UNIDO Supports Ghana to Develop Standards for Fruits, Fish, Cocoa and Wood Industries to Facilitate Imports and Exports
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) have supported the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to develop a set of standards for fish, wood, fruits and cocoa industries, including processed goods.
The standards, presented to stakeholders for validation at events held in Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, were developed under UNIDO’s “Trade Capacity Building Programme for Ghana” project, funded by the Government of Switzerland.
The trade project aims at strengthening capacities of businesses and to ensure that goods and services emanating from or traded in Ghana are designed, manufactured and supplied in a sustainable manner that conforms to market requirements.
The new standards will serve the interests of importers, exporters, regulators, local businesses and consumers and provide them with an overview of international trade standards for wood, fruits, fish and cocoa goods imported into and exported from Ghana.
The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Professor Alex Dodoo revealed that the new standards would encourage high patronage of Ghana's wood, fruits, fish and cocoa products in the local and international markets. He noted that many exporters who sidestepped the standards end up losing.
UNIDO's Chief Technical Officer and Project Coordinator, Mr. Victor Mills said "UNIDO's interest is to help build the capacity of Ghanaians in the wood, fish, fruits and cocoa industries to facilitate the export trade of manufactured wood products to the international market."
All the standards were developed by GSA, the Authority responsible for developing, publishing and promoting standards in Ghana.