About the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI)

The Ministry of Trade & Industry is the lead policy advisor to 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 and international trade and industry. The Ministry is also the advocate for the private sector within government and is the principal agency responsible for monitoring and implementing the Government’s private sector development programmes and activities. The Ministry also ensures that Ghana derives maximum benefit from international trade relations and that domestic trade is conducted in a smooth and orderly manner. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the Ministry to strengthen trade relations with all friendly countries on a most favoured nation basis consistent with Ghana’s membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Special attention continues to be focused on the diversification of markets and the commodity export base by promoting the development of non-traditional exports industries with the view to developing an export-led economy. In industry, the Ministry’s policy thrust continues primarily to be the development of a more competitive industrial sub-sector with potentials to make in-roads into the international market with value added local products derived from local resources.


The Vision of the Ministry is to establish Ghana as a major manufacturing, value-added, financial and commercial hub in West Africa.


The mission of the Ministry is to develop a vibrant, technology-driven, liberalised and competitive trade and industrial sector that significantly contributes to economic growth and employment creation, particularly involving mass mobilisation of rural communities and other vulnerable groups including women. This will lead to the diversification and structural transformation of the economy. MOTI will for the realisation of the above mission, use well-trained and highly motivated personnel to serve the business and industrial community with utmost efficiency, transparency, and promptness.


The objective of the Ministry is to ensure effective trade and industrial development for national development.

Core Functions

The Ministry's functions are: • To formulate and harmonize policies that will ensure inter-sectoral collaboration in the implementation of trade and industrial policies both at national and global levels. • Improve entrepreneurial skills, technological capabilities and accessibility to credit and markets • To develop programmes and activities for institutional capacity building to meet the challenges of the global market. • To develop standards and Quality Systems to meet production requirements for local and international markets • To facilitate the development and promotion of non-traditional Export products. • To facilitate the development of the production base and Expansion of cross-border trade. • To collect, collate process, store and disseminate timely and accurate information for stakeholders. • To facilitate the removal of institutional and legal bottlenecks. • To facilitate private sector access to capital. • To ensure that private sector development programmes are complementary and cover broad range of needs. • To encourage and facilitate the provision of public service by the private sector. • To facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship.

MOTI is Responsible for

• Policy formulation • Facilitating enterprise development including Micro, small and Medium • Enterprise (MSMEs). • Development and enforcement of standards in trade and industry. • Promoting and facilitating Ghana internal and export trade with emphasis on diversification and value-addition • Promoting and facilitating Ghana’s active participation in Global Trade through participation in multilateral and • Plurilateral institutions as well as champion Ghana’s market expansion drive. • Facilitating the development of the Private Sector • Facilitating innovation and entrepreneurship with both formal and informal sectors to enhance factor productivity. • The Ministry is involved in activities geared towards Production, commerce and creation of gain employment.

Divisions of the Ministry

The following are the divisions of the Ministry:

1. Domestic Trade & Distribution

The core objective of the Domestic Trade & Distribution Division is to facilitate the development and growth of Ghana’s internal trade. This involves four projects under the TSSP: improved trade and distribution systems and infrastructure; promotion of made-in-Ghana goods; consumer protection and; facilitation of the use of government to enhance the growth of SMEs. In this direction, three model markets for district, municipal and metropolitan assemblies are being planned. Certain markets around the country will be established and some new ones will be constructed.

2. SME & Manufacturing

The core activity of the SMEs & Technology Division is to enhance the production capacities of firms in the country, with particular focus on SMEs. Within the framework of the TSSP, the division is mandated with the development of an industrial policy and sector strategies; SME support; a district industrialization programme; technology improvement programme; technological innovation centre for capital goods manufacture; technology centres and business incubators; industrial sub-contracting and partnership exchange; education and industry linkage.

3. Logistics & Value Chain

Ensure that Value Systems are well established in SME development and also to facilitate the development of the Logistics Services markets. Responsible for coordinating the activities of MDA’s and the private sector to build a credible database on logistics and value chain management in Ghana. Ensure effective movement of goods within the country and across the borders rapidly, reliably and in a cost effective manner. To instigate policies, plans and programs that will drive the development of the logistics system in the Trade and Industry sector. To formulate strategies and programs that will impel the development of value chains/systems in Ghana.

4. Standards

The Standards Division is responsible for the delivery of four projects, namely; upgrading standards institution; ensuring compliance with international standards regulations; enforcement of standards on the domestic market and; facilitating productivity improvements in the industry.

5. Trade Facilitation

The Trade Facilitation Division has five projects under the TSSP, namely; custom clearance; airport cargo handling; provision of storage and cold chain facilities; adequate and efficient facilities at the ports; provision of cost-effective and secure transit trade facilities; and the creation of a free port. To facilitate trade by simplifying customs procedures and making Ghana the preferred destination for doing business in the West African sub-region, the Ministry is pursuing among other things, the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS), Ghana Community Network (GCNet), and the Destination Inspection Scheme.

