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May 12, 2011

Ghana holds trade exhibition in Mali

A statement issued by the Ghana Embassy in Bamako, Mali, says the Embassy in conjunction with the Association of Ghana Industries has held a nine-day Solo Trade Exhibition of made-in-Ghana products in Bamako.

According to the statement, the exhibition, which ran from April 29-May 7, was part of its trade promotion activities in Mali, which seeks to enhance the commercial activities between the two countries.

 The exhibition, which was formally opened by Mr. Donald Adabre, Ghana’s Ambassador to Mali, was well patronized by various captains of industry and traders from both Ghana and the host country.

 Mr. Adabre remarked that the Solo Trade Exhibition signified the beginning of efforts to build on the political foundation bequeathed by the founding fathers in the early 1960s, by way of the Ghana-Guinea-Mali Union.

 He pointed out that such exhibitions will propel the strategic relationship between the two countries to higher levels, for the direct benefit of their people.

 Mr. Adabre was also happy with Ghana being one of Mali’s most important trading partners, indicating that in 2009, the country placed 15th on the Malian overseas import table, out of the 132 countries recorded.

 Nana Owusu-Afari, the President of the Association of Ghana Industries, on his part told visitors that by the Solo Trade Exhibition, companies were being offered huge opportunities to explore and develop potential market in both Ghana and Mali.

 He therefore called on governments in the West African Sub-Region to provide the necessary support, by addressing the various challenges facing the private sector and also create a conducive environment for business’ to thrive and expand beyond national borders.

 Eighteen companies exhibited products such as electrical cables, beverages, beads, and handicrafts.

Source: ISD