The Department of Trade and Industry’s Foreign Economic Representative in Ghana, Ms Nompumelelo Hlela with Mr Steven Buthelezi of Honingcraft Moser (Pic supplied: The dti)

 A group of 20 South African companies on Wednesday arrived in Ghana where they will showcase their products and services at the week-long Ghana International Trade Fair in Accra.

The companies specialise in agro-processing, chemicals, clothing and textiles, forestry furniture, creative industries, built environment and capital equipment.

Nompumelelo Hlela, the Department of Trade and Industry's (the dti) foreign economic representative based in Ghana, said that the companies will have an opportunity to promote South Africa’s products and services. 

"We have secured meetings for most of our firms with chambers of commerce and industry associations in Ghana. These meetings will take place parallel to the exhibition," Hlela said.

"The intention is to get our companies maximum exposure to the Ghanaian market and secure business deals with the private sector at large."

Catherine de Villiers, the managing director of Dryers for Africa - a company that manufactures of agro-processing equipment -- said that her mission in Ghana is to seek distributors and to increase the companies' footprint in Ghana. 

"We anticipate to get more clients and distributors through this platform since the market has been responding positively to our products," de Villiers said.

Steven Buthelezi of Honingcraft Moser said that he was looking forward to a fruitful week for his company that manufactures hydraulic cylinders. He said that the company has a market in Ghana, but they saw the trade fair as an opportunity to increase their customer base.

"I am looking forward to the meetings that the department has secured for us in addition to participating in the trade fair," Buthelezi said. 

The participation of these companies has been made possible by the dti through its Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) Scheme which aims to increasing exports of South African manufactured products to Ghana and beyond. 

 - African News Agency (ANA)