The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) is set to host the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair expected to be the biggest so far.
Apart from making it the biggest this time, the focal point during the event is significant attention and exposure the agriculture sector would receive.
The chamber president Sir Emeka Udeze specifically assured that, “The Agricultural Sector will continue to receive attention in our specially designated area during the Fair aimed at boosting indulgence in Agricultural production and commercial farming, more so as it remains a critical sector towards our diversification efforts, so also for the mining/ solid mineral sector, with focus on the linkages and value chain benefits.”
On the expectations and success of the fair,.
We are indeed making concerted efforts to create a more amenable environment in hosting our Fairs, and we shall strive to do more within our capacity and power.
“As part of our efforts to boost the success of the Fair, we shall as it is strategic, visit some selected institutions and organizations for sensitisation and consolidating our network and outreach marketing programme.
Also, United States of America is one of the 15 countries that have indicated interest in the fair. Japan, Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa and Ghana are also said to be desirous of participating in the fair, whose theme is ”Engendering the Competitiveness of Nigerian Products in the Global Market”.
The event, which is expected to be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari, will hold between 16th and 26th of March 2018.
Udeze said, “It is my pleasure to inform you that a good number of corporate bodies/business organisations as well as government agencies have indicated serious interest to participate in this fair. We wish to acknowledge that a good number of enquiries are being made concerning participation in the fair.
“We are hopeful that the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair would be a success despite the economic situation that has really affected the economic cycle.
“The Fair is being packaged in such a way that it will have meaningful and positive effects and outcome for all stakeholders, particularly for exhibitors and participants, especially in the concerted effort to return the economy towards the path of growth and development.”
According to Udeze, the Enugu International Trade Fair cutting edge remains the efforts towards enhancing the special designated area in the Fair complex for the exhibition of new products, prototypes, innovations and research findings for commercialisation.
The idea, he stressed, was to deepen technological advancement and industrialisation by bringing researchers, business people and industrialists together, adding that it remains one of the core focal points and cutting edge of the Enugu International Trade Fair. ”The aim is to advance the course of the development of the small and medium enterprises which are key to our national development.
“We have equally put in place measures to ensure stable and quality supply of electricity and water during the Fair. Relatedly we shall soon commence the overhaul and maintenance of the two stand-by generator sets in the Fair Complex, in event of public power failure.
“It is equally interesting to note that we have commissioned the reinforcement of the distribution network of electricity lines inside the Fair complex including the changing of a good number of wooden electric poles to concrete poles. This has become necessary as the weak wooden electric poles used in the initial networking had to be replaced to enhance stable electricity supply. We shall continue to gradually replace the wooden poles with concrete poles, particularly those that are weak.
“On security, we are determined to maintain safety cum security as we have not had any security breach/problem since we started hosting our Fairs in the Trade Fair Complex within the Golf Estate area about 6years ago.
“We remain grateful to God Almighty and we shall humanly continue to do the needful in this direction, trusting that God will continue to keep watch over us. Nonetheless, we are pleased to note that Enugu remains one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria and we believe God that this will be sustained.