The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), today, briefed the press on its 2013 National Awards for Export Achievement slated for October 17, 2014 in Accra.
The award ceremony, which is in its 24th year, will be held at the Banquet Hall under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, Mr. Ibrahim Mutala Mohammed, in a key note address said the importance of the Awards event could not be over emphasized as it served as an impetus to propel Ghana’s non-traditional export earnings from its current level of US$2.436 billion to the targeted US$5 by 2017.
He said the ministry was committed to providing policy direction to support the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) to perform its mandate and work to achieve targets committed to it.
He added that the only way the nation could developed was through vigorous export and not import despite the fact that the country had to import commodities it did not produce.
Mr Mohammed revealed that, government would support poultry and vegetable farmers to save the nation aboutUS$1.8 billion which otherwise would have been expended on the importation of the product.
The Minister gave the assurance that government; right from the presidency would offer every needed support for the programme to continue to achieve its objective of growing exports in the nation.
He urged citizens of Ghana to promote and patronize made in Ghana products and services for a better Ghana.
In a presentation, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Gideon Quarcoo, said the objectives of the awards were to formally recognize the contribution of the non-traditional export sector; increase and sustain national awareness for exports, increase consciousness of export among Ghanaians as well as encourage exporters to export more to bring in foreign exchange.
The award categories, according to him, were Exporter of the year; women exporter of the year, platinum, gold, silver innovative and honorary awards.
Some of the sponsors for the awards night were the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Bank of Ghana, Federation of Association of Ghanaian Exporters, and United Bank for Africa (UBA).
The Deputy Managing Director of UBA Ghana, Usman Isiaka, on behalf of UBA presented GH¢9,000 in support of the 24th awards ceremony.
Source: ISD (Edem Agblevor & Faith Junko Ogawa)