The Launch of the fifth Anniversary edition of the Ghana Garden and Flower Show was done at the Labadi Beach Hotel. The event launch was done by the Strategic Communications Africa Ltd (Stratcomm)
The event is of the theme, ‘Flower Ghana, Grow Ghana’ and will take place from August 31, 2017, to September 4, 2017, at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park in Accra.
Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong- Boateng, who launched the 2017 Show, said, “The Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation attaches great importance to efforts aimed at preserving our environment, particularly by stakeholders in the private sector.”
He praised Stratcomm Africa and its private sector partners for “this significant initiative that has such benefits for our environment”.
According to the Minister, the “promotion of job creation opportunities in the floriculture and horticulture sector is particularly timely. What we see in regard to floriculture and horticulture is the complete opposite picture from that in the mining sector where illegal mining –popularly known as galamsey – is degrading our environment – polluting rivers and water bodies, undermining agriculture in some of our most fertile areas and even destroying forests.
If our young men and women who have been engaged in these illegal acts could rather be trained to engage in floriculture and horticulture and be part of Ghana developing a new export product, they would be better off as individuals, we would all be better off as a nation and our environment would be free from the serious degradation that we have experienced from the illegal mining activities”.
The Minister also emphasized that: “Human survival is dependent on environment conservation; therefore the responsibility to protect and preserve the environment should be for all Ghanaians”.
The launch was attended by His Excellency Ron Strikker, the Ambassador of the Royal Netherlands to Ghana, officials from the public and private sector, exhibitors, Ghana Garden and Flower Show Award Winners and the media among others.
CEO of Stratcomm Africa, Esther A.N. Cobbah, said, “this year, Ghana celebrates its 60th Independence Anniversary and the Ghana Garden and Flower Show is also 5 years. The show has grown tremendously. In 2013 when the Show began, it had 1,400 participants and 14 exhibitors. In 2016, we saw an over 400 percent increase in exhibitor participation from the 2013 figure and close to 15,000 visitors.
She explained the theme for the 2017 Ghana Garden and Flower Show, Flower Ghana, Grow Ghana.
“Flowering Ghana means cultivating flowers which we believe will help grow Ghana environmentally and also in health and in wealth”. She also explained that the initiative seeks to contribute to Ghana’s realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).
She called on all, the private sector, public sector as well as media, religious bodies and individuals to support this effort to help make Ghana Greener, Cleaner, Healthier, Wealthier and more beautiful.
The General Manager of Labadi Beach Hotel who were part of the sponsors said, “Labadi Beach Hotel is extremely proud to be associated with the Ghana Garden and Flower Show and delighted to have won two awards from the Show.”
He added that “a serene, beautiful and healthy environment is always critical for the success of the hospitality industry and Labadi Beach Hotel is happy to see that Stratcomm Africa is taking the lead in promoting this kind of environment in Ghana.”
The event comprises of an exhibition of flora and fauna, garden ornaments and accessories, the Ghana Garden and Flower Awards, Fashion in the park, party in the park, Jazz night, children’s playground and food court and a bouquet of other exciting activities.