Closing Ceremony Dutch Export Academy

20-04-2018

Closing Ceremony Dutch Export Academy

On Friday 20th of April, the Dutch Export Academy closed with its certification ceremony. At the Netherlands Embassy in Accra, the group of 30 entrepreneurs who had been trained in exporting, received their certificates from the Dutch Ambassador Mr. Ron Strikker and Mr. Kobena Ebo Quaison Team Leader Export Trade Development and Investment at the Ministry of Trade and Industry Ghana.

In the Dutch Export Academy, a group of 30 Ghanaian entrepreneurs were trained in how to start or to improve their exports. The entrepreneurs comprised of a wide variety of sectors, such as organic farming, fruit juice and shito production, cocoa processing, fashion design and apparels, home décor, and more.

During the ceremony, the Ambassador Mr. Ron Strikker encouraged the exporters to start with production of stable qualities and quantities, as that is key to exporting successfully. Certainly to markets like the EU, with high standards and criteria to meet, consistency is key. Mr. Quaison of MOTI further mentioned some of the initiatives the current government is undertaking to encourage export, with a lot of emphasis on value addition in Ghana, rather than exporting raw materials.

The Dutch Export Academy is an initiative of the Netherlands Embassy in Ghana, executed by MDF West Africa and GNBCC. 30 Ghanaian entrepreneurs participated in the 5-day training program, which focused on the many different aspects of successful export from Ghana to the Netherlands and the EU. Participants learned more about Export Planning, Export Processes and Documentation, Product and Packaging Design, Access to Finance, Investor Readiness and more. These topics were presented by a range of external speakers from relevant authorities such as GEPA, FDA and PPRSD, experienced exporters and experts on topics such as financing and packaging. The overall training was provided by MDF West Africa, who focused on export and business planning, as well as customer, marketing and branding.

This was the first edition of the program, taking place in April 2018. A second edition of the Dutch Export Academy will likely be organised in the second half of 2018. Interested in learning more? Please contact Afke van der Woude at afke@gnbcc.net

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