Ghana Export Promotion Authority Organizes First Export School in Kumasi
Albert Kassim Diwura, Deputy General Manager, Human Resource Administration, GEPA, launches the week-long Export School in Kumasi. Accompanying him on the dais include Deputy Commissioner for Immigration (ACI), Constant Boateng (seated left), Deputy Regional Commander for Ashanti.
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has extended its export schools program outside of Accra to Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital.
The intensive five-day program is aimed at educating importers to stay current with accepted standards and practices associated with importing.
Around 40 participants, comprising mainly entrepreneurs, would be trained in product certification, packaging and labeling, export market research, export quality management, planning and product adaptation and online marketing.
Other areas of training include branding and marketing, basic accounting, introduction to legal contracts and negotiation, export finance and export procedure.
An autonomous body created in 1969, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority gives impetus to exports from Ghana.
The Authority falls under the Ministry of Trade and Industry and is the central institution working to promote and develop the country’s non-traditional exports.
Its main objective is to identify exportable products, locate suitable markets for them, and provide Ghanaian exporters with all necessary assistance to enter competitive foreign markets.
Speaking at the opening session of the Export School in Kumasi on Monday, October 10, 2022, Albert Kassim Diwura, Deputy Managing Director of Human Resources Administration, GEPA, urged attendees to show interest warmly to the topics selected for the school of the week.
According to him, the authority intended to organize a similar export school for the remaining regional capitals across the country, and that the next two editions would be held in Takoradi and Tamale.
Mr. Diwura urged Ghanaian importers not to compete with each other, but rather to collaborate more effectively in order to become competitive in today’s global export market.
He urged participants to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which aims to boost the continent’s manufacturing sector by facilitating access to new markets for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), increasing economies of scale and facilitating export diversification.
For his part, Deputy Regional Commander of Ashanti, Assistant Commissioner for Immigration (ACI) Constant Boateng urged exporters to always work closely with the immigration service to be aware of formalities related to migration and export.
He reiterated the Authority’s mandate to advise and ensure the effective implementation of all laws and regulations relating to immigration and related matters.
The Service, he said, would continue to regulate and monitor the entry, residence, employment and exit of all foreigners, as well as promote migration that contributes to economic, social and development interests. from the country.