By Lydia Kukua Asamoah, GNA
Accra, Oct. 31, GNA – Mr Stephen Censky, the
U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, has finished his a few-day trade mission to
West Africa with a simply call on international locations in the sub location to generate a optimistic
business weather that would boost a win-win circumstance for all.
He explained the area has various small business
prospects that wanted a constructive enterprise ecosystem to sustain.
Mr Censky, in the firm of Mrs Stephanie
Sullivan, the US Ambassador, briefing the media at a roundtable on Wednesday,
explained the mission as profitable and full of possibilities.
The mission was aimed at aiding exporters
of United States to foster new opportunities in the sub location exactly where solid
financial advancement is driving demand from customers for American exports of meals and farm
Mr Censky explained his delegation participated
in a variety of meetings with companies in Ghana and other West Africa nations and
that they explored many trade, agriculture and investment alternatives in
He reported agriculture trade routines amongst
US and Ghana in 2019 totaled about 300 million dollars adding that the US would
like to have a bigger share of Ghana and West Africa imports.
Also, the general food items and agriculture
imports in the course of West Africa was about 10 billion bucks per year and the
US share of that was just about 500 million bucks.
“The US is fascinated in attaining a larger
share than that and this trade mission was about creating those people connections
so that folks could know each individual other and create a mutually helpful
initiatives,” Mr Censky reported.
On her element, Madam Stephanie Sullivan explained
US continues to be the greatest bilateral trade husband or wife to Ghana and that by way of the
United States Section of Agriculture, a lot of trade partnerships, ability
building programmes, transfer of technological know-how and the exploration of more means to
generate broader markets that “connect our two nations around the world, and West Africa were being
She explained aside two key US priorities,
namely, regional protection and establishment governance, her region was also
fascinated in establishing trade and investment decision interactions.
She said the pay a visit to of the robust trade mission illustrated the significance US
attached to the trade and expenditure partnership and partnership between Ghana
and US, as nicely as the US and West Africa more broadly.
Madam Sullivan stated the journey to
self-reliance also demanded enterprise-pushed growth and “having this
company to company link are wonderful strategies to enable deepen the
From Oct 28-31, Mr Censky led in excess of 40
American enterprises to Ghana, in which other customer delegations from Cote
d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Nigeria and Senegal also participated in the different
deliberations that was based in Ghana.
In the course of his visit, he achieved with some
govt officers, non-public sector representatives, members of small business
associations, and academic institutions.
He paid out a go to to both equally the Ministers of
Meals and Agriculture, Mr Owusu Afriyie Akoto as nicely as the Minister of Trade
and Sector, Mr Alan Kyerematen to go over bilateral agricultural trade.
The Deputy Secretary also interacted with
African alumni from two U.S. govt agricultural trade programmes,
specifically, the Cochran Fellowship and the Borlaug Fellowship.
The alumni are those people who acquired education
in the United States to create current market-driven food systems and enhance trade
links with U.S. agribusinesses and executed study at U.S. establishments in
matters ranging from animal health and fitness, food stuff safety, and biotechnology.
He also led a roundtable discussion with
associates of the University of Ghana schools of veterinary medication,
agriculture, and animal science on the url concerning Ghanaian agriculture
education and agriculture generation.
Mr Censky met with the American Chamber of
Commerce-Ghana (AMCHAM) to confer about the present-day enterprise local climate in Ghana,
opportunity regional agricultural and export possibilities for U.S. items, and
networked with AMCHAM customers in the foodstuff and agricultural sector.
He also held conferences with Mr Ken
Ofori-Atta, Minister of Finance to talk about possibilities for U.S. enterprises in
Ghana and how U.S. agribusinesses could add to Ghana’s eyesight for
agricultural sector prosperity.
He fulfilled with the Foods, Agriculture and Cocoa
Affairs Committee of Parliament and talked about with the legislators, the U.S.
engagement and expense in the Ghanaian agriculture sector as effectively as the
gains of U.S. agricultural trade to domestic industries and Ghanaian
“At the U.S. Division of Agriculture
(USDA) we are performing to promote the bounty of American agriculture.
West Africa is a brilliant location with a escalating
middle course that are hungry for our scrumptious and healthful agriculture
solutions,” claimed Mr Censky.
“Through this trade mission and other
attempts, USDA is very pleased to guidance President Trump’s Prosper Africa initiative,
which is in search of to strengthen two-way trade and financial commitment between the United
States and Africa.
Mr Censky was joined by Nebraska Division
of Agriculture Director Steve Wellman, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner
Doug Goehring, officials from the Georgia Section of Agriculture, and
representatives from other trade establishments.