The Dutch Export Academy: Official Opening and Postponement


The Dutch Export Academy: Official Opening and Postponement

The third edition of the Dutch Export Academy was officially opened by the Deputy Head of Mission H.E. Katja Lasseur on 11th March 2020 at the Ghana Innovation Hub.

Once again, GNBCC together with training partner MDF West Africa, brand and packaging design training experts and some invited guests such as export regulators and certification authorities were invited to join in the third edition. From 11th to 13th March, the DEA officially commenced for 20 young entrepreneurs. Participants were very happy and very engaging as they learned from different export and business experts how to put their products and services on the global market.

The second part of the DEA which was scheduled for 24th to 26th of March 2020, however, has to be postponed due to the sudden situation regarding the Covid-19 in Ghana and the presidential directive gatherings and the safety precautions of social distancing. The Export Academy will resume once the COVID-19 situation is resolved and business is back to normal and new dates will be communicated as soon as possible.

The Export Academy is an initiative of the Netherlands Embassy in Accra, together with GNBCC and MDF West Africa and is a comprehensive training program designed for Ghanaian entrepreneurs and exporters who are looking to improve their exports or to start exporting to the EU. The six-day course will offer a complete program on how to export your products from Ghana to the EU. The Dutch Export Academy is implemented by the Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC) and MDF West Africa.

The first two editions of this program were successfully organized in April and November 2018, followed by a joint evaluation in June 2019 and the program will be repeated for a new group of participants in February 2020. The training program covers Export Planning, EU Export Processes and Documentation, Standards & Regulations, Product and Packaging Design, Book Keeping,  Export Finance, Field Visits and many more.

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