Ghanaian SMEs Export Hausa Koko, Coconut To Germany

Young businesspeople have begun exporting goods created in Ghana to Germany, including coconut and millet porridge mix (Hausa koko).

This was made public by the Ghana-Germany SME Training and Exchange Program, which provides training, advice, and financial support to 60 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the furniture, fashion, and agribusiness industries.

About 10 of them have already begun exporting goods to Germany. One of them, for instance, was asked to send three tons of raw coconut to Germany. The standard Hausa koko has also been requested to be sent to Germany, according to Mr. John Duti, Team Leader at Invest for Jobs, a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Invest for Jobs initiative to create 100,000 jobs through training and financial support to German, European and African companies.

Mr Duti told the Ghana News Agency that SMEs in the wood sector were also exporting to Germany, noting that: “Usually, we say, we have problems with quality, but the products by these SMEs meet any international standards.”

He emphasized that SMEs had the ability to meet standards of the European and other markets, adding that: “Even our SMEs who are not exporting are supported to meet the standards of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).”

On progress made, the Team Leader said that in the last two years, about 300 decent jobs had been created by the 60 SMEs with additional 400 indirect jobs created under the Invest for Jobs initiative.

Ms Regina Bauerochse Barbosa, the Country Director of GIZ Ghana, said: “We can rely on the creativity, innovations, and ideas made in Ghana, thereby supporting sustainable growth and employment creation. Let’s promote Ghanaian products in Ghana and beyond.”

She said the programme had built the capacities of the Ghanaian SMEs with growth and export potential to improve their readiness to compete in national and international markets.

Daniel Krull, the German Ambassador to Ghana, urged the SMEs to use the knowledge and skills gained to support the country’s economic growth.

“Your entrepreneurial spirit is the driving force of Ghana’s economic development, inclusive growth, and creating jobs for a growing number of hopeful Ghanaians,” he said.

He said the SMEs had shown the “outstanding, creativity, innovation, and the rich Ghanaian culture, and said: “I am convinced that you will make ‘Made in Ghana’ a great success and a prestigious brand across the world.”

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