EU govt will protect Ghana's exports

Ghana's Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio-Garbrah, has assured Ghanaian exporters that the EU will protect Ghana’s exports within the framework of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

He said the Trade Ministry is currently seeking cabinet’s input and support on options available to Ghana in the wake of the October 1, 2016 deadline under the current EU regulation granting market access to Ghana.

Dr Spio-Grabrah said this when a delegation of major exporting companies in Ghana paid a courtesy call on him in Accra, to express their concerns over a possible curtailment of market access into the EU by the October 1 deadline.

He said: “In the coming weeks, hopefully in May, government will announce its position on the EPA.''

Mr George Kporye, Corporate Affairs and Administration Manager of Golden Exotics Limited, said stakeholders, customers and staffs of the various companies are getting nervous at the prospect of losing their investments and jobs hence the appeal to the Minister to intervene.

Some of the companies present at the meeting were Bomark Farms Ltd., Barry Callebaut, Golden Exotics, Volta River Estates Ltd., Pineapple Exporters Association, Ghafco Company Ltd and the Federation of Ghanaian Exporters.

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Source: GNA/

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