THE Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN has taken the ‘Buy Made in Nigeria’ campaign to China with its attendance at the just concluded China International SME Fair (CISMEF). Twenty six Nigerian Micro Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) showcased over 40 different products at the fair.
A statement from SMEDAN noted that over 300 SMEs from various countries participated at the international expo. “The Nigeria Pavilion was a beehive of activities as all through the duration of the fair, an average of 300 visitors engaged the Nigerian officials and exhibitors on a daily basis on business opportunities and investment in the country. Products exhibited by Nigerian MSMEs at the fair include textiles, agricultural products, general products and leather products,” it stated.
The Nigerian delegation was led by Director General of SMEDAN, Dikko Umaru Radda, who participated and made presentations on the state of MSMEs in Nigeria in two major events at the fair, SMEs Cross Business Matchmaking Activity and Guangdong Tour Belt and Road Campaign.
In his remark, Radda commended the performance of Nigerian exhibitors who came out to showcase what Nigeria had to offer to the global community. “As you are aware we are here to showcase Made in Nigeria goods to the world through CISMEF,” he said.
Radda added that through the expo, “we were able to match make some of our SMEs with other investors and similar SMEs who are in China for the world exhibition”. He said though the results may not be immediate, at least a business channel has been opened which is good for Nigerian MSMEs.
SMEDAN also interfaced with several major international organizations such as United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO), commercial representatives of several countries that attended the fair as well as organizers of the China Small and Medium Enterprises Fair, CISMEF, where issues of mutual interest were discussed with a view to signing Memorandum of Understandings in future.
China Small and Medium Enterprises Fair, CISMEF is a major international exhibition aimed at the development of SMEs.