The EC has identified negotiations capacity gaps and is supporting the governments through the Ministry of Trade and Industry to develop skills in that area. This was disclosed to the members of the steering committee of the Edulink/ CAGRIC project by Christian Peters, Head of Economics and Trade, EC Delegation, Accra Ghana.
The Project team paid a courtesy call on the EC delegation at their Office House, Cantonments, Accra. The visit was also to formally present the project to the Delegation and to seek further collaboration in the implementation at the local level. Welcoming the team, Mr Peters said The Delegation will also be willing to support this project and facilitate meetings with the delegations in the other countries to be visited during the field missions.
The team was also encouraged to collaborate with other established institutions outside the region who have already developed the negotiation capacity. It was established that experts will be indentified in these institutions to peer review reports and outcomes and to facilitate and participate in the upcoming workshops.
The EC officials elaborated on some of their related engagements within the country. In Ghana there are enabling the licensing of tropical logs to Europe. They also support the Ghana Export Promotion Agency (GEPA) and National Bureau of Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) and Food and Drug Authority (FDA). They work with the private sector through the Chambers of Commerce to overcome challenges and to meet up with EU import requirements and regulations.