Official Launch of the ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ project in Ghana

The ‘Digitizing Global Trade’ (DGT) project in Ghana was officially launched at an event held on 11 November 2021 in Accra. The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry Hon. Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei delivered a keynote speech on the promotion and facilitation of exports of non-traditional products from Ghana. In her speech, she highlighted that:

The DGT project we are launching today is expected to have significant impact on the implementation of the National Export Development Programme […] that seeks to obtain Non-Traditional Exports earnings of USD25.3 billion by 2029.

She also mentioned that:

The objective of the Digitizing Global Trade (DGT) projects is to support the implementation of the National Export Development Strategy by facilitating the deployment or procedures of selected perishable products, including, fresh chillies, mangoes, pineapple and yam.

Opening remarks from representatives of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority, DHL Ghana and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany were also made.

As next steps, a business process analysis will be conducted to identify the current export processes and propose recommendations for their simplification and digitization. A capacity need assessment will also be carried out in order to identify the needs of the public and private sector for facilitating exports of perishable goods.

Over the next two years, Deutsche Post DHL Group (DPDHL) and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH will jointly implement activities with the public and private sector. The objective is to simplify and digitize the export procedures and documentation to facilitate exports. In addition, the project will also provide general capacity building and specific trainings for SMEs and women businesses to foster compliance and improve the trade opportunities for all.

The DGT initiative is a strategic cooperation between the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DPDHL offering know-how and financial funding to promote prosperity through trade in developing countries. Together with the public and private sector, DPDHL and GIZ will jointly implement the project in Rwanda within the framework of the develoPPP programme.

Next to Ghana, the DGT initiative also implements projects in Cambodia, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Rwanda.

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