The Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA), has launched what it calls the One-District, One-Export-Product at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
At a day’s conference on implementation of the National Export Strategy in relation to the One-District, One Export Product, all the 24 MMDCEs and their coordinating Directors in the Eastern Region were present to share their in-depth knowledge on best practical ways to ensure Ghana becomes a force to reckon with in the export industry.
The conference, according to the Director of Research at Ghana Exports Promotion Authority, Maxwell Osei Kusi, is aimed at equipping them to identify crops with potential for development in the region, and to be able to role in out on government’s planting for foods and jobs program, to help boost the country’s exports.
“The decision to meet the chief executives and their planning directors is to get first hand information about the kind of crops each district can produce on a large scale is to help boost our economy. The MMDCEs also know where potential investors are in the districts and beyond, and we know with their help we can get as many investors as possible. We also want to create job for the people, increase export earnings and improve the lives of the people.”
The CEO of Exim Bank, Mr. Lawrence Agyinsam, who was a guest speaker at the conference in an interview with Citi News, indicated Exim Bank’s readiness to provide financial support to the districts to help them realize government’s policies on Agriculture and other sectors.
Mr Agyinsam indicated that, Exim Bank will make available an amount of GHC 100.000.00 to all the 26 districts in the Eastern Region, to help them plan, research and strategize in identifying the potential cash crops each district wants to engage in.
“Exim Bank’s vision is in line with government’s plans so we are ready to help government achieve these aims and objectives in the Agricultural sector and other fields as well.”
The CEO of Ghana Exports Promotion Authority (GEPA), Madame Gifty Kekeli Klenam, is optimistic that producing high quality standard products for exports will help make GEPA the leader in exporting Countries in Africa.
“Despite taking over GEPA in a poor state which used to be a one-man management, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that the right measures and policies are implemented to ensure we realize our goals and one of them is to make sure we consume and export only high quality farm produce of approved standards.”
“In view of this, we have partnered the Ghana Standard bBoard, the Food and Drugs Authority, and other relevant stakeholders, and they are here to give presentation as to how best we can produce the quality and standard products we require, and I am quite certain that when we do what is expected of us, we will be able to produce and export high approved goods with international standards, and this will make us the leaders in the export industry.”
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(Via: CitiFM Online Ghana)