Find Printing and Publishing expertise in Ghana
Most printing and publishing businesses operate in the capital, Accra. Unimax Macmillan, part of the Macmillan global publishing group, has been at the forefront of educational publishing in Ghana since 1965. Leading international education publisher Cambridge University Press operates via a representative, Damas Educational Services Ltd. Smartline Publishing Limited also specialises in educational publishing and distributes educational and general books in Ghana. The Ghana Publishing Corporation prints and publishes for the public sector.
According to the Global Competitiveness Report 2012–13, Ghana is listed as 93 out of 144 countries for its intellectual property protection, and has a score of 3.1. In comparison, nearby countries such as Nigeria are ranked 110 out of 144 and have a score of 2.9, and Chad is placed 138 out of 144 with a score of 2.1.
English is the country’s official language although there are more than 52 native tongues and dialects. The English spoken in Ghana is a distinctive West African dialect. Other native languages include Akan and Ewe, which are spoken by 12.7% of Ghanaians. Many Ghanaians speak two or three languages in addition to English. The national literacy rate is 74.8% with the National Population and Housing Census stating that ‘43.4% of those who are three years old or more have never been to school and 49.9% of the adult population of 15 years or more are totally illiterate’ (2001). Ghana has a multitude of universities including The University of Ghana which attracts international students, particularly from the USA. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology is also ranked high in the country and is known for its excellent reputation for teaching in science and technology.
Ghana hosted its 11th International Book Fair in September 2012 with intent of showcasing the book as a cultural tool for providing opportunities for all book industry practitioners and other related sectors to network and trade. Ghana Book Publishers Association (GBPA) is the professional association of publishers in Ghana.
Ghana’s commercial printing industry has recently been provided with a new inkjet Computer-to-Plate system which puts the country in a position to compete with the global market in printing quality and technology. The new equipment has been introduced by New Image Transfer Technology (NITT) and is the first time technology like the CPT system has been introduced in the continent (2010). Ghana Publishing Company Limited is one of the main printing presses in the country which uses modern machinery and the latest publishing programmes to upkeep their reputation as the ‘nation’s number one printing company’.