Building Ghana's competitiveness to export to the European Union

The Compete Ghana Programme

Ghana ratified in August 2016 an interim Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) with the EU and following its approval by the European Parliament, this stepping stone EPA between Ghana and the EU has been in force since 15 December 2016. The partnership agreement seeks to reinforce and secure a more competitive trading relationship between the two parties.

Compete Ghana

Project Components

The EU is providing the Ministry of Trade and Industry with a technical assistance project to help with the implementation of the iEPA.

Capacity to implement the EPA

Investment Planning Working with thousands of business companies around

Improved firms’ Competitiveness

Investment Planning Working with thousands of business companies around

Improved Industrial Competitiveness

Investment Planning Working with thousands of business companies around


To integrate Ghana's export into the EU market and other regional markets to strengthen economic development, foster inclusive growth and increase job creation.

Who We Are

Compete Ghana

The overall objective of the Compete Ghana programme is, in the context of the Ghana beyond aid vision, to improve economic governance and business environment and to maximise the benefits of the EPA for Ghana. The specific objective is to strengthen Ghana’s administration capacities in the implementation of the EPA as well as to strengthen the competitiveness in Ghana and enhance her integration into the regional and international trading system, in coherence with Ghana's EPA Accompanying Measures Strategy.

Strengthening Export Competitiveness

Supporting Micro Enterprises & Clusters

Sustainable Production & Precessing

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Harnessing Ghana's international trade and export opportunities for economic growth and development

Some highlights

Duty- free quota-free exports from Ghana to EU increased opportunities for Ghana's non - traditional exports to the EU

to ensure that SMEs are competitive in EU market with adequate access to financing end enhance shared prosperity in Ghana.



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Our Answers

Frequently Asked Questions

The EPA enable Ghanaian companies to reach a competitive edge in the global market, which will in turn have the effects of increased employment, quality of products and reduced costs of importation on outside goods.

An Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is a trade and development agreement signed between the European Union (EU) and various regional economic groupings within Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific (ACP countries). In 2014 the ECOWAS countries and the EU signed an EPA. However, it is not yet operational owing to one country withholding its official endorsement.  

With the trade chapters of the Cotonou agreement expiring, and the new agreement stalled, Ghana was at risk of losing its favourable trade regime with the EU. The solution was in signing an interim agreement with the  EU in 2016. This agreement is similar in its offer to the ECOWAS EPA. Once the ECOWAS EPA becomes operational, the Ghana iEPA will cease to be in effect.

The main benefit of the iEPA to Ghana is the competitive edge it will provide within the EU, because of better trading terms then many of our international competitors. All goods exported from Ghana will have zero import tariffs and unlimited quantities.

Cutting import duties by Ghana for EU products will bring benefits to companies and consumers, as imported products will be priced lower. If lower priced imports from the EU are used as inputs for domestic manufacturing it will stimulate the industrialisation, and may in a later stage contribute to enhanced exports.

Individuals, companies, and business organisations interested in exporting to EU countries should consult the Acess2Markets database from the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission. The database provides information on rules, standards, and procedures goods should comply with, in addition to the documentation that will be needed when exporting.

See: https://trade.ec.europa.eu/access-to-markets/en/content/

Additionally, interested parties can reach us via our contacts.

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