Every Exportable Product Counts – GEPA Deputy CEO

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The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Mr. Akilu Sayibu has yet again, given the strongest indication that his outfit is ready to assist all Ghanaians especially those venturing into the export sector to succeed.

He said their policy – One District, One Exportable Product is on course, and that they would not relent on their efforts to making the economy stronger through exports.

“We are encouraging all exporters in all the 216 districts to identify at least a product that can be packaged for exports”, Mr. Akilu stated.

Speaking in an interview with Eezy FM, Mr. Sayibu said the promotion of the non-traditional product and services would not only put Ghana on the economic map, thereby increasing revenue for the country, but also help individuals with business acumen because of the training. “We have nine (9) out the ten (10) regions of Ghana to liaise with various stakeholders at the regional and districts to map out plans to mobilize the local businesses for export”, he said.

Mr. Sayibu mentioned that every region or district had a unique product to promote to the highest level, so setting out strategic plans to fulfil the overall agenda was key to GEPA. He said so far, they were encouraged by the responses from the various farmers and individuals across the country, which has urged them on, to serve the people of Ghana better through export promotion. The Deputy CEO said by this, GEPA was ready to visit all nook and cranny of the country to identify the products and services to promote, adding that job creation was topical on their agenda.

The total earnings of the Non- Traditional Export are made up of the earnings from the three main sub-sectors – agriculture, processed and semi-processed and handicrafts; this, Mr. Sayibu said was their benchmark. He noted that quality and value addition of the non-traditional products would not be compromised, because they had to meet international standards at all times, as the products were exported to over 130 countries comprising the European Union, other developed countries, ECOWAS, other African countries and Asia.

On storage of farm produce especially, he said One District, One Warehouse project would help exporters and potential solve the problem. Mr. Sayibu explained that the warehouses would help both existing and potential exporters under the One District, One Exportable Product initiative which GEPA was embarking on, in all 216 Districts. According to the Deputy GEPA Boss, the issue of storage of farm produce came up strongly in the various regional seminars of GEPA.

“It is in this direction that the One District One Warehouse initiative under the planting for food and jobs of the Ministry of Agriculture as a project will be of great support to exporters in the area of warehousing”, he said. He stated that his outfit was poised to achieving the US$4 billion dollar- revenue target in four years, and called on the media to prioritize promotion of GEPA activities across the country.

Source : Moses Rexford Kumah/GN Media