The deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei has been instrumental in positioning Ghana on the world map by holding bilateral meetings with international blocs and organisations.
Asiamah-Adjei, who doubles as the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament for Akuapem North, recently held bilateral talk with Leopoldo Rubinacci, the deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade in Brussels, Belgium.
The European Commission plays an active role in developing the EU’s overall strategy and in designing and implementing EU policies.
The talks aimed at deepening trade relations between Ghana and the European Union. Also in attendance was Mickson Opoku, the head of multilateral, regional and bilateral trade at the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The EU continues to be one of the most important trade partners for Ghana. In 2022, the EU was Ghana’s largest source of imports, accounting for 17.4% of Ghana’s imports, ahead of China at 16.8% and the USA at 11.5 %.
It was also the fourth-largest export destination, accounting for 11.3% of Ghana’s export (behind China (23.3%), Switzerland (18.7%) and South Africa (15.7%)). Overall, the EU is accounting for around 13.9% of Ghana’s total external trade in 2022, being the second most important partner after China (20.5%).
Early November, Asiamah-Adjei also held talks with Tatiana Valovaya, the Director General of the United Nations in Geneva. It was on the back of the recently held two- day meeting of senior trade officials at the WTO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
She also used the opportunity to hold a “fruitful trade-related discussion” with Ambassador Emmanuel Antwi, Ghana’s ambassador to Geneva.
The Geneva meeting served as an important milestone in the preparations for the WTO’s 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13), to be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 26 to 29 February 2024.
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