Divisions of the Ministry
The following are the divisions of the Ministry:
1. Domestic Trade & Distribution
The core objective of the Domestic Trade & Distribution Division is to facilitate the development and growth of Ghana’s internal trade. This involves four projects under the TSSP: improved trade and distribution systems and infrastructure; promotion of made-in-Ghana goods; consumer protection and; facilitation of the use of government to enhance the growth of SMEs. In this direction, three model markets for district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies are being planned. Certain markets around the country will be established and some new ones will be constructed.
2. SME & Technology
The core activity of the SMEs & Technology Division is to enhance the production capacities of firms in the country, with particular focus on SMEs. Within the framework of the TSSP, the division is mandated with the development of an industrial policy and sector strategies; SME support; a district industrialization programme; technology improvement programme; technological innovation centre for capital goods manufacture; technology centres and business incubators; industrial sub-contracting and partnership exchange; education and industry linkage.
The Standards Division is responsible for the delivery of four projects, namely; upgrading standards institution; ensuring compliance with international standards regulations; enforcement of standards on the domestic market and; facilitating productivity improvements in the industry.
4. Trade Facilitation
The Trade Facilitation Division has five projects under the TSSP, namely; custom clearance; airport cargo handling; provision of storage and cold chain facilities; adequate and efficient facilities at the ports; provision of cost-effective and secure transit trade facilities; and the creation of a free port.
To facilitate trade by simplifying customs procedures and making Ghana the preferred destination for doing business in the West African sub-region, the Ministry is pursuing among other things, the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS), Ghana Community Network (GCNet), and the Destination Inspection Scheme.
5. Research, Information & Statistics
The Research and Information and Statistics Division ensures the availability of accurate and reliable trade data to support the implementation of the overall trade agenda of government. The Ministry is also building a database to monitor price trends of specific items in the domestic markets so that mechanisms can be put in place to mitigate economically disruptive price triggers.
6. Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation
The Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Division is the nerve centre of the Ministry. It takes the lead in facilitating the development and review of policies and programmes. It is responsible for the coordination of the annual work prgrammes. It also monitors the targets of policies programmes and projects in line the sector’s goals and objectives and ensures the development and periodic review of comprehensive and sustainable policies, plans, programmes and budgets for all the sector’s activities.
7. Export Trade Support Services
The Export Trade Support Services Division provides a full range of effective support services to the export sector to enable it achieve growth and expansion in export markets, as well as develop new value added products for Ghana’s export portfolio. In conjunction with the Private Enterprises Foundation, it will facilitate improved access to development and trade finance for exports, primarily through a restructured and effective Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF).
8. Multilateral, Bilateral & Regional Trade
The MOTI Multilateral Trade Division is responsible for fulfilling Ghana's multilateral trade obligations through the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and handling bilateral and regional trade issues. This involves improving structures for international trade negotiations and formulating and implementing trade negotiation strategies.
The Legal Affairs Division of the Ministry handles all legal issues relating to the Ministry. This includes, but not limited to, drawing up new agreements, contracts; reviewing proposed agreements, contracts; or reviewing existing ones.
The Legal Affairs Division gives the Hon. Minister and the Deputy Minister legal advice or opinion on issues arising out of the performance of the Ministry's work.
10. Finance, Human Resource Management & Administration
This Division ensures that services and facilities necessary to support the administrative and other functions of the ministry are available. It also ensures that staff with requisite background for various types of work in the Ministry is recruited, trained, retrained, motivated and developed on a continuing basis to ensure staff retention and for the efficient discharge of their duties.
11. Communications & Public Affairs
To help identify the people we would like to reach and craft messages that appeal to them is the responsibility of the Communication and Public Affairs Division. The division also manages our relationships with the public and influencing their opinion. It also involves creating exposure and developing goodwill for the company.