Contractors And Builders From Around The World Converge At The 6th Ghana Build Expo 2018 in Accra

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The 6th Edition of the Ghana Build Expo designed to exclusively champion the development needs of the built environment in Ghana is underway at the Accra International Trade Fair Center.

This annual expo is an international trade exhibition for building materials and construction machinery and seeks to bring together professionals in the construction and building industry in Ghana and around the world with zeroed focus on Turkey to engage and partner diverse and various companies and individuals in delivering state of the art architecture and estate development best practices.

The Ghana Build Expo 2018 organized by Esty Shipping Company Limited, will see over 5,000 visitors and over 50 exhibitors from the manufacturing companies of building materials, heavy duty machines, mining and construction equipment, general contractors, associations in the built industry, high powered government delegations, media houses, diplomats.

Others are investors, distributors of construction wares, captains in the construction industry and the general public from countries such as Turkey, United Kingdom, South Africa, China, Portugal, Egypt, Greece and Ghana.

The 6th Ghana Build Expo is an initiative of Point Expo, a United Kingdom based firm in partnership with Bosphorus Expo based in Turkey and in collaboration with the Turkish Embassy in Ghana under the auspices of Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Partnering the above mentioned organizations to put together this year’s Ghana Build Expo is the Ministry of Works and Housing as well as the Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry with support from the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry.

The Chief Executive Officer of Esty Shipping Company Limited, Madam Esther Laryea addressing guests at the inaugural ceremony of the 6th Ghana Build Expo noted that, the motive behind this fair is centered on developing partnership and interaction between the public and private sector in implementing good policies and initiatives to benefit the good people of Ghana.

“The three day packed event will also see a match-making session for new construction methods, innovations and technologies for adaptation, using foreign expertise but local content and many more”. She added.

Madam Esther Laryea who doubles as the West Africa Coordinator for Point Expo outlined that, the 6th Ghana Build Expo will  feature three days of trade exhibition, business to business engagements, business to government meetings, government to government deliberations and an industrial seminar to provide a wonderful platform for the participants to come together, interact, exchange business relations and build stronger collaborations.

In an address by the Special guest at the august ceremony, theDeputy Minister of Trade and Industry Hon. Robert Ahomka Lindsay, said that it is the vision of the President of Ghana his Excellency President Nana Akufo Addo to move Ghana beyond aid through a series of well co-ordinated activities at the core of which industrial transformation of the economy is criticial.

He maintained that the country must be an exporter of finished products not an importer of raw materials and finished goods.

In implementing the “One District One Factory”, Hon. Ahomka Linsday stated that the Ministry of Trade and Industry championed by the able leadership of Hon. Alan Kyeremanteng will execute a number of policies particularly on industrialization to see the 265 districts have in place a factory through a private sector and government engagements.

“If we are able to marry international technology which may be outside Ghana and the entrepreneurial spirits of our Ghanaian businesses, then that gives us the opportunity to achieve our aspirations to move Ghana beyond aid”.

He urged all investors and stakeholders in the country who have come from their various firms and business communities to grab this opportunity and make use of this expo to improve the economy. Hon. Lindsay wish all exhibitors the very best of commercial luck and admonished the foreigners to use this chance afforded them to experience the rich culture of Ghana.

Professor Emmanuel Martey, Chairman of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry chairing the launch of the 6th Ghana Build Expo indicated that the real estate sector is a key area to focus on if moving Ghana beyond aid is to be achieved.

He opined that the central importance of this area to economic growth and well-being is very crucial as it stimulates growth directly and indirectly.

Prof. Martey urged stakeholders to be guided by more sustainable and futuristic deliberations to ensure success.

“As we offer solutions aimed at dealing with the developmental challenges, we should not be short sighted; we cannot afford to think short term and that our technical skills must not hang on short term adhoc decisions.”

He added however, that his office is however ready to provide professional directions and input to foster industrial growth.

Professor Martey further mentioned that, the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry is positioned to take leadership role in the construction sector and commended the government of Ghana for coming up with the revised building code which contains sets of minimum standards and regulations designed to protect the public regarding structural efficiency, fire hazards and all aspects of building.

He congratulated the organizers for putting together this brilliant and industrious feat and hoped that all expected goals will be achieved as this platform provides the way for networking and negotiations to propel the building and construction sector.

Honorable Ahomka Lindsay accompanied by the Chairman of the Ghana Chamber of Construction Industry Professor Emmanuel Martey and other distinguished executives from Turkey took a tour at the Exhibitions stands to engage exhibitors, establish business relations and exchange contacts.

The expo is from the 19th of November to the 21st of November 2018.

By Constantine Sowah/Banboonline/Ghana