By: Jerry Akornor/

West African Regional Director of Afrocet Montgomery and Organiser of West African Industrial Exhibition 2020 (WAITEX 2020) George Pearson has urged players within the mining, manufacturing and packaging sector to take advantage of WAITEX 2020 to scale up the growth of their businesses and the economy in line with intercontinental Free Trade Area.

According to the West African Regional Director of Afrocent Montgomery George Pearson, WAITEX 2020 which is the biggest forum for trading, business networking, learning and products sourcing, will be taking place in Ghana from 21-23 April 2020 at the Fantasy Dome in the Trade Fair Grounds in Accra.

WAITEX 2020 has been crafted to support companies and individuals involved in mining light and heavy industry, automation, packaging, 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, over 80 expected with 2000 visitors anticipated, WAITEX promises to be the pacesetter of strong ties between business moguls across the globe ahead of AFCFTA’s take-off later June 2020.

West African Regional Director of Afrocet George Pearson has been at the forefront of business operations in Africa and urging investors to scale up investment in Ghana ahead of African Continental Free Trade Agreement take-off.

 The WAITEX 2020 is crucial for Ghana’s economic backbone due to its focuses on the key sectors of economic growth already fashioned out by the government. In this regard, the potential sectors of economic transformation the event seeks to focus on include manufacturing sector, mining sector and packaging sector. The manufacturing sector is part of Government of Ghana’s key sector for Industrial Transformation Agenda’s such as government’s flagship programme : One District One Factory (1D1F) backed by the average annual growth exceeding 10% for the past three years.

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 is hoped that it will prove as 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 WAITEX 2020 to provide the networking platform for all the industry players, stakeholders to congregate annually and this is the very reason  Waitex has been launched.

Speaking to Africa Nakua’s Jerry Akornor after WAITEX 2020 press launch in Accra, 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”.

Contributing to the debate, Principal Investment Promotion Office at the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre Victoria Akosua Cobbah said:

 “Given our background we are excited to be in partnership with the Afrocet 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”

Meanwhile, President of  Ghana Indian Trade Advisory Chamber said, “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 the perfect platform for this”.

The press conference ended with a call on 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.

Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery

With a proud heritage spanning 50 years, Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery is at the forefront of its industry. It is the largest trade show organiser in Southern Africa and offers a vast portfolio of world-class shows across a broad spectrum of industries. Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery is owned by the prestigious Montgomery Group, one of the most widely respected exhibition companies in the world with trade shows, consumer shows and specialist projects in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Specialised Exhibition Montgomery is also a member of the Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO).

Afrocet Montgomery

With a combined 145 years of experience, Afrocet Montgomery is a partnership that specialises in running high-end exhibitions and events in West Africa. Afrocet has always focused on events in West Africa, while Montgomery stage some of the most prestigious and award-winning exhibitions globally. The combined extensive knowledge and experience of the African market has enabled Afrocet Montgomery to develop a strong portfolio of shows and made it the largest exhibition organiser on the African Continent.

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