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The 7th ECOWAS Trade fair being hosted by Ghana will take place from 24th October to 4th November 2013 in Accra, with the official launch scheduled for 30th August 2012 also in Accra.

According to a new release posted by the ECOWAS secretariat, the dates were agreed at the just-ended two-day meeting of the Regional Organizing Committee (ROC) in Abuja, on the preparations for the fair, as well as the publicity material, venue and facilities proposed by Ghana, which is hosting the fair for the second time.

The meeting also provided a platform for a presentation on the facilities by the host, which promised to ensure a conducive environment, constant power supply, water and communication facilities for the fair.

The ECOWAS Commission reminded the host that the proposed theme of the fair should be linked with regional economic integration.

Each Member State is also expected to promote a specific product or service which is of interest to its economy and the region.

The regional fair, which is now a biennial event, was instituted to boost intra-community trade which presently hovers between 11 and 15 percent, and thereby contributing to the improved implementation of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS).

It will also contribute to empowering local producers and stimulating the regional economy.