|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.
- 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
- August 16, 2017 With speeches and fanfare, Ghana’s President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the country’s U.S. Ambassador, Robert P. Jackson launched the Ghana Apparel Manufacturing Expansion (GAME) project on August 14, 2017. This new apparel project is expected to create 1,187 new jobs at Dignity Do The Right Thing in Accra and will double the company’s workforce. ...Read more
- August 14, 2017 An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a ...Read more
- August 8, 2017 Current and would-be exporters in Ghana learned of an additional tool to ship duty-free to the U.S. at a July 27 validation workshop on the national strategy for the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). During a national AGOA strategy validation meeting in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, the United States Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Robert ...Read more
- August 8, 2017 A three-day symposium on Ghana’s mango industry drew 250 producers, processors and exporters as well as government officials and representatives of financial institutions to celebrate and deliberate the future of the sector. “Mango: Ghana’s green gold. Growing for food and creating jobs,” began on July 27 with a parade from the capital to the eastern ...Read more
- July 31, 2017 A New York-based online marketplace for Africa-inspired fashion, Zuvaa, has outsourced production for two of its designs to Ghana-based apparel producer KAD Manufacturing, as reported by KAD’s Managing Director, Mrs. Linda Ampah, during a factory visit on July 20 by representatives from the Trade Hub and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA). Organized upon the request ...Read more
- July 31, 2017 When Colette Nakpergou gave the closing summary at the Cereals Exchange on behalf of the Togolese delegation, her compatriots let out a loud cheer in agreement: “The most important thing is that we cereals actors have to commit more in regional trade so that we can defeat road harassment not on paper but in real life ...Read more