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Standards strengthen international trade, investment and business for Ghana

Partnership between UK Government and Ghana Standards Authority strengthens standards quality and systems to empower Ghana to be a major business hub.


“"Using and adopting international standards will help transform our country and continent and improve trade locally, regionally and also globally."” 

Professor Alex Dodoo President of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO) and Director-General of the GSA
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The People

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

FCDO is a UK Government department promoting the interests of British citizens abroad, as well as reducing poverty and tackling global challenges

Working with FCDO and Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to pilot the FCDO-funded Standards Partnership Programme, to unlock sustainable economic development, and implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), led by Ghana.

The Challenge

With FCDO, we wanted to equip GSA with stronger foundations to accelerate progress and create prosperity through global trade using quality infrastructure and systems.

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) wanted to build trust and confidence in the country’s commercial capabilities. Its desire was for Ghana’s industries to build resilience, accelerate progress and create prosperity for their country by boosting trade within Africa and internationally.

The goal was to strengthen quality infrastructure organizations and systems, through international standards and recommended practice. As a result, Ghana hoped to become a major business hub in Africa and beyond. But it needed outside help to achieve this.

The Solution

International standards and recommended practices help Ghana become a major business hub in Africa and boost trade, investment and business with Rwanda and the UK

Enabling future trade opportunities between the UK and Africa by successfully collaborating with the UK Government’s FCDO and Ghana’s standards authority as their partner for economic progress.

From November 2022 to March 2023 GSA ran the Standards Partnership Pilot, working with us to strengthen national quality infrastructure organizations and systems to comply with international recommended practices.

The project was part of the Standards Partnership programme, a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) initiative to unlock sustainable economic development. By increasing developing countries’ capacity to use and comply with standards and regulatory measures, they access new markets and benefit from global supply chains.

Enhancing national economic prosperity through international standards

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  • Building trust and confidence by complying with international standards and regulatory measures.

  • Unlocking sustainable economic development by accessing new international markets.

  • Accelerating progress and creating national prosperity through global standards.

  • Enabling businesses to build diversified global supply chains with quality products and services.

Building an economic African powerhouse

  • 1.7%

    Ghanaian GDP growth is projected to slow to 1.7% in 2023, then recover to 3% in 2024

  • 51%

    The nation's Green Growth Index is currently at 51%, or halfway to its green growth targets

  • Ghana's total exports were worth $20 billion in 2022, continuing a decade of steady growth


““This programme will help put Ghanaian businesses on the global stage.”” 

Harriet Thompson British High Commissioner to Ghana
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