The Deputy Minister of Trade And Industry in charge of trade who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Tema west led Ghana’s delegation to participate in the ongoing 88th Izmir International Fair and Business Day in Izmir Turkey.
The Izmir international fair and business day is organized every year for the past 88 years. The program gives an opportunity for invited countries to take advantage of an international trade platform created. This year has the people’s republic of china as a partner country.
As part of the program, the Ghanaian delegation led by Hon Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah called on the Izmir Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Industry and the Exporters Association of Turkey. The purpose of the call was to deepen the trade relationship that already exist between Ghana and these international trade bodies and call for a more collaborative working relationship to expand trade for mutual benefit.
Mr. Ahenkorah took the opportunity to announce to these bodies the achievements being chalked by the Nana Addo led government in the area of trade and industry. He mentioned among many others the Tema Harbor expansion project which is almost completed, the tax and other attractive incentives such as the import wavers for the 1D1F flagship program and mentioned the recently launched Automotive Policy which he asked them to take advantage of. He on the other hand reminded of his appeal for them to also establish textile manufacturing industries in Ghana so that they can take advantage of the AGOA.
The three industry bodies on their part called for a working trade agreement to be signed by the two countries in order to boost trade volumes and also remove other trade barriers. They however promised to put this suggestion to the Minister of trade in turkey. The group also called on Hon. Carlos to work out a sectorial industrial tour and B2B for them so that they can come to Ghana to meet potential partners.
The delegation led by Hon Ahenkorah was made up of working staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Business Development.