Skip to main content

ECOWAS Trade Fair opens

The 7th Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Trade Fair on the theme “Regional Integration through Trade” has been opened in Accra on Thursday.
 Twelve out of 15 member states are participating in the 12-day fair at the Ghana Trade Fair Centre to show case their goods and services.
 Dr Toga McinTosh, Vice President of ECOWAS Commission commended Ghana for hosting the fair which was first held in Dakar, Senegal in 1995.
 He said it was imperative that member states showed commitment in strengthening their unity as no single country could alone extend its operational space and enlarged products.
“There should be the will-power from both public and private institutions from the region to harmonise national and regional policies for the promotion of trade”, he said.
 He called on member states to ensure the availability of good roads, energy, warehouse, human and other economic resources to promote trade, adding that, the sub region was blessed with natural resources and it must be harnessed for the benefit of the people.
 Dr McinTosh said this year’s fair went beyond the traditional one of just buying and selling as there were experts from the various field of trade to share information with participants.
Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister of Trade and Industry urged participants to use the fair to showcase their goods and services and create new relationship through networking.
He called on African leaders to emulate the European Union by strengthening their ties and adopting a common currency market as well as promoting inter and intra trade.
He also urged member states to improve the quality and standard of their goods in order to increase export.
Mr Iddrisu called on members of the public to patronise the fair and make it successful.
In a speech read on his behalf, Vice President Kwesi Amissah Arthur said, government was happy to host the fair, and that, it was important that member states strengthened their ties through trade in order to reduce inflation, poverty and improved standard of living of their people.
He also called for the removal of artificial bottlenecks that hindered trade among member states to promote integration.
Mr Arthur expressed the hope that the fair would be used to revamp businesses and promote competition.



Popular posts from this blog

Deputy AG sues Facebooker over 'malicious' Ameri deal

The Deputy Attorney-General and Member of Parliament for Bolgatanga East, Mr Dominic Ayine has filed a defamation suit at an Accra High Court against a Facebook commentator, Evron Hughes.
In Mr Ayine’s statement of claim, sighted by Graphic Online, he accused Mr Hughes of defaming him in a post he authored and published on Facebook on December 21, 2015, titled “RE: AMERI TRANSACTION”.
According to the Deputy A-G, the “false and malicious” post has provoked “public disaffection” against him and exposed him to public ridicule and contempt.
Describing Mr Hughes as a “self-styled social media blogger and a social commentator”, Mr Ayine said the Facebook post had brought his hard-won reputation “as a respected politician, teacher and lawyer” into “hatred, ridicule, odium, discredit, contempt, opprobrium and reproach”.
The Deputy A-G said the “defamatory words” were authored with the sole intent to reduce him in the estimation of all right thinking Ghanaians, adding that he had received numerou…

Meet Ghanaian female shoemaker

The Saint Ozwald shoe brand

By: Fred Yaw SARPONG
The Daily Express

From her humble beginning in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo region, a senior high female graduate from the Twene Amanfo Senior high in the Brong Ahafo Sunyani and a Ghanaian now boasts of being one of the most popular Made-in-Ghana shoe brands and has the most number of celebrity endorsements.
Sandra Ozwald, CEO of Saint Ozwald

After Sandrah Ozwald completed school in 2013, her parent couldn't have enough money to help her continue school so she planned to do something for herself by selling ice cream, groundnut cakes or food. Back at the senior high, Sandra used to make groundnut cakes, condensed toffees and ice cream to support herself since her mother couldn't provide all for her.

With 12 siblings and the only girl child (2nd born) among them, and whiles planning which of these to sell, Sandra attended a friend’s wedding and the grooms shoe looked so attractive to her.

According to her, the groom’s shoes were Ma…