Borderless Alliance, in collaboration with African Cashew Alliance and the Global Shea Alliance under the USAID TIME Grant, organized a capacity building and sensitization workshop for shea and cashew stakeholders in Tamale, Ghana, on September 29.
The event brought together more than 40 representatives of the shea and cashew sectors, the Northern Region Shippers’ Transit Committee, Customs, Immigration, Police, Ghana Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Standards Authority, among others. In addition to a presentation on the USAID Food Across Borders Program (ProFAB) and the Borderless Alliance E-Platform for reporting and resolving non-tariff barriers, participants were also taken through the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme (ETLS), Rules of Origin, Customs Export Procedures and their benefits to regional trade in West Africa.
Participants observed that the training was useful as it would enhance their businesses. Like some other participants, Mr. Thomas Kofi Pang, Program Coordinator of Tungteiya Women’s Association into shea activities, indicated that it was his first exposure to border trade procedures. “I was not informed of these basic trade procedures. I will use this knowledge to expand my market by supplying information to customers,” he said.