Turkish Trade Fair underway in Accra

By: Daniel Nonor

Ms. Hannah Tetteh, Trade & Industry

Over 60 Turkish companies have begun a four-day exhibition in Accra to showcase their products to their Ghanaian counterparts, with a vehement call on the Government of Ghana to check the double taxation of foreign entrepreneurs.

The Turkish Ambassador, H.E. Mr Kenan Tepedelen, making the appeal, noted that the world was living in state of economic diplomacy, hence the need for Ghana to honour the trade agreements with Turkey, including mutual protection of businesses and the elimination of multiple taxations.

The exhibition, which was opened on Tuesday, is the second of its kind is being organised by Meridyen International Fair Organisation of Turkey, in conjunction with the Ghana Export Promotions Centre (GEPC), Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) and the Ghana Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Tepedelen, with assistance from the La Mantse, Nii Tettey Tsuri II, and other dignitaries, cut the tape to unveil the wide range of products on display at the exhibition, underway at the Ghana International Trade Fair Centre (GTFC), which spans December 8-11.

Mr. Tepedelen revealed that the fair was a follow up on intense diplomatic links between Ghana and Turkey, and the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and other bilateral agreements to boost trade and investment.

He further revealed that a high level business delegation, comprising the Turkish Minister of Trade, would visit Ghana to deepen trade and bilateral relations.

The fair is showcasing products including that of iron and steel, mechanical appliances, electrical machinery and equipment.

The Chief Executive Officer of Meridyen International Fair Organisation, Mr. Alper Cekic, indicated that the exhibition would create a trade bridge between Ghana and Turkey.

He lauded the openness of Ghanaian businessmen, and the friendly Ghanaian community, saying it would lead to cultural and other exchanges between the two countries.

An official of the AGI, Mr. Nathaniel Quarcopoome, hoped that the partnership between the two countries would translate into mutual trade relations.

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