Policy forum in Ghana examined the role of SEZs in industrialization

The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) at the University of Ghana, partner institution in the SEZ project, hosted a policy forum on 7 June 2024 in Accra, Ghana. The forum served as platform to discuss strategies to boost value addition and industrialization and the leveraging of SEZs for development in Ghana and Africa in general.

The event was chaired by Dr. Humphrey Ayim-Darke, President of the Ghana Association of Industries (AGI). Special guests were Ambassador Mike Ocquaye Jnr, CEO of the Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA) and Dr. John Hawkins-Asiedu, Technical Advisor on SEZs at the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI). The event brought together over 100 representatives from industry, government agencies and academia.

On behalf of the SEZ project, Prof. Robert Darko Osei from the University of Ghana and Prof. Holger Görg from the Kiel Institute presented the project and emphasized the long-standing cooperation between ISSER, the University of Ghana and the Kiel Institute. Prof. Charles Godfred Ackah from ISSER and Alina Mulyukova from the Kiel Institute presented their research on the impact of SEZs on economic well-being in Ghana and other African countries.

The forum concluded with a panel discussion, providing participants with opportunities to enrich the conversation with their insights and engage directly with the researchers.

A report by ISSER with a link to a recording of the event can be accessed here.


  • Charles Godfred Ackah
  • Holger Görg - Kiel Institute
    Holger Görg
  • Alina Mulyukova
    Alina Mulyukova
  • Robert Darko Osei