Ghanaian flags in  Accra, Ghana

Regional engagement Political heavyweight

Ghana is a country that embraces the idea of pan-Africanism, engaging in efforts to strengthen regional and supra-regional cooperation between African nations.

Thanks to its positive democratic and economic development, this relatively small country packs a powerful political punch. It is one of the most active of all the member states of the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

Within ECOWAS, Ghana has lobbied intensively for the signing of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union. This Agreement will give Ghana and the region better access to the European single market. The West African countries are hoping that this will lead to more dynamic growth and new jobs in their region. The European Union signed the Agreement in December 2014. Until all ECOWAS member states have signed, an interim EPA regulates trade between Ghana and the EU.