Three specialised shows -one powerful event for west africa.

Feb 2000 News

'West Africa Industrial Week' in Ghana in June incorporates three major trade shows - WAM (West African Mining), EPEA (Electrics, Power, Electronics Africa) and WAWES (Water, Waste, Environment and Safety) - and promises to be an important highlight for industry both in West Africa and internationally. The exhibitions will be held at the Ghana International Trade Centre in Accra 27-30 June.

EPEA, formerly known as ELWA, was first staged in Ghana in 1998. It showcased power generation, transmission, distribution, installation, alternative energy and renewable energy technologies. This year it will also include IT in power electronics, automation control, process control and instrumentation.

"Timing for the last exhibition was all important as most of the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) member states were involved in infrastructural development and upgrading. And Ghana in particular was carrying out major electrification projects," said John Thomson, CEO of Exhibition Management Services, South African-based organiser of the three trade shows. "Due to continued interest in electrification and electronics, and further growth and development in the region, we have extended the scope of this show."

International interest in this show has led British trade organisation, BEAMA (British Electrotechnical & Allied Manufacturers' Associations) to set up a national trade pavilion at the show.

"This is the first time that BEAMA has obtained the Department of Trade and Industry's support to have a pavilion at EPEA and, because there is synergy between all three exhibitions, the DTI's subsidies have been extended to UK companies wishing to exhibit at WAM and WAWES as well," said Jan Fillingham, a representative of BEAMA. "In giving its support, the DTI is acknowledging that in these three industries Ghana and international visiting companies offer business opportunities for UK companies and that Ghana is a market to be taken seriously by companies anxious to diversify their interests abroad."

As well as the exhibitions during "West Africa Industrial Week", there will also be a major international conference attended by delegates from around the globe.

For further information contact Joanne Howell at Exhibition Management Services at telephone (011) 783 7250, fax (011) 783 7269 or email

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