Event Vendors Association Ghana (EVAG), a body that will provide the platform for operators in the events industry to synergise and pool resources from each other, has been launched in Accra.
The event, which was held at the Red Carpet Event Centre, East Legon, saw the unveiling of the management members/executives and channels for pooling resources as well as regulations to guide the organisation.
EVAG aims at organising event vendors around the country, ensuring delightful delivery to clients, promoting and encouraging the highest level of ethics within the events industry and managing the sector to high standards, as well promoting professionalism with high quality service delivery.
The association will be an umbrella body for all individuals in the event industry, with appropriate legal and ethical methods in resolving issues, negotiating on behalf of members and promoting activities of the events industry.
The launch event was attended by event organisers, the Creative Arts Council, MUSIGA, Ghana Tourism Board and other industry stakeholders.
The President of EVAG, Kate Hassan, said: “the Event Vendors Association Ghana is open to all vendors and suppliers who are engaged in the events management business.
It also looks to those who are in the business as full members while students who have just graduated from master classes or apprenticeship will join as associate members.”
She added that Event Planners, Decorators, Coordinators, Rental Services, Caterers, Bakers, MCs, Disc Jockeys, Graphic Designers, Photographers, Videographers, Make-up Artistes, Hair stylists and others can all join the association to help build a better industry.
Mrs. Hassan, who has almost two decades of experience in the event industry, emphasised that to enhance the quality of work of members, the association will place a premium on training and mentorship.
The formation of EVAG, she said, became necessary because there is the need to regulate and train industry players because most event organisers are ignorant of the requirements on them and so they end up spoiling people’s occasions.
“We have to train people on how to become a good Master of Ceremony (MC), for instance, because you go to some weddings and you see the MC spoiling the occasion by advertising themselves and selling themselves ahead of the people they are to promote or work for. So, we must control the space,” she said.
The elected executives mandated to manage the affairs of the association include: Kate Hassan as President; Ato Kwamena as Vice President; Christine Aku-Shika as 2nd Vice President; Krofah Acheampong as Secretary; Milay Mika Shelley as 1st Assistant Secretary and Christabelle Afiyo Cann-Tamakloe as 2nd Assistant Secretary.
Other executives of EVAG are: Elijah Tweneboah as Organiser; – Sheila Ennuson as Public Relations Officer (PRO); Francisco Apenu Cofie as Assistant PRO; Claude Fiscian as Financial Secretary and Kafui Dey as Head of Welfare, among others.