The TRAQUE Programme awarded a grant facility valued at EUR 700,000 to four institutions namely, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), the National Board for Small Scale Businesses (NBSSI), the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA). The purpose of the grant is to build capacity in the various institutions to improve food safety and certification systems for both local and export markets. Also it will:
- Build capacity of exporters of cereals, groundnuts and yam in food safety system to meet export market requirements (GEPA).
- Build capacity of the agro business sector in food safety and quality management systems (NBSSI)
- Strengthen the current certification systems and establish an environmental management certification system and becoming International Registered of Certified Auditors (IRCA) certifier of selected courses (GSA)
- Build capacity of food inspection in advanced inspection methods in food and drug manufacturing processes and risk analysis (FDA)
The Programme has also provided equipment estimated at 6 million Euros to 28 public laboratories in Ghana. Some of the laboratories which benefited from the supply of equipment include the Food and Drugs Authority, the Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Revenue Authority—Customs Division, Food Research Institute, Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate and the Institute of Industrial Research of CSIR.
The Food and Drugs Authority Physiochemical Lab, the Microbiology Laboratory of the Food Research Institute (FRI) and the laboratory of the Veterinary Services Directorate have been renovated under the TRAQUE Programme grant facilities.
The purpose of the supply of this new equipment is to enable laboratories in Ghana to provide better services to the business sector, and to government ministries and departments and agencies in the regulatory business.