Ghanaian diplomat and politician Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah is a year older today!

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He is the first African to be appointed to the post in more than 100 years of the CTO’s existence.

He brings to the position more than 25 years of previous successful experience in the fields of communications, advertising, diplomacy, government, sales, consulting and politics… 

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Dr. Ekow Spio Gabrah, The Minister of Trade and Industry has urged Ghanaians to patronize products made in Ghana to help create more jobs in the Ghana.

Many Ghanaians are getting laid off from their jobs, Ekow Spio believes if Ghanaians Patronize  Ghana products this will make a huge difference in the job market. Ghana ‘will develop, expand and grow’

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“when people are buying things made in Ghana, they are enabling factories and manufacturers in Ghana to employ people” adding that “If people imports things from outside, then they are creating the jobs outside.” “So the message to Ghanaians is that we shall continue to promote all made in Ghana products so that the manufacturers of this products will have customers and the customers will contribute money to enable the manufacturers to employ more people so that the Ghanaian economy will develop, expand and grow,” Spio Garbrah

Source: Ghana News

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Ghana’s  Minister of Trade and Industry,  Mr Ekow Spio-Garbrah has called on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies and the business community to patronise farm gate adaptable machines manufactured by GRATIS foundation to reduce post harvest losses.

According to Spio, the affordable machines for fufu making, cassava processing, palm oil extraction built by the foundation and the fact that it can build machines for the processing of many other crops according one’s specification, makes it a valuable partner in food processing and the overall national development agenda.

Mr Spio-Garbrah made the appeal during a familiarisation tour of the Gratis Foundation in Tema after visiting Uniliver and later Cargill Ghana limited.

He said Ghana’s industrialisation holds the key to mass quality employment and true national independence because ‘having control over what you eat and use and having surplus to sell is the way forward.’

He asked the foundation to devise marketing strategies to sell its services and products to the public.     

Mr Emmanuel Asiedu, the Chief Executive Officer, GRATIS, said the foundation was developing an educational module which emphasizes on technology transfer to get more Ghanaian youths into industry and creativity.

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Ghana’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Ekow Spio Gabrah has met stakeholders in industry to discuss the introduction of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP) meant to ensure that products conform to quality of standards.

Dr Spio-Gabrah said the programme, when implemented, would improve quality of products through compliance with standards and regulations.

Ghana Standards Authority and SGS, a world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company signed the G-CAP program on August 28, 2014, for the provision of conformity assessment services on goods to be imported when it comes into force.

The Minister assured members that the government would ensure that any decision taken on the programme was premiered on the basis of national interest and appealed to GSA to develop a document on the global and micro information on specific charges on the products.

Dr Spio-Gabrah said the end of March, a final decision would be taken as to whether to introduce the programme or not, urging participants to accept the outcome of the decision in good faith.

Mr Francis Bullen Gavor, a representative from SGS, explained that the G-CAP was intended to verify that products imported in Ghana were in conformity with the applicable Ghana Standards or the approved equivalents and technical regulations before shipment.

Under the G-CAP, products to be imported will undergo verification and testing in the country of supply and a Certificate of Conformity (CoC) will be issued to demonstrate that the product meets applicable standards.

He said the objective of the program was to protect the country and the Ghanaian consumers against the importation of substandard products that could endanger public health, safety and environment.

Mr Gavor said the categories of products covered by the program include toys, electrical and electronic products, automotive products, chemical products, mechanical materials and gas-related products, food and food products, construction materials, selected medical devices, petroleum products, textile and textile articles and used products.

The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) has kicked against the program because they were not adequately informed for a consensus.

The Union said until better consensus wass built among stakeholders, the association would resist any attempt by the GSA to impose a legislation which could have negative repercussions on consumers.

Mr George Kweku Ofori, President of GUTA, said the introduction of the programme was being done by destination inspection companies and that the introduction of the certificate would lead to duplicity of roles.

Mr Ofori said the Association requested that the New Pre-shipment Inspection Agencies as against the existing Destination Inspection Companies must be clearly defined to avoid duplications or increases in cost of doing business and unnecessary prolonging of import transaction in the country.

Although the Association lauds the idea of safeguarding standards, quality and conformity to prevent the dumping of inferior goods into the country, it had identified lack of transparency, clarity and fairness and possible duplication of functions in the proposed G-CAP.

He said the G-CAP, as it was now, could lead to the collapse of many businesses, especially Small and Medium Enterprises, whose capital was not enough to be able to pay all the huge import taxes being imposed on them and also pay for services they had contracted.

Mr Ofori said their outfits are not ready to pay any amount of money if government went on to introduce the programme.

Credit: GNA


Dr. Ekow SpioTrades Minister Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah welcomes Ghana AdvertisersGhana’s Minister for Trades and Industry Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah welcomes a delegation from the Ghana Advertisers Association [GAA] at his office

GAA’s purpose of the visit was to officially congratulate Dr. Spio on his assumption into office as the Trades and Industry machinery of the government and to also introduce to him their newly inducted executives and council members.

