The 3rd edition of the Diplomatic Fair was launched in Accra on Thursday, 16th June 2016. The Diplomatic Fair, formally known as Embassy Fair is an annual event in Ghana, which was established in 2012 by Precise Communications Ltd.
The fair presents an opportunity for diplomatic organizations to educate and promote their services to the people of Ghana whilst showcasing their achievements.
The CEO of Precise Solutions, Mr. Stephen Gyasi-Kwaw, revealed that the fair was established to create a platform for diplomatic communities accredited to Ghana to have the opportunity to showcase their works and educate the public about the services they offer. ‘Often, when we talk about embassies or diplomatic organizations, a majority of us think about travel alone. We realize that there’s a whole lot that the diplomatic community does in the area of economic development, trade, investment, education and other related development programs. That we saw the need to try and breach the diplomatic gap between the diplomatic community and the private sector and involve the general public to have information about the various services that they offer,” he added.
Mr. Kwaw also added that the fair will offer the private sector opportunities to engage the diplomatic sector in the area of trade. This would be made possible through the economic diplomacy forum integrated into this year’s fair.
He also revealed that the economic diplomacy forum will bring together titans of industry, diplomats and civil society to engage and share great ideas to foster economic prosperity among nations.
The CEO of Precise Communications encouraged the private sector and the public to take advantage of the opportunities the diplomatic fair would provide.
The Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, who also doubles as the Zimbabwean Ambassador in Ghana, Pavelyn Tendai Musaka in her keynote address expressed the hope that, the forum on economic diplomacy will serve as an opportunity for the diplomatic community to deliberate and come up with solutions to implement result based management and produce tangible results their countries expect of them at the end of every financial year under very tight budgets.
She also expressed her gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ministry of Trade and Industry for facilitating the Diplomatic Fair.
Director of Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Edwin Adjei delivered a speech on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Miss Hannah Tetteh.
Mr. Adjei revealed that the fair affords the diplomatic missions accredited to Ghana a suitable platform to further enlighten the people of Ghana about their respective countries and also offers people the opportunity to learn how to better access the services that the various embassies and High Commissions render to the general public.
He continued, “Over the period of the fair, patronizers of the event will have the unique opportunity to see more of the beautiful cultures and traditions of other countries through the exhibitions and presentations by the representatives of the participating diplomatic missions, as well as, get to know how we can enhance diplomatic activities through the economic forum that would be coming on.”
Mr. Adjei, therefore, commended the organizers of the fair for taking a bold initiative to organize such an event.
Report By: Desmond ‘Pappy’ Tawiah, threesixtyGh Writer