Over 100 Micro Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs, are expected to participate in the 2022 MSMEs fair to be held in Ipodo, Ikeja Lagos State, next Monday.

 The fair, which is organized by the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, is the second in the series and it is expected to last five days. 

It is titled:  “Competing for Market”.  Described as one of the fastest growing MSME fairs in Lagos, this year’s event would afford exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their wares as well as enjoy business advisory services from SMEDAN on how to upscale their businesses. 

Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria, SMEDAN, Olawale Fasanya, in a statement heralding the commencement of the MSMEs fair in Ipodo said that MSME fairs are veritable ground to promote Made in Nigeria products.

He said  fairs such as the MSMEs fair in Ipodo were designed to provide opportunities for exhibition of Made in Nigeria goods by MSMEs. The fair he also said offers MSMEs a real life platform to hook up to not only market opportunities but also to network with relevant agencies in the MSME ecosystem. Fasanya noted that the Agency has come to embrace the Ipodo fair because of the success recorded in the maiden edition. And we shall continue to support MSMEs as they are the backbones of any thriving economy.

The agency, according to the Director General recently organized a successful opportunity fair in collaboration with the Edo State Government in Benin City.

 In addition, Fasanya  said  the agency would continue to step up sustainable programmes to boost the capacity of MSMEs in Nigeria. 

He said sustainable initiatives and organization of Trade fairs and Expos as well as sensitization would boost patronage of made in Nigeria goods. “The mass of the people are ignorant of the fact that quality and durable products are also produced by MSMEs in Nigeria,” he said.

 Fasanya added that the fairs such as MSMEs fair Ipodo would show that Nigeria MSMEs can produce good thing and this will make the people to have a rethink and improve on the patronage of locally made product. The Director General equally stated that the Agency in planning to host an opportunity fair for the people with disability in the near future.

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