About 500 local and foreign exhibitors have expressed interest in taking part in the International Trade Fair to be hosted in the Northern Regional Capital, Tamale under the auspices of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) and Ghana Trade Fair Company.
The 20th edition, scheduled to take place between February 26 and Mach 7, 2016, is the first of its kind to be held in Tamale since the development of the Ghana Trade Fair concept two decades ago.
Exhibitors organizers reveal, will come from South Africa, Germany, Nigeria, Cape Verde and other countries across the globe who have identified various investment potentials in the Northern Region.
The fair according to the organizers, will be different from the usual Trade Fairs, where products and services are displayed. The Tamale International Trade Fair will witness displays of agricultural products and culture from various ethnic groups within the SADA ecological zone.
Over 25,000 visitors are expected to troop to Tamale from within the SADA Zone at the time to visit the various stands.
The Board Chairperson of the Ghana Trade fair Company, Mrs. Hannah B. Amoateng, who stated this at the official launch of the fair in Tamale, explained that the areas the fair will be focusing on will primarily be investment opportunities in the north.
Speaking on the theme: “Two Decades of International Trade Fair in Ghana, Exploring Business Opportunities in The SADA Zone of Ghana”, Mrs. Amoateng said the infrastructural development within the SADA Zone is very encouraging due to the low cost of doing business in the north.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SADA Mr. Charles Abugri said his outfit is counting on its partnership in the international fair to help in breaching the development gap between the north and the south.
“It is time for the SADA zone to utilize this unique opportunity that has come. I am delighted at the opportunity to host the fair”, he said
The SADA zone, according to the CEO, has unparalleled agricultural opportunities, describing it as the frontier for agricultural transformation of Ghana.
A member of SADA board from the Upper East Region, Naba Sigiri Bemong described the fair as historic and commended the Ghana Trade Fair Company for bringing the fair to Tamale.
Naba Sigiri however appealed to the business community from 26 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the Northern Region to take advantage of the fair to invest in the zone.