The 17th edition of the World Export Development Forum which is organized by the International Trade Center in partnership with the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of Hungary has taken place in Hungary.
The forum brought together stakeholders, academia and trade support institutions as well as export promotion councils and business leaders.
More than 600 delegates from 60 countries, including Ghana and other African countries gathered at this year’s forum.
The three days high profile meeting, commenced with a B2B section on the 24th of October and later preceded on the next day with the official opening of the forum
The forum was attended by the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orban, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Szijjarto and the Executive Director of the International Trade Center, Arancha Gonzalez.
The forum attracted speakers from different disciplines with active participation of attendants engaging in the various plenary sections.
Ghana’s involvement on the panel of the 4th plenary, “Moving From Agriculture to AgriBusiness” had the inspirational story of Edward Poku of Niche Cocoa in Ghana on how challenges can be the motive actor to success.
Mr. Opoku speaking at the session challenged Africa to do better by 2030 in improving on value chain addition and not only be a raw material producer.
One of the highlights of the forum was the pitch your idea section that had four finalists of the Young Entrepreneurs Competition.
Michael Ocansey of AgroCenta who represented Ghana won the cash prize of 5,000euros in the Young Entrepreneurs Competition.