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Inaugural West African industrial trade exhibition set for April

The inaugural West African Industrial Trade Exhibition (WAITEX) is set to take place at the Fantasy Dome of the Ghana Trade Fair in April.

The event, which is a forum for trading, business networking, learning, and product sourcing, has been designed to support companies and individuals involved in mining, light and heavy industry.

It also offers opportunities for automation, packaging and occupational health and safety sectors by creating an environment where business partnerships can develop and trade exchanges can take place.

With over 50 exhibitors already booked and over 80 expected and coupled with the 2,000 anticipated visitors, the fair promises great opportunities.

It is important for Ghana’s economy because it focuses on the key parts of the economic growth plans as laid out by the government that include the manufacturing sector, mining sector and packaging sector.

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

The packaging sector is also very important because of the challenge of poor packaging quality often on offer making finished goods unattractive and extremely difficult to export.

With companies from around the world coming to showcase their leading technology solutions in this sector it’s hoped it will prove a catalyst and benchmark the industry to what is possible.

The mining sector has been a vital export industry for Ghana for a long time and this industry is now bouncing back after a couple of years of difficulty.

With all these elements in place, the timing is therefore right for an event to provide the networking platform for all the industry stakeholders to congregate annually and this is why Waitex was been launched.

Regional Director for Afrocet Montgomery, organizers of the event, George Pearson, expressed delight at the launch.

“I’m delighted to be here today and we feel there is excitement in the air for what the event can bring.”

“I’m also very happy to be in the company of two leading local industry associations and we’re very pleased to have them onboard,” he said.

Victoria Akosua Cobbah, Principal Investment Promotion Officer from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre who attended the launch to show the GIPC’s endorsement for the event said, “Given our background we excited to be in partnership with the Montgomery Group for what promises to be a launch pad for the industries.

“It’s testimony that Ghana is the go-to destination for high performing investments on the continent. We are looking forward to his being the first of many such events in Ghana.”

President at the Ghana Indian Trade Association Chamber, Dominic Oro-Antwi, who honored the launch, noted that opportunities in Ghana are continuing to grow and an industrial event such as Waitex is the perfect platform for a take-off.

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