Non-traditional exports of Ghana will not enjoy duty-free and quota-free access to the European Union (E.U.) market if Ghana does not sign the Interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) by October 2016, William Hanna, E.U. Ambassador to Ghana, has stated.


According to His Excellency Hanna, who was addressing a news conference in Accra on Friday, the idea of extending the date for the signing of the EPA was not possible because of the grave consequences any extension would have on exporters.


He cautioned the Third World Network (TWN) Africa and other Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) that are opposed to the signing of the EPA of the dangers that awaited the country if an agreement was not reached, and urged the Government of Ghana to sign, at least, an interim agreement.


In a statement, the Acting Minister for Trade and Industry, and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Hon. Hannah Tetteh, noted that the signing of the EPA was important for Exporters in the cocoa, tuna and fruit industries to the EU market, adding that if the country did not sign the agreement, their businesses would collapse and thousands of their employees would go jobless.


Also present at the meeting were the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and representatives from the Ghana Exporters Association (GEA), Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and Trade and Industry.


Source: ISD (Michelle F. Agbenorto)