Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry in charge of trade, Robert Carlos Ahenkorah, has charged production companies to package their products well to meet and compete with international standards since Ghana has been recognized as one of the major drivers of industrialisation.
Mr. Ahenkorah explained that there was no way this country could have industrial projects without churning out products nor showcasing them to people to take them off.
“I have seen companies collapse due to the lack of exposing their products to the public, and these are some of the reasons countries like Dubai and China try so hard to host exhibitions and trade fairs,” he indicated.
He said, what Dubai and China are doing today is exactly what the Government of Ghana is doing to enhance the domestic trade environment, seeking to ensure that, products manufactured here in the country are consumed by Ghanaians, and to generate interest in goods that are manufactured in Ghana for Ghanaians. And they must accept that what is produced here is rightfully theirs.
The Deputy Minister was speaking at the launch of the 23rd edition of Trade fair 2019, which is scheduled to take off from the 28th of February, 2019, through to 11th of March 2019.
The fair which was aimed at promoting and projecting made in Ghana goods and services dubbed, “Made In Ghana Globally Accepted” was launched by the Ghana international trade fair company limited, in collaboration with the ministry of trade and industry and the rural enterprise program, on Wednesday 12th December, 2018, at the main auditorium of the Ghana Trade Fair Company Limited.
Mr. Carlos Ahenkorah, again emphasized that importation of goods from other countries gave them the advantages of creating jobs for their people who helped in the manufacturing.
Adding that, Government has taken a bold step to enhance domestic trading environment as one of its strategic concepts to push up made in Ghana goods. Therefore, packaging the goods properly to be accepted and meet international standard was imperative.
In her welcome Address, Dr. Agnes Adu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Trade Fair Company, noted that, their aim was to make the trade fair site the best trading hub in Ghana and beyond and as well as the preferred trading place for investment.
She explained that, over the past two decades trade fairs had created the enabling environment for multi-national companies to find their local producing partners. Thus they were envisioned to portray quality made in Ghana goods and change the perception that, made in Ghana goods were unpolished, substandard and not well packaged.
Dr. Agnes Adu revealed that, the last trade fair exhibition and Expo witnessed about 600 companies participating and they were optimistic that the 2019 fair will see over 700 companies including, institutions and manufacturing companies both locally and internationally.
Dr. Adu, however called on locally manufacturing industries to partner the Ghana international trade fair center to make the fair a successful one.