The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has inaugurated the “Ghana Trade House” in Nairobi’s Sameer Business Park, Kenya, as part of its efforts to facilitate the export of Ghanaian goods and services.
The one-stop-shop outlet aims to provide Ghanaian exporters with a platform to showcase their products and services in the East African market, fostering economic growth and development.
The establishment of the Ghana Trade House aligns with Ghana’s National Export Development Strategy (NEDS), which targets generating USD 25.3 billion in non-traditional export revenues by 2029.
Speaking at the opening ceremony during the Ghana Expo in Kenya, GEPA CEO Dr. Afua Asabea Asare highlighted the growing economic cooperation between Ghana and countries in the East Africa region.
The Ghana Trade House will stock premium Ghanaian products, diversify available options, stimulate trade activities, create business opportunities, and generate employment opportunities. It will also serve as a hub for networking between Ghanaian and Kenyan business representatives, providing market intelligence and storage facilities. Dr. Asabea Asare also emphasized that the center would facilitate cultural exchange between Ghana and Eastern Africa while serving as a platform for Kenyan businesses to engage with Ghanaian exporters and explore potential partnerships.
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Hon. Nana Ama Dokuah Asiamah Adjei, Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, expressed Ghana’s commitment to intra-African trade and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The opening of the Ghana Trade House further enhances Ghana’s bilateral trade with Kenya. Oliver Konje, Kenya’s Ag. Director for International Trade at the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industry, encouraged businesses in both countries to explore opportunities and promote export products with comparative advantages.
The Ghana Expo, organized by the Ghana National Coordinating Office (NCO) of AfCFTA in collaboration with GEPA, aims to position Ghana as a major trading partner across Africa.
The five-day Business Expo, which commenced on May 22, 2023, and concludes on May 26, 2023, features the participation of 70 local enterprises, showcasing the diversity and quality of Ghanaian products in the African market.