Ghana, UNIDO partner to boost industrial dev’t

The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), LI Yong and Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, have signed the Country Programme (CP) for Ghana aimed at boosting industrial development, trade and export competitiveness...


The Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), LI Yong and Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, have signed the Country Programme (CP) for Ghana aimed at boosting industrial development, trade and export competitiveness.

The CP, which is scheduled to be implemented from 2019 – 2022, will constitute the reference framework for UNIDO technical cooperation activities with Ghana.

The CP is aligned with the national development agenda including the President’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda, Ghana Vision 2020 and focuses on high-growth potential sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Furthermore, the CP is to help build synergies and help Ghana leverage additional investment by facilitating the mobilisation of partners and resources to achieve a larger development impact.

In a related development, Mr Yong, Mr Kyerematen and the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Ms Diana Acconcia, also signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the export competitiveness of the Ghanaian economy through enhanced value-added, low-carbon, sustainable production and processing.

The agreement will build on recent EU support towards competitiveness-related issues and will capitalise on the lessons learnt as well as complement ongoing interventions in Ghana.

The agreement is to be implemented under the West Africa Competitiveness Programme (WACP) that aims at improving the performance and growth of selected value chains, including cassava, fruits (mango and pineapple) and cosmetics as well as personal care products.

These sectors, according to the Trade Ministry, are in line with the priorities of the government and have a high potential for industrialisation and job creation.

The four-year programme will run from 2019 to 2022 and will help develop value chains, improve the competitiveness of MSMEs, strengthen the supporting intermediate organisations, create better linkages among the selected value chain actors, and increase access to regional and international markets.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3FM



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