6. Research, Information & Statistics

The Research and Information and Statistics Division ensures the availability of accurate and reliable trade data to support the implementation of the overall trade agenda of government. The Ministry is also building a database to monitor price trends of specific items in the domestic markets so that mechanisms can be put in place to mitigate economically disruptive price triggers.

7. Policy Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation

The Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Division is the nerve centre of the Ministry. It takes the lead in facilitating the development and review of policies and programmes. It is responsible for the coordination of the annual work prgrammes. It also monitors the targets of policies programmes and projects in line the sector’s goals and objectives and ensures the development and periodic review of comprehensive and sustainable policies, plans, programmes and budgets for all the sector’s activities.

8. Export Trade Development

The Export Trade Support Services Division provides a full range of effective support services to the export sector to enable it achieve growth and expansion in export markets, as well as develop new value added products for Ghana’s export portfolio. In conjunction with the Private Enterprises Foundation, it will facilitate improved access to development and trade finance for exports, primarily through a restructured and effective Export Trade, Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF).

9. Multilateral, Regional & Bilateral Trade

The MOTI Multilateral Trade Division is responsible for fulfilling Ghana's multilateral trade obligations through the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and handling bilateral and regional trade issues. This involves improving structures for international trade negotiations and formulating and implementing trade negotiation strategies.

10. Legal

The Legal Affairs Division of the Ministry handles all legal issues relating to the Ministry. This includes, but not limited to, drawing up new agreements, contracts; reviewing proposed agreements, contracts; or reviewing existing ones. The Legal Affairs Division gives the Hon. Minister and the Deputy Minister legal advice or opinion on issues arising out of the performance of the Ministry's work.

11. Communications & Public Affairs

To help identify the people we would like to reach and craft messages that appeal to them is the responsibility of the Communication and Public Affairs Division. The division also manages our relationships with the public and influencing their opinion. It also involves creating exposure and developing goodwill for the company.

12. Administration

The Administration Directorate is one of the main Directorates of the Ministry. The main function of the Administration Directorate is to support the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes of the Ministry for the development of the Trade and Industry sectors of the economy. The Directorate consists of the following units; • General Administration • Estate • Security • Procurement • Transport • Records • Secretarial The Directorate’s function include providing an effective and efficient system of internal checks and the practice of proper and accountable administration at the Ministry It also formulates and institute welfare and safety policies in compliance with labour laws and regulations for the Ministry. Also, it ensures an efficient and effective management of records and documents of the Ministry. The Directorate is responsible for the provision of logistics to ensure that services and facilities necessary to support the administrative and other functions of the Ministry available. It is also responsible for the effective management of the assets of the Ministry. This year, under the work plan of the Administration Directorate, an organizational manual has been developed and awaiting final validation for it to be implemented. The importance of this is that, it outlines the responsibilities, functions and training needs of the various Directorates in the Ministry The Directorate priority is to work efficiently and effectively in the daily coordination and management of the Ministry to fully implement the policy objectives of the Ministry

Regional Trade & Industry Offices in Ghana

The Ministry is represented in all the 10 regions of Ghana and at the major ports and border entry/exit points.

Overseas Trade Missions

In addition, it maintains overseas offices in; • United Kingdom (http://ghana.embassyhomepage.com/) • United States of America (http://www.ghanaembassy.org/) • Switzerland (http://missions.itu.int/~ghana/) • Belgium (https://www.ghanaembassy.be/) • Nigeria (ghcomabuja@yahoo.com) • South Africa (http://www.ghana.org.za/consular.htm) • Turkey (ankara@mfa.gov.gh) • China (http://ghanaembassychina.org/) and • Japan (http://www.ghanaembassy.or.jp/).

Agencies & Ministerial Responsibilities

MOTI is aided in its work by the following Agencies:

1. Ghana Export Promotion Authority

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) is the National Export Trade Support Institution of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) responsible for the facilitation, development and promotion of Ghanaian exports. GEPA was established by Act 396 in 1969 as an agency of the Ministry of Trade and Industry with the mandate to develop and promote Ghanaian exports. Our focus has primarily been to diversify Ghana’s export base from the traditional Gold and other unprocessed minerals, Cocoa Beans, Timber Logs and Lumber. Currently there are over 383 different Non-Traditional Export products categorised as Agricultural, Processed/Semi Processed and Handicrafts. Export Trade in Services is a new and recent addition to the non-traditional export portfolio.

2. National Board for Small Scale Industries

The National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI) was established in 1985 under Act 434 of 1981 as an apex body for the development of small-scale industries in Ghana. In order to create a single, dynamic and integrated organisation adequately capitalised and capable of responding to the needs of small-scale enterprises sector, the Government merged the Ghanaian Enterprises Development Commission (GEDC) and the Cottage Industries Division of the Department of Rural Housing and Cottage Industries (DRHCI) with the Board in 1994. The Board provides financial and non-financial service to potential and practising entrepreneurs in the manufacturing and services sector.

