Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, Senior Manager Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti, has called for all hands on deck to make the Obuasi Trade Show the biggest event in the Adansi enclave. He added that as Kwahu comes to mind when people think of Easter, the Obuasi Trade Show can also come to mind when Adansi people think of Christmas. He said this during the 2021 Edition of the Obuasi Trade Show.
The trade show, which is under the theme “Diversifying the economy of Obuasi through trade promotion” is an AngloGold Ashanti Ghana sponsored program in partnership with the Obuasi West Municipal Assembly, Obuasi East district Assembly, Ghana Enterprise Agency and other stakeholders. The event is part of AngloGold Ashanti’s 3-year Social Management Plan which commenced in 2019 and comes to an end this year but the Mine has promised to maintain the Trade Show beyond this period.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, Senior Manager Sustainability at AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine assured the people of Obuasi that the Obuasi Trade Show has come to stay.
“We say with all confidence that we are committed (to sustain the Trade Show)… If there is one event that can bring the people of Adansi together, it is the Obuasi Trade show” he said.
“Kwahu comes to mind during easter, we want Obuasi Trade Show to come to mind when the People of Adansi thinks of Christmas” he added.
Mr. Baidoo again revealed that the Mine is waiting for feedback from their parent company in South Africa to enable them implement a 10 years socio-economic plan that would further help diversify the Obuasi economy.
Ending his speech he called for all to protect themselves against COVID-19 since Obuasi has seen a sharp rise in COVID19 cases within the last few days.
The Obuasi Municipal Director of Ghana Enterprise Agency, Kelvin Ofori Atta revealed that since the inception of the Obuasi Trade Show in 2019, 432 businesses have participated in the event. He added that the event has helped 157 businesses to improve their packaging and increased the sales of 322 businesses in Obuasi with 110 businesses being able to provide their services to people outside Obuasi.
The Adansihemaa Nana Amoanimaa Dede II praised the Mine for the initiative and pledged the support of the traditional authorities.