The ECOWAS has advised businesses in the sub-region to take advantage of the forthcoming â€œNimaskar Africa 2010â€ exhibition to explore better business relationship with their Indian counterparts.
Mr Enobong Umoessien, Head of ECOWAS Business and Enterprises Promotion, gave the advice in an interview with newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.
He said that the exhibition, which is scheduled for Lagos from Jan. 14 to Jan. 16, would provide a platform for businessmen and women in West Africa to meet their Indian counterparts. Umoessien said that the exhibition could provide opportunities for them to discuss joint venture issues.
â€œThe exhibition will be an exclusive platform for Indian and African companies to meet and identify potential areas of collaboration for the development of strategic partnerships,â€ he said. The ECOWAS official said that the exhibition would also afford Indian companies opportunities to make inroads into the West African market.
He said that sectors that could attract attention at the exhibition would include healthcare and pharmaceuticals, information and communication technology, power, agrifood and allied services.
He listed others as roads and railways, housing and construction, financial services, engineering goods and automobiles. Umoessien said that the exhibition was being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the apex chamber in India, in collaboration with the Indian Ministry of Commerce.