By Musa Usman, Abuja
No fewer than 25 countries and 36 states of the federation have indicated interest to participate in the 12th Abuja International Trade Fair, organized by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) slated for September 24 – October 7th 2017.
The Director of Membership and Business Development of the Chamber, Mrs. Tonia Shoyele, who disclosed this at Pre – Trade Fair briefing on Tuesday, in Abuja said the countries that have indicated interest to participate in the fair include India, Germany, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Egypt, Philippines, Korea, Cameroon and Pakistan among others adding that the theme of the trade fair “Returning Nigeria To The Path of Sufficiency Through Non oil Exports” is in line with the present administration’s policy to diversify the nation’s economy from oil to non – oil sector.
“The trade fair which is one of Nigeria’s best and most established show of its kind has been held for over half a decade now. It is a hub for participants to showcase their goods and services as well as encourage entrepreneurs and manufacturers to promote their business”, the Director explained.
Speaking further, the Director stressed, the 12th Abuja International Trade Fair would divest from the Nigeria factor of seeing Trade Fair as an avenue of buying and selling rather than a forum for business interaction and contact.
She emphasized that Trade Fairs basically is not organized for revenue generation but a forum for the promotion and building of efficient and credible business practices in commerce.
According to her, it is also an avenue to woo investors that would in turn create job opportunities and reduce poverty problem facing the country, encourage business networking and exchange.
“The 12th Abuja International Trade Fair is poised to strengthen the small and medium scale Enterprises as veritable tool that could be used to boost and improve the country’s economy, hence appropriate incentives should be put in place to encourage development of these enterprises.
“In the light of these, the Chamber therefore urges government to give infrastructure overhaul priority since the organized private sector remains a major stakeholder in the economic life of any nation.
“As one of the best ideal trade platforms for international and domestic exhibitions, the trade fair are equally meant to create new product lines, access new markets, build new business relationship and showcase new products in the country.
“It is therefore expected that participants would avail themselves the opportunities provided to promote trade and investment flows into the country in order to steer the nation’s economy to the part of greatness through Agriculture and agro-allied production”, she added.