By Yinka Kolawole
This year’s edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair is expected to host over 350 corporate participants and attract about one million visitors.
President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Sir Emeka Udeze, stated this yesterday, when he led a delegation of the Chamber on a visit to Vanguard Newspapers. He said the upcoming Fair which is the 29th edition with the theme, “Engendering the Competitiveness of Nigerian Products in the Global Market”, will hold from Friday March 16 to Monday March 26, 2018 at the Trade Fair Complex in Enugu. He was accompanied by Director General of ECCIMA, Mr. Emeka Okereke.
Udeze stated: “A good number of state governments have indicated interest to participate in the Fair. We shall be expecting over 350 corporate participants including companies from Ghana, Japan, Indonesia, South Africa, India and United States of America. Relatedly, we are expecting about one million visitors during the Fair. We have introduced so many innovations to make this year’s Fair very meaningful and beneficial to all stakeholders. Part of our strategy this year is to provide endearing platform for interaction amongst stakeholders for match making and possible joint venture partnership deals.”
He noted that in the face of the country’s present economic challenges, the Fair provides great opportunity for local and foreign investors to have a meeting point to network and find common grounds to invest in the Nigerian economy especially in manufacturing.
“The Fair provides amenable platform for both the public and private sectors to deliberate deeply on the issue of diversification of the nation’s economy which has been a sing song for many decades. This needs to be brought into fruition to manifest positively in the economic development of our nation, through the promotion of the industrial sector and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), engendering their production process for the much needed export of Nigerian products.
“The Fair has also been packaged to provide elixir to deepen the promotion of other critical sectors of our economy such as Solid minerals and Tourism to boost our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and indeed foreign exchange earnings,” he remarked.