ACCRA Ghana (Xinhua)
-- Top officials of Ghana and Kenya
have gathered here to find ways of deepening trade relations
between their two countries as well as intra-African trade.
This follows immediately after the signing of a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between the two countries during the visit
of Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama to Kenya last
Opening the conference, which is being run alongside a
trade exhibition by companies from the two sister countries,
Ghana’s deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture in-charge of
Livestock, Hanna Louisa Bisiw, said a lot needed to be done
to sustain the benefits of agriculture for Africa.
"As most African countries largely depend on their
agriculture sectors to lead the transformation of their
economies, provide food security for their populace, raw
material for industry and create jobs, we cannot but strive
to improve productivity and markets to be able to sell our
produce competitively," she stated.
The deputy minister said the achievement of those objectives
would only be possible through bilateral cooperation as the two
countries had enough technology and research that could be
shared for their mutual benefit.
The deputy minister also listed items that could be exported
from Ghana to Kenya in a bilateral trade.
She told the Kenyan delegation that Ghana had more
agricultural products beside cocoa that could be exported to
their country, while Kenya also exported coffee and tea as
well as livestock products to the West African country.
"With cocoa, there are other products apart from the
"There are different types of beverages, cosmetics and
"We also have both fresh and many processed products from
plantain, yam and cassava that we can trade with Kenya.
Similarly, we can buy tea, coffee and livestock products
from Kenya," Bisiw stressed.
Total non-traditional export from Ghana to Kenya in 2014
totaled 236 metric tons valued at 1.3 million U.S. dollars, with
agricultural products constituting only 14. 5 percent.
Leader of the Kenyan Delegation, Anastacia Kiio, said
technology exchange was the key driver to agriculture
"The two sister countries have a lot to borrow from each
other, especially in some key value chains where either
country has comparative advantage over the other," she
Kiio cited the example of cassava production and processing
for export, palm oil industry and marine fish processing that
Kenya could learn from Ghana, which, on the other hand, could
learn from Kenya’s cooperative marketing approach using
small-scale tea value chain model which is widely appreciated.
An exhibitor, Nasra Ali (Ph D), Managing Director (MD) of
Kaldi Africa, who spoke to Xinhua, saw her company’s
participation in the exhibition as a privilege.
"What we are basically looking at as a company is to
foster more of the intra-African trade. As a company, what
we do is, we have Kenyan coffee, but the value addition is
done in Nigeria. I think that is a very important aspect,"
She added: "The importance of value addition, where that
is done, I know a country like Ghana will not want to be a
"The idea is really to add value, whereby we enjoy each
others’ products but at the same time we create employment for
our brothers and sisters."
INTER AFRICA TRADE:
Algeria and Tanzania
discuss developing mutually advantageous partnership
ALGIERS Algeria (Xinhua) --
Visiting Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho
Kikwete on Sunday held talks with his Algerian counterpart
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, discussing about the development of
mutually advantageous partnership.