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GEPA to host World Trade Promotion Organisation conference and awards

BY: Ama Amankwah Baafi
Dr Afua Asabea Asare (4th left), CEO of GEPA, Mr Samuel Dentu, (3rd left), Deputy CEO of GEPA, and some officials of the NEPC during the visit
Dr Afua Asabea Asare (4th left), CEO of GEPA, Mr Samuel Dentu, (3rd left), Deputy CEO of GEPA, and some officials of the NEPC during the visit

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) won the bid to host the World Trade Promotion Organisation (WTPO), conference and awards, originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed to November this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a media release issued in Accra by GEPA, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Authority, Dr Afua Asabea Asare, said about 250 representatives from all trade promotion organisations worldwide were expected at the conference.

“The WTPO conference and awards is a high-profile forum for Trade and Investment Promotion Organisations (TIPO) across the globe to share insightful experiences and ideas for trade, investment and business sustainability,” she said.

The event is also expected to address the current trade environment and the uncertainties that might arise, along with outlining what it will take for organisations to adapt and thrive in this context.

WTPO

The WTPO conference and awards is organised under the auspices the International Trade Centre (ITC) every two years and is often attended by about 125 different TIPOs, usually represented by CEOs and business decision makers.

Collaboration

Meanwhile, the GEPA CEO, Dr Asare has paid a courtesy visit to the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), in Abuja to discuss ways of collaborative support for the conference and awards.

The CEO of the NEPC, Mr Segun Awolowo, assured of the Council’s support to GEPA to ensure success.

There were also discussions on mutual areas of collaboration for GEPA and NEPC to take advantage of opportunities that exist under the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).