Grand Finale of the Dutch Export Academy at the Netherlands Embassy In Accra

23-11-2018

Grand Finale of the Dutch Export Academy at the Netherlands Embassy In Accra

The grand finale of the Dutch export Academy which started from the 6th of November 2018 ended today, 23rd of November 2018 at the Dutch Embassy in Accra with mini exhibitions of the participants' goods/services, pitching sessions, reflections and evaluations, and a certificate award ceremony.

The 27 participants were hosted at the embassy by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ghana, H.E. Ron Strikker who encouraged the participants to really take advantage of the training, the contacts and organizational networks and also very importantly the ready markets in the EU for quality Ghanaian products. He stressed on the need for the young exporting entrepreneurs to be diligent in their work and produce quality products in order to break through amidst certifications, trade regulations, and other trade market requirements. He also mentioned to participants the opportunity within The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Ghana and Europe which outlined the new partnership for Trade and Development to help Ghana's Sustainable Development.

Speaking on the Ghanaian government agenda for Business Development and Aid-to-trade, the Chief Director of the Ministry for Business Development, Mr. Joe Tackie elaborated on the government’s heavy investment in entrepreneurship and export of made-in-Ghana goods and services. He acknowledged the efforts of the young entrepreneurs and assured them that the government was working hard to ease the process of doing business in Ghana and even across the region.

Mr. Tjalling Wiarda, the General Manager of GNBCC, who addressed the participants during the opening ceremony spoke on GNBCC’s role in facilitating trade relations as well as Business Support services for businesses interested in Ghana and the Netherlands.

After days of intense training with MDF West Africa (our training consultant partners), Introduction to the Dutch Business Culture with Mr Henk Bosch, Ghana Design Network on Packaging Design for export, Financial instruments with the Netherlands Embassy, Hortifresh and Exim Bank, Advisory sessions with Netherlands Senior Experts in Ghana (PUM), Regulatory sessions with FDA, GEPA, PPRSD,  and real-life experiences from exporters (Mrs. Juliana Opuni of Joekopan Ltd and Amma Gyampo), participants pitched their ideas to a jury for feedback, won exciting prizes and officially received certificates for their participation.

“I have participated in quite a number of programmes even for free but this export academy has given me great insights and information on exporting to the EU. I know that a lot of the work is with me as an entrepreneur, however, the contacts, the network, and the training have been detailed and very beneficial for me.”- Sylvia Demanya (a.k.a Dr. Noni- Syldem Company Ltd.)

“Through this training, I have increased my knowledge in export (in general) and I have become part of a very relevant network which will allow me to grow my business. The market already looks exciting for me”.- Salomey Kpekpena (SaloWonder Farm Foods)

“The academy has been worth the fee and worth the time. It has exceeded my expectations and I feel prepared with the right information and the right network”. Great organization and I hope the academy continues to run over time.” –Isaac Antwi Boasiako (G. Wealth Plus Ltd)

Acknowledgements and a big thank you to the export academy participants, the Royal Netherlands Embassy, GNBCC, MDF West Africa, The Ghana Innovation Hub, Mr. Henk Bosch, Mrs. Juliana Opuni, HortiFresh, PUM, all the regulatory and certification authorities and our media partners Joy Business News and Business and Financial Times (B&FT) who helped us in making the export academy a success.

 

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