The Export sector of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) is a critical sector catering to the provision of goods and services aimed at creating the environment for much needed foreign exchange.

The export processing zones are part of wider efforts to boost industrial exports. The implementation of the National Single Window – a programme to automate and consolidate all trade processes – is a critical part of this and includes an e-payment system as well as a single paperless system for meeting documentation requirements.

The initiative should improve transparency, reduce irregularities and cut both time and costs of importing and exporting. Authorities began the second phase in 2015, which is integrating  across the public and private sector entities. This is set to reduce the time and cost of trade by as much as 50% and lead to annual savings of more than USD 120 million.

The country recently concluded an interim economic partnership agreement with the EU that will improve access to that trading bloc. Ratified by Ghana in August 2016and by the EU Parliament in December 2016, the agreement will give Ghana-based companies duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market.

While this will be constrained by EU import standards, the economic partnership agreement provides an important opportunity to domestic exporters. Trade with the EU is worth €5.3 billion annually of which exports reached €2.3 billion in 2016.



Mr. Charles Yao Mensah is the Executive Chairman of Myroc Group of Companies in Tema. He is also the Chairperson of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Export Sector and a member of the National Council of the AGI. He is also the immediate past Chairman of the Tema Branch of the AGI.

Mr. Mensah was born in December 1957. He graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with BA Hons (Economics) He worked with former BP and ELF and resigned to set up his own company in 1993. He has a number of companies forming the Myroc Group of Companies, namely; Myroc Food Processing Company, the second largest tuna processing company located in Tema Heavy Industrial Area- a Free Zone Company; Clear Skies Co. Ltd, a tuna fishing company with five vessels; Myroc Farms Ltd, a 600 acre farms at Kpando; Myroc Salt Industries Ltd, crude iodized salt to feed fishing vessels at Kpone Akpanku – Free Zone Company; Myroc Logistics Ltd, a transport and haulage service provider – a Free Zone Company. A Mr. Mensah employs over 2000 workers.

Mr. Mensah is a Member of the African Tuna Producers’ Association and recognized as the only African in the production of tuna products in the world. He is very passionate about the private sector development as a pre-requisite for the industrial development of Ghana. He has represented AGI on a number of Boards of Directors, including Ghana Shippers’ Authority Governing Councils.

In his bid to give back to society, Mr. Mensah is socially responsible for over 200 children in Save Them Young and Sisters of Mother Theresa Orphanage homes. He has also built and renovated four schools and he is undertaking School Feeding Programme at Kpando JHS, providing breakfast and lunch to over 140 underprivileged children.

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