Two executive members of the Event Vendors Association of Ghana (EVAG), Cee Kudjoe and Francisco Apenu Cofie have represented the association at the 7th Association of Professional Party Organizers and Event Managers of Nigeria (APPOEMN) held in Nigeria.
The conference which was attended by vendors, planners and managers in the event industry from all over Nigeria was under the theme: “Collaboration.”
Speaking to newsmen on arrival from the conference, Francisco Cofie expressed his appreciation to the leadership of EVAG for choosing them to represent the association at the event describing it as a wonderful learning experience.
He shared his experience, “Being at the conference is an eye opener to enable us build a very solid foundation for EVAG and also drove home the need to work together to protect and support each other in the event industry having in mind the image of Ghana .”
The three-day conference featured presentations, panel discussions, workshops and climaxed with a dinner dance on the third night. Some of the topics discussed included Collaboration, Branding, Customer Satisfaction and Staffing Issues.
Speakers for the conference were drawn from Planners, Bloggers, Bankers, Decorators, Investors Etc.
Speaking to the theme of the event, various speakers identified the need for actors in the industry to work together to grow their own businesses and the industry in general, a lot more could be achieved by working together than working alone. Various anecdotes and proverbs were used to illustrate this, for instance, the saying that; “If you want to go fast, you walk alone, but it you want to go far, you go with others”.
Collaboration is essential in all aspects of life, be it career, businesses or personal life. It is important to access who knows you and how to build on those relationships to achieve bigger goals. To foster collaboration, it is important to network with people and organisations. These networking platforms and create opportunities to make you and your brand known to others.
In her closing remarks, the President of APPOEMN, Gbemisola Opei expressed her excitement about the participation of the representatives of EVAG adding that APPOEMN is also looking forward to visiting Ghana with some of their members for a joint conference together. She also advised vendors and planners to always work and conscientiously to make the industry attractive to others and show professionalism at all times. New members were also sworn in to join APPOEMN.
EVAG was formed this year under the leadership of Kate Hassan and the association is working on upgrading the skills of event vendors and organizations to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction in the events industry.