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Ghana storms 2013 Lagos Trade Fair

04 November 2013, 14:31

Lagos - About 52 Ghanaian companies are exhibiting products at the ongoing 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair in Lagos.

The fair is holding from November 2 to November 10.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Ghanaian exhibitors came with well packaged products, especially cosmetics and toiletries.

Other products at Ghanaian stands ranged from canned fish, handicraft, herbal products, decoration items, ceramic pots, garments, processed and raw Shea butter to dried fruits.

Erasmus Ashun, Deputy Director, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, said that the team also came with processed mango juice and garri.

According to him, the theme of Ghana’s participation at the 2013 Lagos Fair is “Harnessing Ghana–Nigeria Trade for an Inclusive West African Development.”

“Our presence at the 2013 Lagos Fair is to further deepen relationship already existing between Ghana and Nigeria.

“It will also afford us the opportunity to continue to reduce the trade imbalance between the two countries.

“Ghana imports oil and other commodities from Nigeria. The idea is to increase export of Made-In-Ghana goods to Nigeria,” he said.

Ashun said that the Authority trained and advised manufacturers on packaging of their products and other ways to add value to products.

According to him, the Ghanaian soaps and creams on display are made with Shear butter and fragrance.

He said that through the authority, which is an export development and agriculture investment agency, was established to assist Ghanaian exporters to improve on their businesses.

Ashun said that loans from the authority attracted 12 per cent interest rate against the prevailing market rate of 30 to 35 per cent.

He said that Ghana was determined to partner other countries in the sub-region to improve trade relationship in the ECOWAS region.

 Ashun said that Ghanaian exhibitors at the fair were enjoying impressive outing in terms of sales, attendance at their stands and contacts with potential investors.

-  NAN


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