Over 100 exhibitors from Ghana and the West African sub-region are expected to partake in the event holding between March 27 and April 1 at the Kumasi Cultural Centre.
Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Regional Chairman of AGI, Robert Kwakye Nketia, said the garment, pharmaceutical, artifact and agro-processing sub-sectors of the manufacturing industry would be the focus of the Fair.
The ultimate goal, he noted, is to expose the Ghanaian populace to locally produced goods and services.
The “Indutech 2013 Kumasi” has been launched under the theme “Improving Market Share of Made in Ghana Goods, the Challenges of Access to Markets in a Global Competitive Market”.
Event planning committee chair, William Awuku Ahiadormey, anticipates 30,000 visitors to troop to the fair grounds, from all parts of the country.
He noted Kumasi is endowed with its nodal position in Ghana Kumasi to serve as the country’s industrial hub.
“If we can help Kumasi to have a very vibrant industrial sector with a good market, we should be solving more of Ghana’s problems. The rural-urban drift that mainly ends up in Accra would have been reduced if we can develop more industries in Kumasi because it’s easier reaching Kumasi from any corner of this country,” stated Mr. Ahiadormey.
The AGI plans to institute a biannual industrial and technology fair to find markets for locally manufactured products.
Johnson Adasi, Director of Industry at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, noted that collaboration between industry and knowledge-based institutions are critical for global competitiveness.
According to him, the implementation of Ghana’s Industrial Policy calls for effective government, industry academia cooperation.
He entreated local entrepreneurs to take advantage of the Indutech to build partnerships that would propel Ghanaian manufacturers to expand for Ghana to be less import dependent.
Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh