Stories by Ayodele Samuel, Lagos
Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) yesterday confirmed that more than 15 countries will participate at this year’s International Trade Fair slated for between the 7th and 16th of next month.
Chairman, Trade Promotion Board of LCCI, Dr Micheal Olawale-Cole however said they will not allow participants from some West African countries currently devastated by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) such as Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Olawale-Cole said the fair has enjoyed more popularity and patronage by the day within the international business community. According to him, the recognition of Nigeria as Africa’s largest economy has impacted positively on the fair.
“As at today, we have confirmed registration from China, Japan,
Taiwan, Vietnam, Cameroun, Argentina, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, India and the European Union delegation.”
Olawale-Cole said the theme is “Promoting the Nigerian Economy as a Preferred Investment Destination”. He argued that with the latest rebasing of the economy, it has become imperative to further expose the potentials of the nation’s economy to both indigenous and international business people.
According to him, the fair is intended to provide economic and commercial bridges between local and international investors, as the chamber is committed to provide a platform to broaden the horizon and scope of investment opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors. On security, he pledged the provision of good security cover for all visitors and exhibitors alike. He said: “We have engaged reputable security firm, which shall work in close collaboration with the Nigerian Police and the Federal Fire Service. We shall engage the services of anti-bomb and anti-terrorism units of the Nigeria Police in addition to the deployment of closed circuit television (CCTV) camera for surveillance around all locations of the fair arena.
This is in addition to working with relevant ministries and agencies to ensure free vehicular movement.