The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Government of Ghana and Government of Switzerland will on Tuesday 24th September launch a new country programme to improve trade quality and standards of cashew, oil palm and cocoa exports in Accra at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel.

The Global Quality and Standards Programme (GQSP) is an innovative programme developed by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and UNIDO to address country-specific quality and standards compliance capacity challenges in partner countries to facilitate market access for SMEs in selected value chains.


In Ghana, the project will strengthen the capacity of SMEs to comply with market requirements along the cashew, oil palm and cocoa value chains.

It will be implemented by UNIDO in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) and funded by the Government of Switzerland through SECO.

The GQSP will build on the results of the TCB Programme implemented in Ghana from 2007 to 2018 by UNIDO in partnership with the Government of Ghana and continue to strengthen the development of quality and standards.

As part of the activities for the launch, there will be a short ceremony to outdoor COCOBOD Quality Control Company Limited accredited laboratory and cocoa inspection activities supported through the TCB programme also funded by SECO.


The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.
Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.

About SECO

The Economic Cooperation and Development Division of SECO plans and implement economic cooperation and development activities with middle-income countries as well as the new member states of the European Union. SECO focuses its efforts on eight middle-income priority countries, among them Ghana and five transition countries. SECO thrives to encourage sustainable and inclusive growth. The measures deployed by SECO are targeted towards achieving effective institutions and services, more and better jobs, increased trade and competitiveness and low-emission and climate resilient economies.

The Ministry of Trade & Industry is the supporting government agency of this programme and the lead policy advisor to the government on trade, industrial and private sector development with responsibility for the formulation and implementation of policies for the promotion, growth and development of domestic, international trade, and industry.

By Linda Gyala


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