As a part of authorities’s initiative to allow native firms to harness the advantages of the African Continental Free Commerce Space (AfCFTA) settlement, the Nationwide AfCFTA Coordination Workplace (NCO) in collaboration with the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) will undertake a Market Entry Expedition for Ghanaian companies to Kenya from Might 23-27, 2023.
Minister of Commerce and Trade, KT Hammond will lead the delegation to Kenya, accompanied by Deputy Minister of Commerce, Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei and different high-level officers of the NCO, Ministry of Commerce and Trade (MoTI), GEPA and affiliate businesses.
On the occasion, NCO and GEPA will exhibit Ghanaian merchandise and open the Ghana Export Commerce Home as a part of the expo, to climax with the African Union Day statement.
Kenya has been chosen for the pilot because of its place as the largest market in East Africa which serves as a gateway to the East African market, and to additionally deepen the prevailing bilateral bond between Ghana and Kenya.
NCO Coordinator, Dr. Fareed Kwesi Arthur, defined that the commerce mission and expo will contain a mixture of actions together with matchmaking periods, exhibitions, seminars and enterprise networking occasions.
“The theme for the 2023 AU Day is accelerating the implementation of AfCFTA and holding the expedition side-by-side would create vital synergy and increase consciousness of Ghanaian merchandise in Kenya and an identical occasion in Egypt within the month of August,” the NCO Coordinator mentioned.
The Market Entry Expedition, in response to Dr. Arthur, is designed to facilitate the entry of Ghanaian companies from totally different sectors into East Africa with deal with promoting a mixture of native SMEs drawn from agro-processing, manufacturing, cosmetics and textiles sector into the East African market.
As a part of its goals, the occasion can be anticipated to extend Ghana’s commerce with Africa below the AfCFTA, whereas introducing native companies and merchandise from totally different sectors to chose goal markets; determine worth chain alternatives for native companies; improve the presence of Made in Ghana manufacturers throughout the sub-region and to determine market linkages between Ghanaian merchants and East African firms and enterprise associations.
As the primary goal of AfCFTA is to spice up intra-African commerce, the pact seeks to open up a market house for the 46 nations out of the 55 which have ratified the settlement.
However with Ghana’s commerce with Africa constituting simply 14 per cent in comparison with its commerce with the worldwide market, it’s anticipated that the Market Entry Expedition will increase the nation’s commerce fortunes with the remainder of Africa.
Buying and selling below the pact was formally launched on January 1, 2021, with commercially significant commerce commencing on October 7, 2022 below AfCFTA’s Guided Commerce Initiative. Ghana performed a major function in placing this initiative collectively, because it was led by the Continental AfCFTA Secretariat, the NCO, amongst different important establishments.
The NCO is optimistic that merchandise from 100 Ghanaian firms from totally different sectors of the financial system, can be launched to chose goal markets in Kenya and the Egypt expedition in August this 12 months.
The Coordination Workplace can be anticipating an enchancment in commerce volumes between Ghana and different African markets in addition to an elevated presence and participation of Ghanaian merchandise and companies in regional worth and provide chain networks.
The Expedition is being funded by the World Financial institution’s Ghana Financial Transformation Venture (GETP), the Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbei (GIZ), United Nations Growth Venture (UNDP) and extra sponsorship from Eximbank.
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