The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) is the National Export Trade Support Institution of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) responsible for the facilitation, development and promotion of Ghanaian exports. GEPA was established by Act 396 in 1969 as an agency of the Ministry of Trade and Industry with the mandate to develop and promote Ghanaian exports. Our focus has primarily been to diversify Ghana’s export base from the traditional Gold and other unprocessed minerals, Cocoa Beans, Timber Logs and Lumber. Currently there are over 383 different Non-Traditional Export products categorised as Agricultural, Processed/Semi Processed and Handicrafts. Export Trade in Services is a new and recent addition to the non-traditional export portfolio.
The Ghana Enterprises Agency to promote and develop MSMEs in Ghana. The NBSSI was replaced by the Ghana Enterprises Agency in November 2020. Its aim is to interrelate, administer and stimulate the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs)
The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) which is the national Standards body was established by the Standards Decree, 1967 (NLCD 199) which has been superseded by the Standards Decree, 1973 (NRCD 173). The Authority is also the custodian of the Weights and Measures Decree (NRCD 326, 1975). These legislations together mandate the Authority to undertake:
National Standards development and dissemination;
Product certification scheme
Calibration, Verification and Inspection of Weights, Measures and Weighing and Measuring Instruments
Pattern approval of new weighing and measuring instruments
Destination Inspection of imported High Risk goods
Promoting Quality Management Systems in Industry
Advice the Ministry of Trade, Industry, on standards and related issues
The Ghana Free Zones Authority was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 504 in 1995, to establish free zones in Ghana for the promotion of economic development and to provide for the regulation of activities in free zones and for related purposes. The Free Zones programme is designed to promote processing and manufacturing of goods through the establishment of Export Processing Zones (EPZs). It also encourages the development of commercial activities at seaports and airports areas.
GIHOC was the first modern distillery to be established in West Africa. It was established by the pre-independence Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in 1958 as the State Distilleries Corporation for the manufacture of alcoholic beverages. By NLCD 207. It however became a division of the then Ghana Industrial Holding Corporation (GIHOC) in 1968. In 1980, the Distillery, together with 15 other divisions of GIHOC, was re-registered and incorporated as a Limited Liability Company and a wholly owned subsidiary of GIHOC, under the Companies Code, 1963 (ACT 179). Following the closure of GIHOC, and subsequently the repeal of the statute incorporating it in 1993, GIHOC Distilleries became and has since remained a Limited Liability Company, wholly owned by the Government of Ghana.
This is a limited liability company wholly owned by the Government of Ghana. It used to be the Heavy Equipment Division of the erstwhile Ghana National Trading Corporation (GNTC) until June 1995 when it was incorporated into a limited liability company. The company is engaged in the sale and servicing of earth moving equipment from Japan and Zetor Tractors from Czech Republic. GHEL has lost its Komatsu dealership, and is currently in the process of looking for new business opportunities.
The Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) is part of the efforts of the Government of Ghana to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in the rural areas. REP is an upscale of the Rural Enterprises Project – Phases I & II (REP-II & I) which were implemented in 66 districts across the country from 1995 to 2011. The Programme seeks to upscale and mainstream, within public and private institutional systems, the district-based micro- and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) support system piloted by REP-II & I to at least 161 municipalities and districts in all the ten regions of the country from 2012 to 2020.
The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company under the Statutory Corporations (Conversion to Companies) Act 1993, Act 461 in April 1997. The Company took over the assets and liabilities of the Ghana Trade Fair Authority (GTFA) which was established as a State Owned Enterprise under PNDC Law 215. The Authority had the mandate to commercially manage the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre as a commercial enterprise. Before then the Trade Fair Centre was managed by the Trade Fair Secretariat which was a unit within the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The Government of Ghana owns 100% shares of the Company.
The Ghana International Trade Commission was established by an Act of Parliament in September 2016 to regulate Ghana’s international trade architecture in conformity with the rules and regulations of the World Trade System and to provide for related matters.
According to the GITC Act, the objectives of the Commission include ensuring fair competition for persons engaged in domestic production and international trade; overseeing Ghana’s compliance with international trade rules and regulations; protecting the domestic industry or market from the impact of unfair trade practices and ensuring transparency, fairness, efficiency and objectivity in the application of measures affecting international trade and the use of world trade measures.
GNPA LTD was until 1995 known as the Ghana National Procurement Agency. It is a limited liability Company with 100% equity stake by Government of Ghana. It was incorporated under the Companies Code in 1995 with the primary aim of importing “essential commodities in large quantities for sale to Ghanaian consumers at affordable prices, as well as procuring goods for Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and holding the national buffer stock.
GRATIS Foundation was established in March 1987, initially as Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Service (GRATIS), a Project to promote micro, small and medium-scale enterprises. The Foundation was incorporated in 1999 as a company limited by guarantee.
Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM) As a result of a regional initiative, the UNDP sponsored the Government of Ghana to execute an integrated regional development programme (CERIDEP) for the Central Region of Ghana with tourism as the lead sector in April 1990. The Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM) was thus established as a technical wing of the Regional Coordinating Council (R.C.C.) to implement the RCC development policy and programme with emphasis on private sector towards the sustainable economic development of the Central Region.