The 3rd edition of a Chinese trade show in Ghana, dubbed “China Trade Week (CTW)” has been launched in Accra
The CTW which is slated to take place from June 19 – 21, 2019 will be held at the Accra International Conference Centre.
The CTW is jointly organised by Dubai and China-based MIE Events, and its local Ghanaian exhibition company, Geovision Services.
Addressing the media at the launch, the Managing Director of MIE Events, Mr. David Wang, said “Over the past two years CTW in Ghana has exceeded our expectations in terms of 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 said.
He hinted this year’s exhibition will showcase more variety and high-end Chinese manufacturers looking to develop long term relations with local buyers.
The companies, Mr. Wang noted will cover various industry sectors such as Chemicals, Food & Beverage, Construction Materials, Outdoor Goods, Daily Necessities, Furniture, Home Electricals & Electronics, Clothing & Textiles, Television & Satellite, Baby Products and Personal Care amongst others.
The event according to the organisers was successful in Kenya, the United Arab Emirates, and since the flagship Ghana event last two years ago, Ethiopia, South Africa and Morocco have been introduced to the CTW portfolio.
As a business event, the Managing Director of MIE Events said CTW Ghana sought more to engage the professional buyers in retail, wholesale, distribution and import/export, as well as entrepreneurs who have been considering starting trade relations with China.
‘’For visitors who have not had any experience working with China before and don’t know where to start, a conference has been developed over the three days to give visitors background information about China and how to effectively trade with China. At our previous event, we saw three former Ambassadors to China sharing their experiences plus business owners who already have successful business relationships with Chinese. The calibre of speakers for the 2019 seminars and conference will be more in-depth and rewarding,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investments Promotion Centre (GIPC) Mr. Yoofi Grant announced that his outfit is seeking to use the China Trade Week to attract more investments to Ghana.
The event is expected to bring about a hundred investors and six thousand visitors to explore business opportunities between China and Ghana.
China is currently one of Ghana’s largest trading partners. According to statistics, Ghana’s export to China surpassed $1.85 billion in 2018 whereas China-Ghana bilateral exchange reached $6.67 billion in 2017 spanning across various sectors.
Mr. Yoofi Grant was optimistic the Trade Week will open the doors for more investments and expansion.
“I think an exhibition of such a nature will benefit us because I think we can learn and find the partnerships to help us manufacture for exports. We will eventually like the Chinese to come and manufacture here and also export to other countries as we establish Ghana as a hub,” he said.
The third edition of the trade show will explore opportunities in various sectors including manufacturing and construction, clothing and textiles, printing materials and packaging, Service Equipment, Foods, Home electrical and electronic products and many more.
On his part the International Director for the MIE Group, Zahoor Ahmed, said his outfit have identified the occasion as a great opportunity for business folks both in Ghana and neighbouring countries. He noted that Ghana’s friendly business environment was a huge motivation for Chinese investors.
According to him, “the Chinese investors have found out that the ease of doing business in Ghana is more favourable than in other African countries and that’s why we see a phenomenal growth of Chinese businesses coming to Ghana.”
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH
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