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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Yofi Grant has urged Ghanaian entrepreneurs and businesses to take advantage of the upcoming edition of the China Trade Week Ghana (CTW) to link various Chinese exhibitors looking for trade opportunities in Ghana in order to expand their businesses.
According to him, given that China is currently Ghana’s largest trading partner and also the biggest investor in the number of investments on the globe, an exhibition such as the CTW is very important for Ghanaian businesses to learn on the spot and find partners they can use to manufacture and create trade links.
At a press conference yesterday to launch the CTW, Mr Grant reiterated that his outfit was determined to ensure that businesses, start-ups and the youth take advantage of the opportunities in the sector.
Ghana will host the third consecutive edition of the annual CTW Ghana tradeshow from June 19 – 21, 2019 at the Accra International Conference Centre, for which about 700 companies are expected to participate.
This year’s exhibition will showcase more variety and high-end Chinese manufacturers looking to develop long-term relations with local buyers.
The companies will cover various industry sectors such as chemicals; food & beverage; construction materials; outdoor goods, daily necessities, furniture, home electricals and electronics; clothing and textiles; television and satellite; baby products and personal care.
China Trade Week is organised by MIE events, an international exhibition company, with local partners Geovision Services, who are thrilled to be bringing back the comprehensive China-focused event to the West Africa region.
The event has already had success in Kenya, Ethiopia, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, and Morocco.
The organisers say the show has expanded in the past two years, hence more exhibition space has been added to accommodate new exhibitors in 2019.
MIE Events Managing Director, Mr David Wang noted that, “Over the past two years, China Trade Week in Ghana has exceeded our expectations in terms of the number of visitors to the tradeshow, the quality of the speakers in our trade seminars and the interest in the conference, a new addition to be added during the 2019 event.
“This year, we are bringing more exhibitors and extending the event and maintaining the three days to allow for more patronage for the general public, and so we hope the local business community will be eager to come again and see what’s new,” he added.
According to Mr Wang, CTW Ghana seeks more to engage the professional buyers in retail, wholesale, distribution and import/export, as well as entrepreneurs who have been considering to start trade relations with China.
Speaking at the press conference, International Events Director at MIE Groups, Zahoor Ahmed, indicated that “following the successful Belt and Road forum in Beijing, where heads of governments from across the globe agreed to lift the New Silk Road to the next level by promoting shared growth and collaboration among the 120 countries which support the Belt and Road initiative, CTW Ghana is the logical step to expand trade relations between China and West Africa”.
This year, he said, organisers are bringing more exhibitors and extending the event and maintaining the three days to allow for more patronage for the general public, and was hopeful the local business community will be eager to come again and see what is new.
The press launch was attended by dignitaries of the Ghanaian government and industry bodies.
Source: John Elliot HAGAN || The Finder, Accra