Idowu Wenegieme, director general , Abuja Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ABUCCIMA), disclosed that over N30 million will be spent on the preparations for the upcoming 8th Abuja trade fair.
Wenegieme said over 10 countries both from within and outside the continent have indicated interest to participate in this year’s fair which starts on September 26 this year.
He made the disclosure while speaking with journalists in Abuja. The ex-banker said at this year’s fair that nothing less than 300 exhibitors are expected, with nothing less than 450 visitors to the different stands on daily basis.
According to him, unlike previous years when exhibitors were made to construct their own temporary wooden stands, “this year we have placed orders for purchase of exotic exhibition tents from China, together with 156 shell-skins and then some other smaller exhibition tents. Besides that, our marketing team is embarking on very vigorous marketing of the fair”.
“We have sent out invitations for participation to various state governments, cooperate organizations, individuals and various embassies within the country and so far we are receiving responses from prospective participants. Some of them are from Taiwan, China, India, Germany, Turkey, Ghana, Senegal, Pakistan and many West African Countries. The responses have been very encouraging and this year we are very sure that it will be a full outing.”
He stated that during the fair, besides staff of ABUCCIMA, temporary jobs are going to be created for young people who will perform different activities and exhibitors themselves who are coming from outside can employ the local youths to work for them in their stands and “at the end of it some get permanent employment.
“We also have seen a situation where these firms stay back to establish one business or the other. The main purpose is to generate interest in our economy and at the end boost job creation and reduce unemployment”.
Speaking on the security at the venue of the fair, Wenegieme said the place will be well guarded as security committees will be constituted comprising of Nigerian Police, Civil Defence, Nigerian Army, SSS as well as private security outfits.
On the problem of power outage, he said so much has been put into procuring a heavy duty generating set to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the duration of the fair.
On the expectations from the outcome of the fair, the DG said though there will be financial benefits; the main purpose of the fair is to expose the Abuja business potential to the outside world.
“So, people come in to see what opportunities are here. Our own people have the opportunity of meeting foreign investors, discuss with them, network and that has in fact attracted many people to Abuja,” he said.
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