Trade Africa is an initiative of the United States Government announced in July 2013 to strengthen the U.S. relationship with Africa in order to significantly expand U.S.–African private and public sector collaboration to increase trade with and within Africa. In 2013, the Trade Africa countries were Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda and in 2015, Trade Africa was expanded to include Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mozambique, Senegal, and Zambia.
Ghana is a low middle income country, with a per capita income of $1,590 and a population of 26.79 million in 2014. Ghana’s poverty rate in 2012 was 24.2 percent, which is a significant reduction from its 2005 rate of 31.9 percent. The service sector is the leading contributor to the economy and accounted for 49.9 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, followed by industry at 27.7 percent, and agriculture 22.4 percent. External trade plays a substantial role in Ghana’s economy. In 2014 exports accounted for 39.5 percent of the GDP while imports were 48.9 percent.
The goal of USAID’s Economic Growth program is to realize sustainable and broadly shared economic growth in Ghana
The goal of USAID’s integrated health, population and nutrition program is to promote equitable improvements in the health status of Ghanaians by achieving the following results: increased access to integrated health services; increased availability of community-based health resources; strengthened and responsive health systems; and improved health sector governance and accountability.
The goal of USAID’s education program is to increase the number of Ghanaian children who are able to read with fluency and comprehension in the early grades of primary school.
Last updated: April 11, 2017