Customers peruse goods at Makola market in Accra, Ghana, June 15, 2015.Francis Kokoroko/File Photo
Customers peruse goods at Makola market in Accra, Ghana, June 15, 2015. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko/File Photo

As the economy of Ghana expands, many opportunities are opened for international trade transactions, Chinese manufacturers affirmed at a four-day Agro-Food West Africa which opened here on Tuesday.

Sean Zhou, Sales Manager for Zhangjiagang Proman Machine Company Ltd, manufacturers of agro-processing machines, said here Wednesday the company, which specializes in water, juices, beer, and carbonated drink processing machines, sought to support Ghanaians who are into agro-processing.

“We took a long journey from China to Ghana because we think Ghana is the future and a good place for investment. Here in Ghana, the drink business has a potential market and we believe in the near future we will have a lot of opportunities. When we come back next year, the new brand is coming with all the machines. Our machines are used for beverage,” he promised.

Starting from 30,000 U.S. dollars to about 1 million dollars, the company, located in Zhangjiagang City, near Shanghai, assures clients of installation of machines, training of engineers and after-sales service with a three-year guarantee.

“Ghana is a new market for us and we want to build customers here. West Africa is a new market for us,” he explained.

As many as five Chinese firms were among the 93 different businesses from 21 countries participating in the four-day exhibition and conference, including DB Tomato Industry in Xiamen whose Sales Manager Cheng Jinghui expressed great excitement about the Ghanaian market.

“We run a factory for tomato paste and canned fish. We do export so many brands to many places including Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and Lome (Togo). We have been exporting to Ghana for more than 10 years. Business with Ghanaians is good. They are kind and friendly,” Cheng said.

A Ghanaian agent of DB Tomato Industries, Doris, was full of praise for the company and its products, when she spoke to Xinhua.

“I have known Sabrina for about four years now. Their company is doing so well. They have tinned tomato, sardine, oil and all kinds of canned food. The price is very cheap. It is moderate, and everybody can afford… very competitive and I want them to increase the volume,” she noted.

DB Tomato Industry has one factory in Xiamen for canned fish and another factory in Tianji for tomato paste.

The other Chinese firms seeking entrance into the Ghanaian market include Homeyard Food Company from Hubei, manufacturers of non-dairy creamers; and Shandong Tianjiao Biotech Company Ltd from Shandong.

The Agrofood West Africa is organized by Fair Trade, an Emerging Market Fair organizing company, founded by Martin Marz in 1991. Enditem




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