UNIDO and Ghana Government promote Cluster Development to strengthen industrial competitiveness in the AfCFTA

On the 8th June, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), European Union and Ministry of Trade and Industries (MoTI) organized the first cluster International Conference in Ghana in Accra.

The conference was hosted by the EU- funded  West African Competitiveness Program (WACOMP - Ghana), with the main objective to present and promote Ghanaian clusters best practices and strengthen connections between Ghanaian SMES as a sustainable way to enhance the country competitiveness and integration in the AfCFTA.

Business clusters are core actors of change in the country’s industrial strategy and strengthening their resilience and their capacity to cooperate and trust each other should be considered as a priority. This first International Ghanaian Cluster conference will contribute to ensuring knowledge sharing in the region and will allow Ghanaian clusters to learn from each other and capitalizing on networking and collaboration.

EUD indicated that “Supporting SMEs and promoting cluster approach and cooperation is indeed a strategic approach to ensure Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development, that no one is left behind and that women can fully take advantage of the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement”.

Over 120 SMEs attended the conference which also showcased products from Ghanaian entrepreneurs supported by the WACOMP – Ghana project.   

For further information contact Ebe Muschialli (e.muschialli [at] unido.org)