The Government of Ghana is firm to increase the country’s export from the current $2.3 billion to $5 billion by 2017.
Minister of Trade and Industry, Haruna Iddrisu, while addressing in a National Forum on ‘Technical Regulations and Standards’ in Accra stated, the government has introduced a new market for country’s exports.
The new markets for country’s exports are South Africa, Japan, China and Turkey as part of the government’s trade and investment promotion policy.
He added, the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) along with Drugs Authority (FDA) is making sure that the quality of products should be improved, as stated by the European Union (EU) and Germany, who are ready to support Ghana so that they can achieve their quality standards and also improve their infrastructure in trade capacity building.
He said, the Ministry is working on some new ideas and soon a new bill will be submitted to Parliament and cabinet for consideration.
The bill, if passed, will help in to strengthen and improve the standards of the GSA and its relationship with the FDA.
Haruna Iddrisu said, we are already in touch with the European Union’s sponsored Trade Related Assistance and Quality Enabling (TRAQUE) Programme to review the national quality policy, which was developed in 2008 but never gets approval.
He later explained, the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Quality Policy and the Quality Infrastructure Documents has been made compulsory under the West African Quality Programme in all the member states.
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