The Chairman, Organising Committee of Trade Fairs in Nigeria, Mr Fidel Ndubuisi, said on Tuesday that more than 100 foreign companies were participating in the ongoing 5th Abuja International Trade Fair.Ndubuisi said that the figure was about 20 per cent increase over that of 2009.
â€œWe have new exhibitors who had never been to Abuja before this yearâ€™s trade fair, 54 companies from Ghana are here, 37 from Senegal and many more. This shows that the profile of the Abuja trade fair is going higher which is very encouraging to us the organisers and the country as a whole,â€ he said.
According to him, some ministries have yet to showcase their products at the fair and yet the space at the fair ground have been occupied by international exhibitors.â€œOur pavilions are all occupied, exhibitors have taken over those places that the ministries used before. I think this is the major plank of our success in this fair, the fact is that we have new clients and more people coming from the international community,â€ he said.
Ndubuisi said the foreign countries participating included Indonesia, Turkey, China and Ghana. He decried the poor representation of Nigerian companies from the states. â€œForeigners came and the people they came to meet are not around, well that is the Nigeria system.
But we are happy that the international community is finding our fairs a viable place to bring their companies,â€he added. He said that not even one state was represented at the fair at the time of this interview.It will be recalled that 21 companies from Ghana attended the 2009 trade fair while 54 are participating this year.