The first ever West Africa Business Expo 2013, opened in Accra on Thursday, with a call on Ghanaians to develop interest in setting up their own businesses.

The two-day event was designed to create platforms for business owners to access information and interact with service providers and encourage learning.

The expo on the theme: “Kick starting and sustaining business growth, “was also aimed at educating the public on how entrepreneurial activities have been the backbone of many economies, and the focus of many countries to drive economic growth in a sustainable way.

It would enlighten the participants on a number of implementations and successful interventions including finance, capacity and skill building, which have been adopted to drive growth in developed economies.

Ms Harriet Adabla, Chief Executive Officer of Hak Solutions, organisers of the expo, said entrepreneurship in developing economies has experienced less attention and growth, comparable to other economies.

Mr Albert Osei, Chief Executive Officer of Koko King Limited, advised the people not to wait until they get huge amount of money before setting up a business of their own.

“In setting up a business, one need to develop a business plan, have patience, strong will and focus on the business,” he said.

Companies participating in the expo includes Registrar General Department, Koko King Limited, Growth Mosaic and Enabils Ghana. The event comprise conferencing, workshop and exhibition.