The National Development Planning Commission has placed top on the need to improve systems that ensure the optimum quality of exports from Ghana.
The quality of goods produced from Ghana have been questioned in relation to their ability to meet world standards.
Exports of certain vegetables from the country to the European Union were banned earlier in 2015, due to poor standards and low pest resistance.
The National Development Planning Commission has therefore placed top of the need to improve systems that ensure the optimum quality of exports from Ghana.
Head of NDPC, Dr. Nii moi Thompson said " it is critical. One of the deficiencies of past planning we are trying to rectify is to have an aspect that focuses on Ghana's position on the international economy. Previously we only concentrated on promoting private sector development, agriculture and so on, without concentrating on the standards that must be met internationally."
Dr. Nii Moi Thompson revealed that the commission will dedicate considerable resources in drawing a plan, as part of the 40- year development plan on how best to increase the value of goods produced from Ghana.
MOFA bans vegetable exports to EU
The Ghana Association of Vegetable Exporters (GAVEX) has expressed displeasure on the ban of the exportation of vegetables by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to the European Union Market.
According to the President of GAVEX, Juliana Opuni the decision is likely to lead to massive lay-offs of some workers in the industry. She further noted that the new directive will make a lot of their produce go waste, making them lose revenue as a result.
Sector Minister, Fiifi Kwetey announced that the Agric Ministry had placed a temporary ban on the exportation of vegetables to the European Union. He explained that the ban follows an advice by the Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) of the European Commission.
Ghanaian SMEs trained to enter international market
The Centre for Logistics and Supply Chain Excellence, (CLSCE), has called for the use of the ISO standards to enable SME operators sell their products on the international market.
CLSCE said the initiative would ensure that SMEs meet the required standards, make a positive contribution to the world, facilitate trade, spread knowledge, disseminate innovative advances in technology, and share good management and conformity assessment practices.
Mr Emmanuel Turkson, Managing Director of CLSCE said in a news briefing in collaboration with ACP of the European Union that the ISO standards would provide solutions and achieve benefits for almost all sectors of activity.
The sectors include agriculture, construction, mechanical, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, transport, medical devices among others to develop standards for a clear market.
Mr Turkson said as a result of this, the CLSCE and the ACP of the European Union has embarked on a 10 months project to train some companies in the country to enable them sell their products on the international market.
He said it would enable Government to achieve the target of 5 million export initiatives in the country.
The project entitled “Strengthening the Competitiveness of Ghana –Based Exporters through effective Export Quality Management System (EQMS) is to overcome barriers to trade in the regional and international markets.
He said this is also aimed at focusing on promoting the adoption of international standards among exporting companies in the selected sectors of the economy to know the importance of adopting EQMS to improve their export performances.
“This standardisation and certification process will allow companies to meet customers' expectations at best."