Ghana, UK Finalizes Trade Partnership Agreement

Ghana and the United Kingdom have signed a new interim Trade Partnership Agreement after days of negotiations, ending the Transition Period following the withdrawal of UK from the European Union

The agreement is expected to provide for duty free and quota free access for Ghanaian goods to the UK market and preferential tariff reductions for UK exporters to the Ghanaian market.

According to a statement released by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, “the agreement will enter into effect following the completion of relevant internal procedures required in both Ghana and the UK”.

Earlier this year, UK companies threatened to reject imports from Ghana as the country and Britain failed to reach a trade agreement, post Brexit.

Banana farmers were the hardest hit, losing about 20% of their exports to the UK and could have lost about 70% more if the agreement was not finalized.

The new agreement is said to reaffirm the deep interest of both Ghana and the UK to strengthen their longstanding trade and economic relationship.

The agreement also reflects the importance of integration between the West African States within the context of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and amongst African States within the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area.

Read the full statement below:

Over 15,000 Ghanaians Died of Cancer In 2020 – Report

Over 15,000 Ghanaians died of cancer last year, according to the Global Cancer Statistics (GLOBOCAN) 2020.

The Global Cancer, Mortality and Prevalence report indicated that more than 24,000 new cases are recorded in the country annually.

Speaking at an event to commemorate this year’s World Cancer Day, the President of Breast Care International (BCI), Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai said common cancers such as breast, liver, cervix, and prostate are the cause of these deaths. 

The 2020 global cancer figures show liver cancer recorded 3,166 deaths, cervical cancer killed 1,699, and prostate cancer caused 1,117 deaths in the country.

Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai said cancer cases have increased since 2018, and therefore need serious attention.

“Equal attention must also be given to cancers as given to Covid-19 because Covid-19 did not come to stop cancers, neither did it come to trade places with the cancers. Therefore, awareness and education on cancers must be intensified,”

Dr. Waife Addai observed that breast cancer remains the number one killer among cancers.  

“Breast cancer is still the number one cause of death among Ghanaian women as far as cancers are concerned. But this is preventable, treatable and curable, likewise liver and cervical cancers.”

She used the opportunity to call on the government to provide free vaccination for cervical cancer.

Meanwhile, women have been entreated to frequent health facilities for regular medical checkups.