Oxford Street to host ‘Buy Ghana’ fair (Page 26)
Come December this year, the Osu Oxford Street in Accra, a prime shopping arena in the metropolis, will host one of the biggest fairs to promote made-in Ghana goods.
The event slated for December 20-21 and dubbed ‘Oxford Street International Fair,’ is expected to have the popular street flooded with corporate souvenirs, artworks and artefacts, clothing and accessories, electronics, cosmetics, automobiles, foods and drinks and published educational materials, among others.
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mr Alfred Okoe Vanderpuye, at a meeting with the organisers, endorsed the fair, describing it as an excellent move for promoting the ‘Buy Ghana’ agenda.
He said the fair would serve as a catalyst to boost commerce in the city, especially in manufactured products, services and tourism.
He has, therefore, called on businesses in the capital to embrace the initiative.
Aims of the fair
Mrs Catherine Morton, the Project Director of Street Fairs International (SFI), organisers of the fair, said ‘the organisation aimed to host bi-annual street fairs in the city with the objective of strengthening the appetite of consumers for locally manufactured products and services.
“It is also our aim to put Ghana on the tourism map through our events. Our hope is for the Oxford Street International Fair to grow to rival other international street fairs and become a major attraction on the country’s tourism calendar,” she said.
As the first of its kind in Ghana, the fair is expected to attract numerous visitors and will serve as the biggest shopping and entertainment bonanza during the Christmas season.
With the anticipated participation of about 300 businesses including retail and corporate institutions and players in the arts, fashion, home decor and numerous vending enterprises dealing in unique and niche products, the fair is likely to offer businesses a unique opportunity.
Oxford Street International Fairs would also have on hand a never-to-be-forgotten cultural show that would treat visitors to local music, dance and food as side attractions.