The CEO of the Ghana Trade Fair Company (GTFC), Dr Agnes Adu has reiterated that the launch of the 22nd edition of the Ghana International Trade Fair will rejuvenate patronage of ‘Made in Ghana’ goods in a bid to enrich the economy.
She noted that patronage of locally manufactured Ghanaian goods have lost its relevance on both the domestic and international markets.
Dr Agnes Adu, in an interview with Goldstreet Business, said the aim of the fair is to promote industry specific growth especially for small and medium enterprises (SME’s).
“Fundamentally, we are focusing on our own industry here in Ghana and our ‘’Made in Ghana’’ goods and products are of supreme importance to us,” she stated.
The theme for the event, ‘Industrializing Ghana, Creating Jobs’ is part of measures by the company to ignite the spirit of industrialization to the youth.
Dr. Adu said the fair will host 500 to 600 Ghanaian exhibitors registered for the one week event with the remaining exhibitors from West African and International countries.
In promoting the local industry, Dr Adu revealed that in the coming months her outfit will host industry specific exhibitions centred on the construction, oil, and agricultural sectors, amongst others.
‘’In the coming months, there will be a themed fair in addition to the international trade fair every year,’’ she stated.
Adu noted plans towards the revamping of the centre are well advanced and set to be implemented towards the end of 2019.
‘’We don’t intend on still dealing with broken down structures that are not useful, so towards 2019, we hope to transform the Centre into an ultra-modern site that will ultimately rival some neighbouring and global exhibitions centres.’’
The CEO added the inclusion and development of renewable energy equipment to provide power supply at the Centre.
‘’We are going to have a proper conventional centre and we are making it a mixed-use, well planned green energy building that can sustain itself.’’
Dr Adu asserted that the government needs to further develop on its industrialization agenda by promoting local industries that will, in the long run, create jobs and increase revenue addition.
By Mawuli Y. Ahorlumegah