On Wednesday 19th February 2020 the organisers and partners behind the inaugural West African Industrial Trade Exhibition (WAITEX) had a press launch, marking two months until the event opens it’s doors.
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. 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. With over 50 exhibitors already booked and over 80 expected, this coupled the with 2000 anticipated visitors 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. These include the manufacturing sector, mining sector and packaging sector. The manufacturing sector is on of Ghana’s key Industrial Transformation Agenda’s including the popular one district one factory (1D1F) among others and this 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 because of the quality. 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. This has been brought to the fore in the recent reopening of one of the countries flagship mines of AngloGold Ashanti, with the President of Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo making the first gold pour.
With all these elements 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.
The organiser, George Pearson, Regional Director for Afrocet Montgomery said ‘I’m delighted to be here today and we feel there’s 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.”
Victoria Akosua Cobbah, Principal Investment Promotion Office from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre was seated at the top table to show the GIPC’s endorsement for the event. “Given our background we excited to be partnership with the Montgomery Group for what promises to be a launch pad for the industries and 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”
Also joining the top table was Dominic Oro-Antwi, President at the Ghana Indian Trade Association Chamber “I’m equally delighted to be invited down to attend this press briefing for an event we are looking forward to and we have been speaking regularly to the organisers to help in any way to aid in the success. We feel the opportunities in Ghana are continuing to grow and know an industrial event such as Waitex is the perfect platform for this”
The press conference finished with a call companies interested to attend as exhibitors, sponsors or visitors to reach out and take advantage of what promises to be a fantastic event for Ghana.