By: Evans Attah Akangla| ignewss| Ho
The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) in collaboration with the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) and Ghana Tourism Authority have launched this year’s Volta trade and Investment fair.
The fair which was officially launched in the Volta region is in partner with the Volta Development Forum.
The fair, which was launched on the theme “Leveraging the African continental Free Trade Area for Economic development” is the 6th edition and scheduled to start from November 26 to December 10 2023 at the Ho Sports Stadium.
According to the organizers, over 400 local exhibitors as well foreign companies from across the globe are expected in the 2023 event.
In addition, about 4, 000.00 visitors comprising investors, diplomats, students, contractors, professionals in the building industries, manufacturers are expected to boost and expose the potentials and opportunities from the Volta region to the world.
Addressing patrons during the launch, Mr. Dela Gadzanku, the chairman Association of Ghana Industries Eastern, Volta and Oti expressed his gratitude to the Regional Minister for demonstrating the robust collaboration and for his interest in trusting projects to the private sector partners.
He also acknowledged the Minister’s visionary leadership that recognizes the value of private sector involvement in driving initiatives that benefits the community and region as a whole.
Mr. Gadzanku shared that, the trade and Investment Fair has experienced remarkable growth in both scope and influence evolving into one of the region’s premier trade platforms which brings about diverse array of international, regional and domestic exhibitors.
He noted that, the opportunity provided by this event over the past few years have given exhibitors a unique platform to showcase their new product lines, access untapped markets, forge valuable business connections, unveiled innovative products, gain insight into emerging trends and engage in direct personnel interactions.
He outlined that, the fair will witness the 2nd world youth entrepreneurs summit, the women entrepreneurs summit and investment summit, sports heroes awards, a creative art -culture and tourism summits among others
Other activities includes an after innovation contest for youth across the continent, visit Volta tour, the Volta food festival and also Volta beer festival.
He said there will also be roundtable meeting on the economic automotive industry, the benefit for the Volta Region and the creation of an after village from exhibitors from African countries.
Being the 3rd edition under his regime, Hon. Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, the Volta regional minister, noted that, it is an opportunity to the region to showcase its strong investment potential to the rest of the world
He charged the citizen to invest in industrialization to enable the region to break away from poverty and also enhance and support the private sector growth..
The Regional Minister urged the region to take advantage of the environments that the government has created as he envisage the region becoming a production and a exporting region standing on the mission of the Regional Coordinating Council of creating productive local economy where citizens participate in growing the economy.
He further challenged businesses to consider adding value to their product to enable them meet the global demands and also urged the local exhibitors and producers to pay more attention to packaging and modelling for the sale of made in Ghana goods.
He said that there will be conferences and incubator platforms that will serve as links between small scale enterprises to season CEO who will help companies to properly plan and market their products and services to the global markets.
The according to the regional Minister, all the 18 Municipal and Districts in the region will participate in the event since the fair will be prominent to made-in-Volta products and prioritized ways in which the locally manufactured good can mingle with the international ones.
The launch was chaired by Togbe Dorglo Anumah VI the paramount chief and the president of Avenor Traditional Council.
Other traditional leaders including the regional house of chiefs and queen mothers from the Volta region as well as International diplomats including, H. E. Dr. Angela Lusigi, the UNDP resident representative, H. E. Eliphas M. Barine, Kenyan high commissioner to Ghana and Dr. Fareed Kwesi Arthur, the National Coordinator of the Ghana National (AfCFTA) Coordination Office were present at the event.