The Netherlands continued to build upon its solid relations with Ghana to support Ghana’s economic prosperity objectives. The Dutch Aid to Trade policy is in line with the Ghana Beyond Aid Policy, which has the ambition to finance its own development and economic ties gradually replacing official development aid (ODA). The Netherlands and Ghana are working together productively on inclusive growth.
The Dutch policy focuses on promotion of trade and investment in countries where development cooperation will be scaled down. With regard to the priority themes, new financing and business models have been introduced to encourage better participation by the Dutch and Ghanaian private sector, knowledge institutions and NGOs. The Netherlands continued to support innovative and sustainable initiatives to help farmers improve production methods and increase their access to markets.
The Netherlands also created incentives for the Ghanaian and Dutch private sector to invest in clean drinking water, clean and safe sanitation and waste recycling. These efforts showed good results meeting targets and in some cases exceeding them. While working on a responsible and durable transition from aid to trade, the Netherlands in Ghana also visibly contributed to a number of Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. 6, 8, 12 and 16).