the African Cashew Alliance (ACA)’s Cashew Stakeholders Forum held in Ghanaian capital Accra on March 29 to develop a joint vision for the growth of the sector in Africa. Organized by the ACA in collaboration with USAID/West Africa and GiZ/Competitive Cashew Initiative (ComCashew), the event presented a detailed status update of ...Read more
- April 4, 2017 Seasoned and potential Ghanaian agribusiness exporters from various value chains—including cashew, shea, cereals, aquaculture and tubers—learned types and sources of financing available at the latest event in the Trade Hub’s information series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). About 40 exporters attended the March 24 event in Accra, Ghana. The Hub’s Finance and ...Read more
- March 20, 2017 West African shea processors—including Zikora and Fludor from Benin, Ruby Unique Natural Premium Products from Nigeria and Charles K. Boateng from Ghana—currently export to other African countries and Europe. On March 15, the last day of the 2017 annual conference of the Global Shea Alliance in Cotonou, Benin, around 50 shea butter producers and exporters learned ...Read more
- March 7, 2017 For Linda Ampah of KAD Manufacturing, one year has made all the difference in reaching U.S. buyers. She has ramped up international orders in addition to following up with contacts made at last year’s Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow. Ms. Ampah first attended the world’s largest apparel show in February 2016 in Las Vegas, under the Africa ...Read more
- 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. » View photos from the show here Housed in the Africa Pavilion—a joint effort by USAID and the East, West, ...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