Source: Savannanews24.com/ Hamza Lansah Lolly:
The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), Mr. Akilu Sayibu has paid a courtesy call on the former Trade and Industry Minister under the Mahama NDC government, and now the Minority Leader of Parliament of Ghana, Hon Haruna Iddrisu.
The meeting was held at the Minority Leaders Office in Parliament to enable the new budding CEO of GEPA to draw on the rich experiences of the venerable lawmaker and former Trade and Industry Minister.
It would be recalled that the Deputy CEO was recently appointed by the President, Nana Addo-Dankwa Akuffo Addo to complement the strengths of the CEO Gifty Kekeli Klenam to champion the NPP government’s agenda of increasing the country’s non-traditional exports. Earnings from Non Traditional Exports from Ghana currently hover around $2.4 billion per annum and it is projected, through the GEPA to increase Non-Traditional Exports to rake in $10 million dollars by the year 2021.
As a result, Mr Akilu Sayibu has started an exercise to reach out to critical and important players in the Trade sector to learn, share knowledge and experiences that would capacitate him to contribute his best in the quest to increasing the country’s Non Traditional Export products, which has the tendency of providing jobs, improving livelihoods and stimulating growth and development.
Hon Haruna Iddrisu, was very instructive in the processes leading to the passing of the Exim Bank Bill 911, 2016 and the Ghana National Export Strategy (2013) for the non traditional sector. He shared professional and personal experiences with the Deputy-CEO and emphasized the need for the top echelon of the Authority to work in harmony to pursue a common course. He wished the Deputy CEO well in his new position and reiterated the need for him to support the efforts of the CEO to triumph.
Mr Akilu Sayibu, who was once the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for Tamale North Constituency in the 2012 Election, expressed gratitude to the Minority leader for his openness and willingness to share ideas with him, even though they belonged to different political orientations. For him, what was paramount was the development of the country. He promised to constantly draw on the rich experiences of all that mattered.