GEXIM Champions Shea Industry –

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Lawrence Agyinsam addressing participants

CHIEF EXECUTIVE Officer of Ghana Export Import
Bank (GEXIM), Lawrence Agyinsam, has indicated that the bank will continue to
support the Shea industry in northern Ghana with financial and advisory
support.

This will help improve the living conditions of
the women in the Shea value chain and generate income.

Mr Agyinsam, who disclosed this when he
addressed the official launch of the World Shea EXPO 2020, in Accra, recently,
noted: “To date through a collaboration with the Samira Empowerment and
Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), we have sunk in about GH¢40 million in the
industry.”

Mr. Agyinsam said the project was key to the
bank because it was in line with President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision
to transform Ghana into an industrialized country and provide meaningful
livelihood for its hardworking citizens.

As a potent raw material, he said the product,
which had integrated into a very sophisticated global production and supply
chain, had tremendous power to propel rural economies and transform the lives
of millions in the sub region, Africa and the world as a whole.

In an address, Hajia Samira Bawumia, the Second
Lady, said the Shea tree had now gone beyond being an integral part of life in
the northern part of the country, to becoming a viable economic venture.
“The collection and processing of Shea-nuts are significant activities for
women in those regions, since they provide them with income for livelihood and
the demand for Shea has been growing and manufacturers are responding by
creating products desired by global consumers” she added.

She said an event such as the Shea Expo, which
brought together players in the value chain, was an opportunity to expand
knowledge on the Shea industry.
Some exhibitors at the launch have expressed the hope that their participation
in the World Shea Expo would enable them build networks for future expansion of
their businesses.

The event is slated for Tamale from April
22-25, 2020.

The theme is: “Repositioning the Shea Industry
to Accelerate Ghana’s Export Diversification Agenda within the context of Ghana
Beyond Aid”.
 

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