The 2016 edition of Blue Sea Land, a holistic expo of the Mediterranean, Africa and Middle Eastern agro food clusters, has been launched with a call on the business and agro processing sectors to participate extensively.
Mr Alexander Dadzawa, the Head of Marketing and Promotion of the Ghana Export Promotion, who made the call said canned tuna, when exported from Ghana generates better income for the county and so the extensive participation by players in the aquaculture, horticulture and agriculture sectors in the expo would boost the economy of the country.
“Blue Sea Land, which is a blend of culture and traditions in a multi-cultural and multi-sectorial frame, will bring opportunities to attract more Italian people to the sector for more investment to be created,” he said.
Mr Dadzawa said horticulture and agriculture being important sectors in the country, the players must register and take advantage of the event for Ghana and Italy. In his address, Mr Wakefield Ackuaku, the Business Development Manager of Doulos Consult Limited, an event management and marketing firm, organisers of the flagship expo noted that from October 5- October 7, the fifth edition of Blue Sea Land would be held at Mazara Del Vallo in Italy.
He said the event, which would cover agro products and processing, fisheries, aquaculture, textiles, and garments would provide a platform for Ghanaian companies to showcase their products to the rest of the world where the standards and quality of Ghanaian products would be projected.
“The Expo will also strengthen the cooperation among the participating countries and promote economic, social, institutional and cultural integration among people through seminars, conferences, expo, business to business meetings and cultural events,” he said.
Mr Ackuaku explained that Doulos Consult Limited would advertise the Blue Sea Land event by inviting interested Ghanaian companies and industries in the fish and agro cluster to attend and participate.
“Ghana Export Promotion Authority will however scrutinise and vet all the applications received and go on to recommend for selection companies and products that will be best set and maintain the standard Ghanaian products will want to set and preserve globally.
“Doulos Consult Limited will facilitate for these companies to attend and exhibit at the Blue Sea Land 2016 with companies footing their cost participation,” he said.
The Business Development Manager of Doulos Consult Limited noted that it was the aim of the organisers to foster more economic collaboration between Ghanaians and Foreign businesses seeking partnerships, markets, funding and technology transfer to grow both the Ghanaian and World economy.
Dr Lorenzo Pinelli, the Deputy Ambassador of the Italian Embassy, said Blue Sea Land is a showcase that originates from the desire to aggregate Italian, Mediterranean, African and the Middle Eastern productive Districts of the agro-food and fishing sector.
Lauding organisers for the event, he said the expo would strengthen the cooperation among participating countries. Mr Pinelli observed that in October 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and the Fishing Production District of Mazara Del Vallo in Italy was signed to strengthen the relationship between Ghana and Italy through the scientific and technological development of the fishing industry.
“The agreement was also intended to increase the contribution of fishing industry to Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product,” he said Mr Paolo De Vito, a Trade Promotion Attaché at the Italian Embsay, said trade relations between Ghana and Italy had always been excellent and with the participation of Ghanaian businessmen at this year’s Blue Sea Land in Mazara Del Vallo, would further strengthen previous relations.
Blue Sea Land is an initiative of Fisheries, the Sicilian Region, Confindustria Sicily, Rotary International and ANCI Sicily under the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the of Economic Development and Ministry of Agriculture.