Packaging is an effective tool for preservation, protection, marketing and distribution of goods. In Ghana, poor packaging has been identified as one of the major reasons for the failure of locally manufactured goods to compete favourably with imported goods or even be accepted on the international market.
Poor and inadequate packaging also contributes to excessive product damage, post-harvest losses and contamination of food, leading to disease transmission.
On the backdrop of this, the Institute of Packaging, Ghana (IOPC) under the auspices of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) in collaboration with the Department of Food Process Engineering of the University of Ghana with support from the BUSAC Fund, have organized a five-day training-of-trainers (ToT) workshop on the Fundamentals of Packaging Technology.
Speaking at the opening of the training, the training which runs from 2nd to 6th March, 2020, at the University of Ghana Business School in Accra, Mr. Kofi Essuman, of the Institute of Packaging Ghana, indicated that there is no doubt that poor packaging is a major hindrance to the trade and export competitiveness of made in Ghana consumer goods.
He, however, noted that “As participants in this week-long programme and eventually packaging trainers, you are going to be at the forefront of this journey to change the poor shelf impact of Ghanaian products.”
”The main objective of this training is to build the capacity of a nucleus of Packaging Trainers who will, in turn, assist Small and Medium-scale Enterprises to improve the quality of their packaging. We are here today to witness the start of a journey towards improving the quality of made in Ghana goods through effective packaging,” Mr. Essuman emphasized.
Mr. Kofi Essuman, also explained that, this initial training will, therefore, be followed by a series of BUSAC Fund supported workshops for SMEs to raise their packaging know-how. Adding that, “Other activities to be implemented under the BUSAC Fund are the development of an online packaging training platform and a Ghana packaging directory to facilitate packaging development and sourcing.”
He, therefore, urged the participants to give the training all their attention and learn as much as they can to build their skill for the task ahead.
The workshop is being delivered through lectures by resource persons from the WPO and IOPG, factory visits to Royal Crown Packaging and K’asapreko Company Limited to learn modern trends in the packaging Industry.
The training is aimed to equip 25 participants from the packaging industry, training Institutions, regulatory bodies such as the Food and Drugs Authority and representatives of trade associations with the requisite knowledge and skills in effective packaging to deliver essential services to small and medium enterprises to enhance the quality of their products and improve their market competitiveness.
Participants of the workshop would also undertake group assignments that provide solutions to pressing packaging challenges in the country. The workshop also features a mini-exhibition of packaging products and services offered by Ghana’s packaging industry.
Present at the opening ceremony were, the representative of Mr. Nicholas Jorgensen Gebara, BUSAC Fund Manager, Mr. Kishan Singh, WPO Vice President, Dr. Frederick Vuvor, Head of the Department of Nutrition and Food Science UG, Dr. Nicole Sharon Affrifa, Lecturer, Department of Food Process Engineering, School of Engineering Sciences. University of Ghana, Legon, and many others.