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GEPA supports MDAs to promote potential exportable products

Bolgatanga, July 30, GNA – The Ghana Export
Promotion Authority (GEPA) has started a programme to support the thirteen
Municipal and District Assemblies in the Upper East Region to identify, develop
and promote exportable products.

As part of the preparation stages, a
conference on the implementation of the National Export Strategy in relation to
the One-District One-Export Product was held on Wednesday in Bolgatanga, the
capital town of the region.

The conference which brought together all the
Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), planning officers and
Coordinating Directors of the Assemblies afforded the stakeholders the
opportunity to identify exportable products that could be processed and
packaged for export.

Addressing the conference, Mr Akilu Sayibu,
the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GEPA, said it is GEPA’s National
Export Strategy and government’s vision to make export the key drive of the
country’s economic growth.

He said the full implementation of the
one-district–one-export product concept would help the GEPA and the country as
a whole to achieve the set target of Non-Traditional Exports (NTEs) worth US$10
billion in 4 years.

“This seems quite ambitious and out of reach,
but we believe it is achievable. We are going to put our shoulders to the wheel
to ensure that we do not fail. GEPA believes that our perennial forex
fluctuations are partly caused by the low volume and value of exports realized
annually. Moreover, the government’s flagship programme of
One-District-One-Factory will complement a stronger export base”, Mr Sayibu
said.

He said in line with the vision of the
President and the Ministry of Trade and Industry, GEPA was currently undergoing
certain structural and fundamental realignment to be able to handle the new responsibilities
assigned to it.

Mr Sayibu said that as part of GEPA’s vision,
regional and district offices would be opened to see to the full implementation
of the one-district–one-export product concept.

“We are looking forward to strengthening our
presence in this region to be able to unearth the full export potential of this
part of the country”, Mr Sayibu said.

Mr Frank Fuseini Adongo, the Upper East Deputy
Regional Minister, said the region was endowed with a lot of potential
exportable products including the Bolga basket, Sheanut butter, smocks, leather
products, wood carvings, drums, baobab oil among others.

He said such products could attract high
prices on the international market and help contribute to the reduction of
poverty and generation of employment.

Among some of the potential export products
identified by the MDCEs include rice, soya bean, Shea nut butter, butternuts,
groundnuts and sesame.

GNA

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