Celebrating 10 years of cooperation to improve quality and facilitate trade in Ghana

Celebrating 10 years of cooperation to improve quality and facilitate trade in Ghana

ACCRA, 18 October 2018 – The Trade Capacity Building Programme for Ghana today celebrated 10 years of activities aimed at developing a comprehensive quality infrastructure system in the country in view of improving sustainable value chains for exports from Ghana.

Held in Accra, the celebration highlighted the many achievements of the Programme, which is implemented in partnership between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the Swiss Government’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and Government of Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), with the aim of ensuring that goods and services emanating from or traded in Ghana are designed, manufactured and supplied in a sustainable manner complying with the national and international standards. The Programme focuses on four main value chains: cocoa, fish, fruits and wood.

“The core objective of the Ministry of Trade and Industry is the industrial transformation of our economy, and the UNIDO TCB Programme contributed to this goal for the past ten years,” said Ghana’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Robert Ahomka Lindsay, on behalf of the minister. “This celebration also provides us with tools to look at the next ten years and to foresee how we can make them a success.”

Markus Dutly, Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, noted that: “Quality is an area of great commitment for SECO: the government of Switzerland’s support through the UNIDO TCB Programme for the past 10 years has made Ghanaian SMEs and the private sector become more competitive in international markets. This celebration highlights the commitment of the government of Ghana and our implementing partner UNIDO. We believe that the more competitive broad-based private sector, the more prosperous of an economy Ghana will become.”

Over the past 10 years, the programme contributed to the strengthening of a number of national institutions to increase capacity in various inspectorates and testing departments to institutionalize consumer protection and quality. It also helped develop an export market hub for Ghana hosted by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) and supported several enterprises of the private sector in the implementation of quality management standards so they could be certified to relevant schemes.

“For us at UNIDO, enabling enterprises to manufacture products with high-export potential in the quantities and at the level of quality required by the markets is evidence of our commitment to improving market conformity to relevant international standards, buyer requirements, and technical requirements,” said Fakhruddin Azizi, UNIDO Representative to Ghana and Liberia.

During his address, Juan Pablo Dávila, Project Manager of the TCB-Programme at UNIDO revealed that the Organization has, together with SECO, developed an approach to sustainably address the quality and standards compliance challenges in SECO priority countries. He further added that Ghana, among them, “will witness the launch of the Global Quality Standards Programme (GQSP), together with the support of MoTI, to continue its support for Ghana.”

A special presentation was also organized on the innovative application of blockchain technology for traceability to foster transparency along the value chain, from the farm to the consumers. With Ghana being the second largest producer of cocoa in the world, the presentation served as a forward-looking tool to identify stakeholders for a pilot application of blockchain in the sector.

The event took place in the presence of the project partners and also brought together donors, UN agencies, quality and certification agencies, manufacturers and small and medium-sized enterprises that have benefited from the programme.

Take a look at the event's photo album here.

Find out more about the UNIDO TCB Programme for Ghana here

For more information, please contact:

Juan Pablo Davila

Project Manager / Industrial Development Officer

UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation (TII)

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Photo 1: Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Markus Dutly

Photo 2: UNIDO Project Manager, Juan Pablo Davila

Photo 3: UNIDO Representative to Ghana and Liberia, Fakhruddin Azizi

Photo 4: Head of Cooperation SECO, Matthias Feldmann (left); Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, Markus Dutly (middle); Representative of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (right)