The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has in a day workshop schooled officers of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDCEs) in the Northern on the need to identify exportable products within their localities for export.
The workshop that took place at Modern City Hotel in Tamale on Thursday July 27, 2017 enlightened the MMDCEs on potential exportable products including smocks, yam, Shea nuts, Soya beans and cotton among others.
Addressing the fully packed hall of administrators, politicians and technocrats, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Mr. Akilu Sayibu on behalf of the CEO said the One District One Exportable Product initiative is in line with the implementation of the National Export Strategy (NES) which falls into government’s one district, one factory programme.
He stated under the export strategy, the 216 districts in the country will be tasked to identify at least one significant commercial viable export product for development and exports after they have been trained by GEPA. This, he said will assist accelerate the growth of the non-traditional export sector.
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority was confident a successful implementation of the project will create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the various districts. Mr. Akilu noted individuals and organizations who will be engaged in the exports will to task to ensure exportable products meets international standards, well packaged and are of high quality.
On his part, the Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Salifu Saeed welcomed the initiative and recounted his experience in exports and how it is profitable. He thus appealed to all MMDCEs not to relent in identifying exportable products from their areas since it will assist increase their internal generated funds.
Hon. Salifu thus tasked Coordinating Directors to work closely with the Department of Agriculture and the Planning units at the Assemblies to identify the crops that are viable for investment, development and export for foreign exchange.
Story by Abubakari Sadiq Righteous / northstarfmonline.com