WAITEX launched in Accra


The 2020 organisers and partners behind the Inaugural West African Industrial Trade Exhibition (WAITEX) has been launched.

As a forum for trading, business networking, learning and product sourcing, WAITEX will be taking place in Ghana from 21-23 April 2020 at the Fantasy Dome in the Trade Fair Grounds in Accra, aimed to boost the manufacturing, mining and packaging sectors in Ghana.

WAITEX has been designed to support companies and individuals involved in mining, light and heavy industry, automation, packaging and occupational health and safety sectors, by creating an environment where business partnerships can develop and trade exchanges can take place.

Dubbed, “Supporting Ghana’s Fourth Industrial Revolution”, the event comes with over 50 exhibitors already booked and over 80 expected, coupled with 2000 anticipated visitors, and it promises one not to be missed. The event is important for Ghana’s economy because it focuses on the key parts of the economic growth plans as laid out by the government.

The organiser, George Pearson, who is the West Africa Regional Director for Afrocet Montgomery Group said, the exhibition seeks to create an environment where indigenous businesses foster partnerships that promote trade exchange.

According to Mr. George at the press launch, on Wednesday, 19th February, 2020, in Accra, the event is important for Ghana and in sync with the plans government, including the manufacturing, mining, and packaging sectors of the economy.

Saying, “The manufacturing sector is one of Ghana’s key Industrial Transformation Agenda including the popular one district, one factory (1D1F) among others and this is backed by the average annual growth of exceeding 10 percent for the three years in the industrial sector.”

“The packaging sector is also very important because of the challenge of poor packing quality often on offer making finished good unattractive and extremely difficult export because of the quality. Ghana’s mining sector has been a vital export industry is now bouncing back after a few years of difficulty.

This has been brought to the fore in the recent reopening of Ghana’s flagship mines; AngloGold Ashanti, with President Akufo-Addo making the first pour. With the element in place, the timing is right for an event to provide the networking platform for all the industry stakeholders to congregate annually and this is why WAITEX has been launched,” George Pearson, added.

A Principal Investment Promotion Officer at the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Victoria Akosua Cobbah, commended the organisers of the event, for selecting Ghana as the destination for the exhibition.

She said, “Given our background, we are excited to be in partnership with the Montgomery Group for what promises to be a launch pad for the industries and it’s a testimony that Ghana is the go-to destination for high performing investments on the continent. We are looking forward to this being the first of many such events in Ghana.”

Dominic Oduro-Antwi, President of the Ghana Indian Trade Association
Chamber, said, “We feel the opportunities in Ghana are continuing to grow and we know an industrial event such as Waitex is the perfect platform for this.”

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