The Ghana International Trade Fair climaxed on March 7, with an estimated one million in general attendance and patronage.
‘’Saturday, March 3, 2018 marked the first part of our largest patronage where we experienced a massive grand sale of products and business networking opportunities.’’ Mr Oscar Baffour, Marketing Manager of the Ghana Trade Fair Company said during the closing ceremony.
He disclosed the fair hosted about 20 foreign exhibitors, which for the first time included an exhibitor from Madagascar.
‘’We can count Nigeria, Morocco and South Africa as the pavilions that witnessed a large patronage this year.’’
The fair, which run from February 28 to March 7, 2018 proceeded with a conference on legal timber from the forestry commission of Ghana.
This followed a northern regional exposure to business project potentials in the Northern Region.
An art gallery, which was held between exhibitors saw various display of arts and culture from Ghanaians, West Africans and International participants.
More importantly, a One-District-One Factory seminar was held on March 2 to meet, deliberate and collaborate with the various stakeholders from the banking sector towards government’s industrialization agenda.
Monday, March 5 witnessed the Cocoa Day which was an information gathering activity that expanded on the possibilities of cocoa as a natural resource and the ways to explore local and international business opportunities through cocoa.
Independence Day, March 6 witnessed the ‘’Ntoma Dinner Dance’’, graced by First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo.
‘’We received yet again another massive patronage and attendance on the Independence Day which overwhelmed us greatly,’’ Oscar Baffour noted.
The CEO of the Ghana Trade Fair Company, Dr. Agnes Adu during the closing ceremony said she was elated at the attendance, activities and patronage of the fair.
‘’I’m so grateful to be a part of this historic fair and I would like to thank my management, staff and the media for making this 22nd edition a befitting one.’’
Dr. Adu said her outfit will, in the coming months, host industry specific exhibitions centred on various sectors of the economy.
‘’Our goal is to make the Ghana Trade Fair centre the trade hub in West Africa and the preferred trading destination for our global partners,’’ she concluded.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah