Ghana Export Promotion Authority has taken over the implementation of the ITC’s GreenToCompete programme which seeks to provide tailored trainings and support for small and medium-sized businesses on key sustainability modules including resource efficiency, voluntary sustainability standards, e-commerce and access to green finance.
The authority says it has readily-trained staff and coaches as well as local experts who have benefitted from project knowledge to facilitate the continuity of the programme.
“GEPA is keen to continue with the Hub’s activities starting with the piloting of the voluntary sustainability standards module next month.
The Ghanaian economy is largely dominated by the activities of small and medium enterprises that contribute significantly and are working hard to compete not only in Ghana but globally; as an authority, we are mandated and committed to support and strengthen small and medium enterprises to scale up and export more of Ghana,” Deputy CEO of GEPA, Samuel Dentu, said at a transition workshop in Accra.
Since 2019, the International Trade Centre’s (ITC) GreenToCompete Hub hosted in Ghana by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has been offering technical assistance to Ghanaian SMEs to build their capacity and knowledge to implement green business practices through its services focusing on key aspects of sustainability such as resource efficiency, voluntary and sustainability standards (VSS), e-commerce and access to finance.
With the implementation of the modules completed by ITC, GEPA has taken over the Hub activities to deliver various green modules to the benefit of Ghanaian SMEs starting with a pilot of the voluntary and sustainability standards module for selected SMEs.
The transition workshop was therefore to officially close the GreenToCompete Hub activities from under the direct implementation of the ITC into the care of GEPA.
It was also to create awareness about voluntary and sustainability standards and invite SMEs to have an exclusive opportunity to be part of the piloting.
“The Hub’s goal of supporting SMEs to be competitive by building their capacities and knowledge to implement smart green practices is fully aligned to ours and for the past three years, we’ve jointly implemented various activities with the ITC.
All these supports cumulatively take the SMEs a step further to becoming globally competitive,” Mr. Dentu added.
The project has so far benefitted over 50 exporting and export-ready SMEs in cocoa, shea processing, fruits and vegetables and arts and craft sectors who received various trainings and personalized coaching to enable them to chart an easy path to a more sustainable trade as well as to connect with green finance and international markets.
ITC’s Desk Manager for GreenToCompete Hub Ghana, Regina Taimasova, expressed appreciation to GEPA and other project stakeholders for the successes that have been achieved so far, adding that continuity will enable more businesses to benefit from the programme.
“The works of this project has made huge impact on beneficiaries, which are the small and medium enterprises in different parts of Ghana and it’s now being taken over by GEPA to offer support to more companies.
In three years, we’ve worked with more than 200 Ghanaian SMEs in the key non-traditional exports sectors such as fruit and vegetables, cocoa products, arts and craft and the feedbacks have been very positive,” she added.