3. Ghana Standards Authority

The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) which is the national Standards body was established by the Standards Decree, 1967 (NLCD 199) which has been superseded by the Standards Decree, 1973 (NRCD 173). The Authority is also the custodian of the Weights and Measures Decree (NRCD 326, 1975). These legislations together mandate the Authority to undertake: 1. National Standards development and dissemination; 2. Testing Services; 3. Inspection Activities 4. Product certification scheme 5. Calibration, Verification and Inspection of Weights, Measures and Weighing and Measuring Instruments 6. Pattern approval of new weighing and measuring instruments 7. Destination Inspection of imported High Risk goods 8. Promoting Quality Management Systems in Industry 9. Advice the Ministry of Trade, Industry, on standards and related issues

4. GRATIS Foundation of Ghana

GRATIS Foundation was established in March 1987, initially as Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Service (GRATIS), a Project to promote micro, small and medium-scale enterprises. The Foundation was incorporated in 1999 as a company limited by guarantee.

5. Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM)

As a result of a regional initiative, the UNDP sponsored the Government of Ghana to execute an integrated regional development programme (CERIDEP) for the Central Region of Ghana with tourism as the lead sector in April 1990. The Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM) was thus established as a technical wing of the Regional Coordinating Council (R.C.C.) to implement the RCC development policy and programme with emphasis on private sector towards the sustainable economic development of the Central Region.

6. Rural Enterprises Programme

The Rural Enterprises Programme (REP) is part of the efforts of the Government of Ghana to reduce poverty and improve living conditions in the rural areas. REP is an upscale of the Rural Enterprises Project - Phases I & II (REP-II & I) which were implemented in 66 districts across the country from 1995 to 2011. The Programme seeks to upscale and mainstream, within public and private institutional systems, the district-based micro- and small-scale enterprises (MSEs) support system piloted by REP-II & I to at least 161 municipalities and districts in all the ten regions of the country from 2012 to 2020.

7. Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited

The Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited was incorporated as a Limited Liability Company under the Statutory Corporations (Conversion to Companies) Act 1993, Act 461 in April 1997. The Company took over the assets and liabilities of the Ghana Trade Fair Authority (GTFA) which was established as a State Owned Enterprise under PNDC Law 215. The Authority had the mandate to commercially manage the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre as a commercial enterprise. Before then the Trade Fair Centre was managed by the Trade Fair Secretariat which was a unit within the Ministry of Trade and Industry. The Government of Ghana owns 100% shares of the Company.

8. Ghana National Procurement Agency Limited

GNPA LTD was until 1995 known as the Ghana National Procurement Agency. It is a limited liability Company with 100% equity stake by Government of Ghana. It was incorporated under the Companies Code in 1995 with the primary aim of importing “essential commodities in large quantities for sale to Ghanaian consumers at affordable prices, as well as procuring goods for Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and holding the national buffer stock.

9. Ghana Free Zones Board

The Ghana Free Zones Board was established by an Act of Parliament, Act 504 in 1995, to establish free zones in Ghana for the promotion of economic development and to provide for the regulation of activities in free zones and for related purposes. The Free Zones programme is designed to promote processing and manufacturing of goods through the establishment of Export Processing Zones (EPZs). It also encourages the development of commercial activities at seaports and airports areas.

10. Ghana Heavy Equipment Limited

This is a limited liability company wholly owned by the Government of Ghana. It used to be the Heavy Equipment Division of the erstwhile Ghana National Trading Corporation (GNTC) until June 1995 when it was incorporated into a limited liability company. The company is engaged in the sale and servicing of earth moving equipment from Japan and Zetor Tractors from Czech Republic. GHEL has lost its Komatsu dealership, and is currently in the process of looking for new business opportunities.

11. Export Trade, Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF)

The Export Trade, Agricultural Investment Fund (EDAIF), is an agency of the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Government of Ghana. Established on October 4, 2000 under the Act 582, the fund aims to provide financial resources and assistance for the development and promotion of the export trade of Ghana. In 2011, the fund was amended and expanded to include the development and promotion of agriculture, related to the agro-processing industry and hence the change of name to include “Agriculture”. Per the new bill passed early this year, EDAIF now provides funds for export trade, agriculture and Industrial development. EDAIF provides financing for a wide range of services including: Non-traditional export, Product Development, Capacity Building, Market Research and Development of Infrastructure, Development and Promotion of other entrepreneurial activities, Export trade-oriented activities and Agricultural and Agro-processing development. The rest are:

6. GIHOC Distilleries

7. Volta Star Textiles Limited

8. Northern Star Tomato Company Limited

9. Ayensu Starch Factory