A Message from Dr. Afua Asabea Asare
CEO, Ghana Export Promotion Authority
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).
What can you expect from the program
A team of specialists will review your company’s management practices and identify areas for improvement.
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:
- Market identification and segmentation
- Product design and adaption
- Marketing and communications
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.
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.
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.
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
Technical Assistance Phase**
* Diagnosis Phase – On site visit by consultant
** Technical Assistance Phase – Venues for group training to be announced later
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.
- 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
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).