Kwahu Easter mini trade fair held at Mpraeso

BY: George Folley
Tourism Minister, Mrs Catherine Afeku and GTA boss Akwasi Agyemang pose for the cameras at the Atibie paragliding festival. PICTURES BY DOUGLAS ANANE FRIMPONG
Tourism Minister, Mrs Catherine Afeku and GTA boss Akwasi Agyemang pose for the cameras at the Atibie paragliding festival. PICTURES BY DOUGLAS ANANE FRIMPONG

The first ever mini trade fair to be held on the Kwahu Ridge has taken place at Mpraeso in the Eastern region.

The fair dubbed "Donkomi trade fair-Kwahu Dwaso" attracted 200 exhibitors from across the country.

Hitherto, the festival was held at Nkawkaw, faraway from the Kwahu Ridge which made exhibitors complain as a result of low patronage.

The venue for the fair, The Nana Kisi High street was filled to capacity with patrons and exhibitors doing business.

Opening the fair last Friday, the Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour said the fair is no more about entertainment but strictly for business purposes.


According to him, the fair was to facilitate access to market for businesses during Easter festivity at the Kwahu Ridge.

He called on investors and businesses to take advantage of the promising and untapped opportunities available in the Eastern Region especially in the Kwahu enclave.

This, he believed would help get most of the unemployed youths off the streets, a move which would contribute to the decrease in lawlessness and armed robbery across the country.

He assured the people of the area that the government would ensure that "this fair achieves its purpose and grow to be one of the recognized gatherings promoting made in Ghana products and providing access to markets for business ".

The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkora said government will continue to implement policies and programmes to enhance the productive capacity of local enterprises to facilitate the exploitation of economies of scale and reduce the vulnerability to external shocks thereby boosting opportunities for made in Ghana goods.

An exhibitor Madam Joyce Anim commended the organisers of the fair for relocating to the Kwahu ridge.