International Economics Consulting Ltd., together with consortium lead, GOPA Consultants, has started working on the EU-Funded “Compete Ghana” project together with Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI) to support the implementation of the Stepping Stone Economic Partnership Agreement (iEPA) with the EU. The official project launch took place in February in Accra, with the signing of the Agreement by the Minister of Trade and Industry of Ghana and EU representative, Ambassador Diana Acconcia.

“Compete Ghana” aims to improve economic governance and the local business environment in Ghana, and to maximise the benefits of the EPA for Ghana. International Economics Consulting Ltd. and GOPA Consultants will provide the technical assistance required to support what will be a major transformation of the local business environment in Ghana.

Technical Assistance to Ghana will include identifying priority programmes, best practices, new markets, priority sectors and subsectors for the expansion of production and supply base of non-traditional exports. A gap analysis of the current fiscal situation will also be conducted to determine the fiscal requirements and measures needed to meet the commitments to undertake the necessary fiscal reforms. The assignment also includes a component on the establishment of a public-private dialogue (PPD) support mechanism for awareness, sensitisation and institutional capacity building of private and public-sector stakeholders.

See the related news article European Union signs 4 projects for a total of 4 million euros to support Ghana’s competitiveness and the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement, for more information.