The visit affords both parties the opportunity to deliberate on certain issues concerning the conduct of business in the country. The Minister indicated that foreigners can engage in retail trading in Ghana but under certain conditions.

He pointed out that the Ghana Investment Promotion Center [GIPC] Act 865 prevents expatriates from undertaking petty trading in designated markets rather than retail trading as been wrongly interpreted by the public.

Dr. Ekow Spio blamed the media for not reporting accurately and sufficiently on what the GIPC ACT 865 stipulated and therefore creating wrong perceptions and understanding on the side of Ghanaian traders.

Dr. Ekow Spio explained that the law allowed foreigners to trade within the country provided they can afford a US$ 1 million in both goods and cash to be ascertained by customs clearance forms certified by the central bank.

The Minister also touched on the need for local businesses to promote the made in Ghana goods and services campaign been driven by the government. He noted that government through his Ministry would embark on vigorous campaign nationwide, more than it has been done before to ensure the success of the initiative.

He announced that a committee has already been put in place to oversee the implementation and success of the campaign and he was of the conviction that the committee made up of communication and advertising professionals will justify the hope reposed in them.

The made in Ghana goods and services campaign according to Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah will not be a nine day wonder but will be vigorously embarked upon by the current and future administrations.’’ Made in Ghana goods promotion is intended to outlast the Mahama led Government and hopefully it will be maintained by future regimes’’.

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Dr. Ekwow Spio-Garbrah was appointed Chief Executive of the London-based Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) on 8 September 2003, following an internationally competitive process involving some 100+ candidates. He is the first African to be appointed to the post in more than 100 years of the CTO’s existence. He brings to the position more than 25 years of previous successful experience in the fields of communications, advertising, diplomacy, government, sales, consulting and politics.

He was Ghana’s Minister of Communication from July 1997 to December 1998, Minister of Education from December 1998 to January 2001, and was concurrently Minister responsible for Mines and Energy from October to December 1999, under the government of President Jerry John Rawlings. Earlier he served as Ghana’s Ambassador to the USA and Mexico from June 1994 to June 1997, during the Bill Clinton administration.

He has served as acting Chairman of Ghana’s National Communications Authority from July 1997 to December 1998, first Chairman of Ghana’s VAT Service Board from 1997
to 1998 and was a member of the Governing Board of UNESCO in Paris. Previously,
he was a senior official of the African Development Bank (1991-94), the World Bank Group 1988-91), Southwestern Bell (USA) and Hill and Knowlton (USA), from 1979-88. In September 2007, he became a member of the board of Telkom South Africa and subsequently also joined the Board of Vodacom South Africa from December 2007 until May 2009. He is Chairman of the U.K.-based African Cancer Organisation

He holds a BA (Hons), English, from the University of Ghana; a Graduate Certificate in International Banking from the New York University; a Graduate Diploma in Journalism and Communications; an M.A in International Affairs from Ohio University; and
was awarded an LLD (Honoris Causa) by Middlebury University, USA in June 2001.

In December 2006 Ekwow Spio-Garbrah contested for the flagbearership of Ghana’s leading opposition party, the National Democratic Conngress (NDC). He came in second to Professor John Atta Mills, former vice president of the country. Atta Mills subsequently won Ghana’s 2008 presidential race. Dr Spio-Garbrah remains a leading member of Ghana’s now ruling NDC party….. Dr Spio is the now Minister for Trade and Industry in Ghana


spio.President John Dramani Mahama has nominated a former Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, as Minister for Trade and Industry. Mr. Spio-Grabrah will be taking over from Haruna Iddrissu (MP), who has been moved to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.

The President has also appointed Dr. Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kunbuor (MP) as his new Minister for Defence, replacing Mark Woyongo (MP) who has been reassigned to the Ministry of the Interior. Until his reassignment, Dr. Kumbuor was a Minister of State responsible for Government Business in Parliament.

Alhaji Inusah Fuseini (MP) moves from the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, and is the new Minister for Roads and Highways.

Under the new realigned government structure, the Ministry of Communications will now be responsible for the Information and Media Relations functions of government, as it was prior to the year 2001. All agencies under the former Ministry of Information & Media Relations will now operate under the Ministry of Communications.

Find below the final list of Ministers and Deputy Ministers of State, including persons newly nominated and awaiting parliamentary approval.

1. Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration: Hanna Serwaa Tetteh (MP)

2. Attorney General & Ministry of Justice: Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong

3. Defence: Benjamin Bewa-Nyog Kunbuor (MP)

4. Finance: Seth Emmanuel Terkper

5. Interior: Mark Owen Woyongo (MP)

6. Food & Agriculture: Fifi Fiavi Franklin Kwetey (MP)

7. Communications: Dr. Edward Omane Boamah

8. Education: Professor Naana Opoku- Agyeman

9. Employment & Labour Relations: Haruna Iddrisu (MP)

10. Transport: Mrs. Dzifa Attivor

11. Health: Dr. Kweku Agyeman Mensah

12. Lands & Natural Resources: Nii Osah Mills

13. Environment, Science, Technology &

Innovation: Akwasi Oppong Fosu (MP)

14. Local Gov’t & Rural Development: Julius Debrah

15. Water Resources, Works & Housing: Alhaji Collins Dauda (MP)

16. Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts: Mrs. Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare

17. Chieftaincy & Traditional Affairs: Dr. Henry Seidu Daannaa 18. Energy & Petroleum: Emmanuel Kofi Buah (MP)

19. Roads & Highway: Alhaji Inusah Fuseini (MP)

20. Youth & Sports: Mahama Ayariga (MP)

21. Gender, Children & Social Protection: Mrs. Nana Oye Lithur

22. Fisheries & Aquaculture: Sherry Hanny Ayittey

23. Trade & Industry: Ekwow Spio-Garbrah

24. Minister of State: Alhaji Rashid Pelpuo (MP)

25. Minister of State: Mrs. Comfort Ghansah (MP)

26. Minister of State: Dr. Mustapha Ahmed (MP)

27. Minister of State: Elvis Afriyie- Ankrah

28. Minister of State: Alhassan Azong (MP)

1. Ashanti- Samuel Sarpong

2. Brong Ahafo- Eric Opoku (MP)

3. Central- Aquinas Quansah (MP)

4. Eastern- Antwi Boasiako Sekyere

5. Greater Accra- Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo (MP)

6. Northern- Alhaji Limuna Mohammed Muniru

7. Upper East- James Zoogah Tiigah

8. Upper West- Alhaji Amidu Sulemani (MP)

9. Volta- Helen Adjoa Ntoso (MP)

10. Western- Paul Evans Aidoo (MP)

Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration: Amb. Thomas Kwesi Quartey

Attorney General & Ministry of Justice: Dr. Dominic Ayine (MP)

Defence: Alexander Segbefia

Finance: Cassiel Ato Forson (MP)

Mrs. Mona Quartey

Interior: James Agalga (MP)

Agriculture: Dr. Hanna Bissiw (MP)

Dr. Alhassan Ahmed Yakubu (MP)

Communications: Felix Kwakye Ofosu

Ato Sarpong

Education: Sam Okudzeto- Ablakwa (MP)

Alex Kyeremeh (MP)

Employment & Labour Relations: Baba Jamal (MP)

Transport: Mrs. Joyce Bawa Mogtari

Health: Dr. Victor Asare Bampoe

Lands & Natural Resources: Barbara Serwaa Asamoah

Ebenezer Okletey Tei Larbi

Environment, Science, Technology &

Innovation: Dr. Bernice Heloo (MP)

Dr. Alfred Sugri Tia (MP)

Local Gov’t & Rural Development: Emmanuel Agyekum (MP)

Edwin Nii Vandepuye (MP)

Water Resources, Works & Housing: Samson Ahi (MP)

Johnny Osei Kofi

Tourism, Culture & Creative Arts: Dzifa Gomashie

Chieftaincy & Traditional Affairs: Effah Baafi (MP)

Energy: John Abdulai Jinapor

Benjamin Dagadu

Roads & Highway: Isaac Adjei-Mensah (MP)

Youth & Sports: Vincent Oppong Asamoah

Gender, Children & Social Protection: Mrs. Dela Sowah (MP)

John Alexander Ackon

Fisheries & Aquaculture: Mrs. Benita Okity Duah (MP)

Trade: Kweku Ricketts Hagan (MP)

Murtala Mohammed (MP)

Source: GBC

spio President John MahamaSpio and President John MahamaPresident John Dramani Mahama has sworn in Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah as the new Trade and Industry Minister. This follows a Parliamentary approval on October 2, after the Appointment Committee gave him the all clear.

Dr Spio-Garbrah has come under intense criticism from members of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the Alliance for Accountable Governance (AFAG) over comments he made in an article written in 2006 describing the late President John Mills’ Ministers as ‘team B.’

AFAGs protest also follows accusations from theMinority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu, that Spio-Gabrah lied to the Appointment Committee during his vetting.


But President Mahama went ahead on Thursday to swear him at a short ceremony at the Flagstaff House, ushering in the new Trade and Industry Minister.

President Mahama charged Dr Spio-Garbrah to coordinate Ghana’s efforts to transform the structure of the economy.

He said, “We are looking to add more value to our exports. We are looking to create more innovative means of generating revenue, putting up people to work, expanding industry and manufacturing. We’ve reached the stage where economic relations in the world are changing….But I’m sure that you are acquainted with all these developments, already knowing the rich background and experience that you have in terms of the work that you have done in the past.”

Dr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah also assured the President that he will put in his optimum best to ensure the realization of the nation’s goals.