Use Trade Fair to showcase Made-in-Ghana products— Dep. Trade Minister

TRADE FAIR PIXSThe 19th Ghana International Trade Exhibition Fair opened in Accra on Tuesday with a call on Ghanaians to patronise Made-in-Ghana products

The fair which ends on March 8 is expected to be patronised by both local and international operators and seeks to highlight the role exhibition plays in driving industry towards economic growth.

Over 500 exhibitors are expected to participate in the fair aimed at promoting trade and investment and anticipated to boost support for the government’s agenda of promoting made in Ghana products.

Services and products billed to be displayed at the fair include agriculture and food products, building and construction, industrial products, machinery, oil and gas, mining and banking, with items including clothing, furniture, electronics, sculpture, sanitary wares, cosmetics, jewels, toys, beads; majority of them made in Ghana.

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Murtala Mohammed, performing the opening ceremony said, the fair offered an opportunity for the government to add to the success made in the campaign to have Ghanaians patronise locally made products.

He said it was important that Ghanaians patronise locally made products in order to strengthen the local economy while creating jobs for economic growth.

He said the depreciation of the Ghana cedi was as a result of the excessive importation the country was involved in and reaffirmed government’s commitment to the campaign to have locally made products patronised.

To give true meaning to the campaign and free the Cedi from the pressure, government he said had taken steps to strengthen the local economy including the injection of over twenty million dollars into the pharmaceutical industry, an area which contributed enormously to the depreciation of the local currency.

He said it was time Ghanaians stopped blaming colonialism for the problems the country is faced with and focus on the how to address the present challenges, more than five decades after Ghana took control over the management of its resources.

He said financial emancipation could only be achieved if the citizenry patronised locally made products.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Trade Fair Company, Dr. Erasmus Okpoti Koney, in his address said the expected exhibitors for this year’s fair was affected due to the Ebola scourge which had ravaged three West African countries in the past one year.

Countries such as China, Turkey, Spain, Italy, India, Syria, Pakistan, are expected to participate.

He urged exhibitors to take full advantage of the fair since it offers them the platform to stay ahead of competition, learn the experience of other exhibitors and maintain good customer relations with the many patrons who would be expected at the fair.

By Julius Yao Petetsi & Joy Addae-Madzi    

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