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Exports to double by end of 2019 – Deputy Minister

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry says the government has put in place strategies to double exports by the end of 2019.

According to Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah, “The intention of my Ministry and by extension, the government, is to double exports by the end of 2019.”

Mr Ahenkorah has been outlining the government’s strategy to increase exports as a measure of stabilizing the Ghana cedi in the longer term.

He was speaking on PM EXPRESS BUSINESS EDITON on JoyNews channel on Multi TV on Thursday.

He said, “We at the Ministry of Trade have mentioned that the major solution to this problem is to increase or improve exports and what we are doing in this department is to get the Ghana Export Promotion Authority to lead the discussion on the national expo strategy, which they have done. Now it is left with the implementation where we are going to roll out very soon for people to see what we plan to do.”

He added, “By so saying, what we are doing as a strategy is to identify the top 20 exports of the country, see what the challenges are and see what we can do to improve the lots of these companies and push them as far as we can for them to improve on their production that they are doing… so the more exports that we are able to do the more we put our cedi in better shape.”

Mr Ahenkorah added, “What has happened in the past with this fall of the cedi I would say is not very normal and that we haven’t seen anything like that in the economy as far I am concerned.”

Also speaking on the same programme, Prof. Eric Osei Assibey said huge income transfers put pressure on the economy.

He said authorities must be active in applying sanctions to corporations and individuals who flout the rules on the pricing of goods and services in dollars.

Prof. Assibey said, “I think it’s about sanctioning, we having an effective sanctioning regime is to be able to sanction corporations and individuals that flout these rules; because these are very simple rules that, do not price your rules and services in dollars so if you flout its action should be taking.”

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