GHANA – Ghanaian Agribusinesses have received a boost with the launch of the Ghana-EU Agribusiness Platform in Accra that will directly link them to counterparts in the European Union (EU) market for wider business and partnership opportunities.

The Ghana-EU Agribusiness Platform is funded by the EU and managed by the European Chamber of Commerce in Ghana (EuroCham Ghana) in partnership with the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana (CAG).

The AU-EU Agri-Food Platform forms part of the EU’s broader vision of catalyzing sustainable and inclusive investments in African agriculture.

The platform aims to link the African and European private sectors in the agri-food sector to foster sustainable and inclusive investments in African agriculture.

The AU-EU Agri-Food Platform was included as a recommendation put forward by the Taskforce rural Africa in their report on 7 March 2019.

The Taskforce is a group of independent African and European experts that was set up in May 2018 by the European Commission to provide advice on strengthening the Africa-Europe partnership in food and farming.

Furthermore, at the third AU-EU agricultural ministerial conference on 21 June 2019, AU and EU representatives endorsed a Political Declaration, accompanied by an action agenda and in line with the Taskforce rural Africa’s recommendations. The agri-food platform is included in the action agenda.

The platform incorporates several features, such as a calendar of agribusiness-related events, a digital library of relevant publications, and an agribusiness directory, which benefits registered members by creating visibility and market linkages for their agribusinesses.

Chief Executive of the Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana, Anthony Morrison assured that there will be a 50 percent discount for the first 100 companies to sign up on the platform.

“Today, we have a platform that has been set up to promote agribusiness, technology, investments, and trade, among others. We expect that this platform will transform and enhance the credibility of Ghanaian and African businesses,” he added.

This platform will help identify sector-specific barriers and challenges to private investment and trade. It will also promote agri-food twinning, such as the exchange of best practices or mentoring schemes between companies, as well as promote vocational training programs.

In addition, it will give a structure and an effective voice to the African agribusiness sector comparable to those in Europe.

Mr. Andrea Ghai, Treasurer, EuroCham Ghana, said businesses that would subscribe to the platform would benefit from different information about market opportunities.

He noted that Ghana stands a chance to learn from what the European is doing and get what’s best from them, while the European countries too may need materials for secondary products and to feed their industries.

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