The Trade Fair Company has laucned this year’s edition of the Ghana International Trade Fair in Accra last Wednesday.
The 24th edition of the event is slated for Tamale in the Northern Region from February 27th 2020 through to 8th March, 2020 at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium as estimated 600 exhibitors are expected to participate.
The move, according to the Company, has become essential in the sense that for Ghanaian businesses to compete favourably with their multinational counterparts in the business ecosystem, there is the need to adopt value addition initiatives to enable them achieve the needed innovation in their quest for global acceptance.
Launched on the theme: Value Addition, Trading Globally is expected to provide opportunity to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to network with local and international partners.
Embedded in the value addition agenda forms part the government’s industrialization drive which include enhancing domestic retail infrastructure, export development programme, development of SMEs, among others.
Instructively, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Business Development Ministry are already embarking on value addition initiatives to enable SMEs to position themselves in the area of product quality and economy of scale in order to better compete with international counterparts.
Dr. Agnes Adu further noted that her outfit is committed to provide the needed support including an insurance package and transport services, partnering with state owned State Insurance Company (SIC) and State Transport Company (STC) respectively in this regard.
“When we are up north, it is not just about going to Tamale. Its really about getting out there, get out of your stalls explore Tamale and tap into the potential in the north”, she stressed.
The decision to hold the trade fair in Tamale is deliberate, with the organizers hoping to expose consumer and business markets in the northern part of the country, and the exhibitors and participants in the event to each other.
Importantly, the north is regarded as Ghana’s bread basket because of its strong agricultural production capacity and the state’s commitment to exploiting this is evidenced by the recent upgrade in the capacity of Tamale airport to international status with the aim of using it to export perishable processes and raw agricultural products by air.