A 23-member trade delegation from Ghana is currently on a week-long tour through the Netherlands to explore opportunities for business and cooperation in food processing technologies and packaging. The mission is led by the Private Enterprise Federation (PEF), the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and GhanaVeg.
The goal of the trade mission is to promote cooperation, investment and knowledge exchange between Ghanaian and Dutch businesses. The delegation is visiting a wide range of companies in the Netherlands active in poultry, aquaculture, fruit and vegetables processing. The program is complemented with matchmaking, a visit to the Interpak fair in Düsseldorf, business networking events and a packaging workshop. The trade mission follows after a mission last year to the Netherlands on food and beverage processing and agricultural inputs.
The mission complements the efforts of the Netherlands on private sector development in Ghana’s agricultural sector, a sector accounting for over 20% of Ghana’s GDP. Stimulating food processing could help reduce post-harvest losses and contribute to increased trade in products less dependent on cold chains and phytosanitary inspection.
The Netherlands is among Ghana’s biggest trade partners and the second largest exporter of agri-food worldwide, exporting 65 billion euros worth of vegetables, fruit, flowers, meat and dairy products each year. The Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Ghana, H.E. Ron Strikker: “This trade mission resonates well with the government’s renewed focus on promoting agriculture, value addition and industrialization. The mission is yet another example of how the Netherlands and Ghana are growing together.”