Fair to highlight role of building and construction industry underway

By
Kwamina Tandoh/Caroline Pomeyie, GNA

Accra, Sept. 3, GNA
– A four-day Building and Construction Fair to provide a platform for industry
players in the sector to showcase their products and services and discuss
pertinent issues affecting them has begun in Accra.

The maiden fair,
featuring 20 industry players (exhibitors), and organised by Sefy’s Choice
Ghana Ltd in partnership with Broll Ghana and Achimota Mall is on the theme:
“Ghana from Hut to Skyscrapers”.

The exhibitors
include construction companies, electronic companies and suppliers of roofing
materials, floor tiles, furniture, interior decorators and surveyors.

Mr Victor Kwame
Kafui Ativie, Events Manager of S-Prima Events of Sefy’s Choice Ghana Ltd, said
there is the need for the nation to intensify its focus in developing the
building and construction industry as its plays a vital role in the development
of infrastructure.

He said the Africa
Development Bank in its Africa Infrastructure Development Index revealed that
Ghana is not among the top ten most developed nations in Africa in terms of
infrastructure.

Mr Ativie said it is
the quest of all developing countries to achieve an improved infrastructure as
they seek to attain the status of a fully developed country.

“With this being the
case, it is essential for developing countries to grow their building and
construction industry in order to adequately match up with international
standards’’, he said.

Mr Ativie said even
though the nation had seen the construction of many roads and state of the art
building around the country, there is still a long way to go.

Mr George Sarpong,
Centre Manager of Achimota Mall, said the fair is to create a converging point
for the industry players to showcase their products and discuss challenges
affecting the industry.

He said the measure
of a country’s economic development is largely determined by its structural
transformation and provision of affordable housing.

An exhibitor, Mr
Baffour Yeboah, Sales Manager of Heavy Machinery Dealership, in an interview
with the Ghana News Agency, expressed his concern at the high costs of doing
business due to the depreciation of the Cedi and the increasing cost of labour
among others.

He appealed to
government to create an enabling environment for building and construction
companies by reducing the burden of taxation which is gradually crippling
growth in the sector.

GNA

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