The Leadership in Public Financial Management II (LPFM II) Task Order supports rapid, sustainable and equitable economic growth in United States Agency for International Development (USAID) assisted countries by enabling USAID to better address Public Financial Management (tax, budget, and expenditure), Sound Macroeconomic Planning and Policies, and other selected Economic Governance issues such as Regulatory Reform and Trade Facilitation issues. Under the Trade Africa initiative, the United States committed to support Ghana’s efforts to enhance the business environment, encourage open investment regimes, and enhance their trade as well as intraregional trade. The Trade Africa initiative focuses on four thematic areas: Trade Facilitation, Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Standards, Technical Barriers to Trade, and Policies to Promote Regional Trade and Investment. Plan Consult associated with Nathan Associates for the Ghana Study. Specifically the needs assessment conducted under the Leadership in Public Financial Management II (LPFM II) sought to:
- Review the status of implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA);
- Review, verify and expand on the respective Trade Facilitation Self-Assessments in specific targeted areas agreed with the US Government;
- Identify capacity gaps in the implementation of the WTO TFA in Ghana and opportunities; and
- Identify capacity gaps in SPS/TBT notification points in Ghana.