The Good Exporting Practices Program is a fully funded skills and capacity development program specifically designed for Ghanaian SMEs in the Non-Traditional Export (NTE) sector.

The program is designed for companies that want to develop their business and take full advantage of the export opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

A Message from Dr. Afua Asabea Asare

CEO, Ghana Export Promotion Authority

What can you expect from the program
Management Practice
  • A team of specialists will review your company’s management practices and identify areas for improvement.
Fully Funded Skills Training and Capacity Development
  • Specialists will provide short-listed companies with 8 hours of tailored technical assistance and 35 hours of workshop training. Workshops will cover 7 focus areas:

    1. Strategy
    2. Market identification and segmentation
    3. Product design and adaption
    4. Production
    5. Marketing and communications
    6. Distribution
    7. Administration
Networking Opportunities
  • Technical assistance includes group-based training and workshop series, where management and experts from companies across the non-traditional export sector will participate and have the chance to exchange best practices and forge strategic partnerships.
Access to International Markets
  • Products of your firm will be included in the database of Non-Traditional exports which is curated by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority – which is the primary agency responsible for marketing and seeking investments into export promotion.
Export Growth
  • Improved export practices through technical assistance and other interventions will enable your firm improve productivity and increase exports due to higher demand from international markets due to improved quality of goods.
Feedback on Export Policies
  • Participating companies will interface directly with the Ghana Export Promotion Agency (GEPA) throughout the program. The outcomes of the program activities will be used by GEPA and other relevant stakeholders for future policy interventions.
When and where

* Diagnosis Phase – On site visit by consultant
** Technical Assistance Phase – Venues for group training to be announced later

May 2021
  • Application Deadline
May-June 2021
  • Diagnosis Phase*
July-Dec 2022
  • Technical Assistance Phase**
Eligibility Criteria
Applying companies have to be legally registered Ghanaian SMEs with between 3 and 250 employees, active in the Non-Traditional Export sector for at least five years.
Non-Traditional Export
  1. a. Non-traditional exports are all exports not included in the following list:
    i. Mineral ore such as unprocessed gold
    ii. Cocoa Beans
    iii. Timber Logs and Lumber
    iv. Electricity
    v. Fresh fish
    vi. Fresh yam

Full terms and conditions and further details of the program can be found here.

The Good Exporting Practices(GEP) is an innovative initiative of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), HES-SO Geneva School of Business Administration, and the Interdisciplinary Institute of Political Economy (IIEP) of the University of Buenos Aires, with funding support from the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme), a joint funding initiative by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).