Obuasi, Ghana – The 6th edition of the Obuasi Trade Show, a pivotal event for the economic and social development of Obuasi, was launched with a promise of growth, sustainability, and diversification of the local economy. This year’s theme, “Harnessing our Creative Potential to Diversify the Local Economy of Obuasi,” echoes a commitment to leveraging local talents and resources for economic growth.
A History of Progress and Success
The Obuasi Trade Show has been a cornerstone in shaping Obuasi into a vibrant business hub. In its previous editions, the event has drawn various businesses, officials, creatives, and entrepreneurs, creating a one-stop platform for growth and collaboration. The 2021 show, for instance, focused on diversifying the local economy through trade promotion and showcased the potential of manufacturers and artisans in the region.
Impact on Local Businesses
The Trade Show has significantly impacted local entrepreneurs and businesses. Isaac Mensah, a local fish and honey seller, attested that the event helped expand his business reach beyond Obuasi. Similarly, Madam Belinda Afede highlighted the benefits of business training and promotions she received through the Trade Show. These stories underscore the event’s role in fostering business growth and networking.
A Vision Beyond Commerce
Jonas Moris Woode, the Akrofuom District Chief Executive, emphasized that the Trade Show aims to sustain the Obuasi community beyond the mining industry’s lifecycle. This vision is shared by Edmund Oduro Agyei, Head of Stakeholder Engagement and Land Management at AGA Obuasi Mine, who spoke about AngloGold Ashanti’s commitment to innovation and sustainable development, vital for the region’s long-term prosperity.
Encouraging Creative and Diverse Economies
The event serves as a hub for collaboration, creativity, and knowledge exchange. It’s not just a platform for businesses to display products but also a melting pot of ideas and partnerships. Over the past years, the Trade Show has facilitated the expansion of 183 businesses, the establishment of 57 new ventures, and improved sales for 322 businesses. It is a testament to the trade show’s efficacy in creating market opportunities and improving the quality of local businesses.
Governmental and Organizational Support
The event has received support from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, which acknowledges the importance of such platforms in showcasing Ghanaian craftsmanship and entrepreneurship. This aligns with government initiatives like the One District, One Factory program, aimed at boosting domestic trade and enhancing consumer protection.
The 6th Obuasi Trade Show stands as a beacon of hope and opportunity, representing a collective effort towards a diversified and resilient economy. It is a call to action for entrepreneurs and artisans to seize the opportunity to showcase their talents and contribute to Obuasi’s economic tapestry.