The Committee was informed that in the year 2012, nothing was released in respect of goods and services for the Ghana Export and Promotion Authority. The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) participated in a lot of international fairs and exhibitions in 2012. Notable among these are the Abuja and Lagos International Fairs, SIAO Fair, Izmir International Fair in Turkey, Ambiente Fair in Frankfurt-Germany, Kenya Solo Exhibition and the la Cote d' lviore Solo Exhibition.
The Committee observed that the 2012 Export Performance Statistics Report showed a decline of 2.45 per cent of the total Non-Traditional Export (NTE) earnings in 2012. In 2011, the figure was two billion and forty-two million US dollars (US$2.42 billion) but was reduced to two billion and thirty-six million US dollars (US$ 2.36 billion) in 2012.
The Authority was constrained with weak supply base of Non-Traditional Export (NTE) product and limited medium export financing for the exporter community.
The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) will implement specific, strategic projects and programmes in line with the Government's Trade Policy to support the growth of non-traditional export earnings to achieve the five billion US dollars (US$5.0 billion) target by 2015.
The National Board for Small Scale Industries will improve small and medium enterprises access to formal credit through increased supply of funds and simplified loan application and processing procedures.
The Board will also provide tailor-made entrepreneurial, managerial and technical skills training programmes to enhance the
capacity of the medium and small enterprises.
The Board will also promote the integration of women into formal business activities. The Committee was informed that the Board will make business support services easily accessible to rural entrepreneurs and also improve the quality of products to meet international standards.
The Ghana Regional Appropriate Technology Industrial Service (GRATIS) Foundation in collaboration with PLAN Ghana is establishing a training centre at Koforidua to train the youth in automobile engineering. It has funding from the HYUNDAI MOTORS Agency (KONICA).
Indebtedness to Messrs Cromwell International of England.
In April, 2006, GRATIS Foundation, through national competitive bidding, contracted Messrs Cromwell International of 65th Chartwell Drive, Wigston, Leicester, England to supply workshop equipment such as Computer Numerically Control (CNC) machines, welding and fabrication equipment, foundry equipment, materials, testing equipment and measuring instruments.
The equipment were supplied and GRATIS Foundation paid part of the cost, leaving a balance of one hundred and forty-two thousand US dollars (US$ 142,000). Efforts have been made to pay fifty thousand dollars (US$50,000), leaving a balance of ninety-two thousand dollars (US$92,000) unpaid.
Liabilities of the GISDC as of December, 2010 when the services of K9 Security Services were terminated totalled one hundred and twenty-one thousand, five hundred and seventy-nine Ghana cedis,
twenty-eight pesewas (GH¢ 121,579.28) GRATIS has paid seventeen thousand, five hundred Ghana cedis (GH¢17,500.00) to K9 Security Services out of the twenty- three thousand, five hundred and forty- two Ghana cedis (GH¢23,542.00) owed. The total indebtedness of the Ghana Industrial Skills Development Center now stands at one hundred and twenty thousand, two hundred and fifty-two Ghana cedis, forty-six pesewas
The Committee was informed that in 2012, the Foundation provided technical and income generating training programmes to the youth and vulnerable groups in various skills such as metal machinery, welders and fabrication occupational safety and health environ- mental management, engineering, architecture, et cetera.
The Foundation also produced assorted equipments and spare parts in agric/agro and other sectors for both local and West African markets.
The Foundation needs sufficient funds to procure cross-country vehicles for effective monitoring of the regional branches.
It came to light that in 2012, nothing was released to the Foundation in respect of assets acquisition. Even though the Foundation was given the warrant to purchase two vehicles, payment is yet to be effected by the Ministry of Finance to GHAMOT Company which has been on the neck of the Foundation day in and day out.
In 2013, the Foundation requested for a budgetary allocation of four million, three hundred and eighty-two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-two Ghana cedis, thirty-four pesewas (GH¢4,382,992.34) but
was allocated two million, one hundred and thirty-one thousand, six hundred and ninety-nine Ghana cedis (GH¢2,131, 699.00) which is about 50 per cent of its request which is woefully inadequate for its activities.
It was revealed that, the Ghana National Procurement Agency (GNPA) will need the Ministry's support to pay its thirty-six (36) employees.
Moreover, the Agency lacked seed capital for bulk purchase of food items.
The Central Regional Development Corporation was paid five million, four hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢5,400,000.00) to clear arrears of 2011 in 2012 in respect of social intervention projects. However, there is an outstanding amount of five million, eight hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢5,800,000.00). The Committee was informed that the Ministry of Finance has given the green light and it was up to the corporation to present certificate for onward payments.
The Authority continued its market, product and other promotional and developmental activities.
Based on the above observations, the Committee would wish to make the following recommendations for the consideration of the House. It is the hope of the Committee that these recommenda- tions, when adopted, would go a long way to help the Ministry, its departments and agencies to achieve set goals and targets.
Ministry of Trade and Industry
The Ministry should liaise with the Ministry of Finance to ensure the timely release of funds to the Ministry, Departments and Agencies.