Ghana invited for 3rd China Tea Expo

Minister for Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie-Akoto
Minister for Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie-Akoto

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, will be leading an official delegation which comprises entrepreneurs, businessmen together with various key industry players to this year’s 3rd China Tea Expo.

The event which starts from May, 12 to May 18, 2019, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China, is expected to bring together over 2000 exhibitors from different countries in the production of tea coffee.

The 3rd China International Tea Expo is one of the biggest Agricultural Expo organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs of the People’s Republic of China to showcase agricultural products to the global community.

The theme for this year’s expo is ‘Promoting Shared Growth through the Development of the Tea Industry.’ Focusing on tea and coffee industries, the Expo will provide a platform to strengthen information and technology exchanges through exhibitions, seminars, dialogues, and field visits.

It also seeks to share successful experiences of promoting rural development, environmental protection and income growth of farmers through developing tea coffee industries and exploring effective pathways of industrial development.

Ghana has been invited as the Guest Country of Honour for this year’s Expo and is the first and the only African country to be given such status since its inception.

The invitation provides Ghana, a unique opportunity to showcase and market its local products such as chocolate and other cocoa beverages in a vast domestic market of China.

The Minister of Agric, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, said Ghana’s offer comes as a golden opportunity to gauge the appetite of the Chinese market of about 1.3 billion population with its cocoa products.

He expressed gratitude to the Government of the People’s Republic of China, particularly his Chinese counterpart, Han Changfu for the gesture.

His Excellency Mr. Edward Boateng, Ghana’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, said the offer comes to complement the Mission’s relentless effort of promoting Ghana’s economic diplomacy at all spheres of its engagement in China.

He commended the host authorities for the gesture and Ghana’s Agric Minister for supporting the Mission in promoting the county’s agricultural products in both China and other Asian markets.

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