The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), has announced plans to embark on a district sensitisation programme on the National Export Development Strategy (NEDS) across the country.
Together with other stakeholders, it is expected that at the end of the sensitisation, stakeholders are not only aware of the content of the NEDS but also know and appreciate their roles and contributions towards attaining the target.
In a media release issued after a NEDS-African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) implementation workshop in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of the authority, Dr Afua Asabea Asare, said the work plan at GEPA has particularly been centered around the implementation of the NEDS culminating in the inauguration of 10 sector committees drawn from the public and private sectors to drive the implementation.
“We are indeed charting an integrated approach not only in terms of finding the right mix but also the need for partnerships for a groundbreaking approach to implement the strategy,” she said.
She said Ghana could not continue to do things the same way and expect different results.
“We need to all put our hands on deck to deliver our country from its current state of dependency on imports and this can only be achieved through tackling the situation from the grass roots.”
“Let us make a difference. Export matters: it matters for job creation, poverty reduction, and sustainable development,” she said.
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Hebert Krapa, said the country cannot implement the NEDS without institutional collaboration.
He said the strategy which is a blueprint for transforming export revenues is also an opportunity for all to contribute to history.
“We are here, because we are called upon one more time to national duty. “And I don’t mean institutional collaboration in the sense of it being a cliché.
“No. I mean institutional collaboration in the truest sense of the phrase: which naturally starts with a recognition that parties being invited to the table truly have something to offer, and parties sitting around the table, accepting in similar respectable fashion, that they must give everything they can to make what we do a success. And this, is my charge to each of us,” he said.
The National Export Development Strategy was launched (2020-2029) to provide a clear direction and intent to increase non-traditional export earnings to US$25.3 billion.