By Sunday Oyinloye
All roads lead to International Trade and Convention Centre, Airport Road, Abuja, Nigeria tomorrow as the 15th Abuja International Trade Fair kicks off.
Thousands of visitors are expected physically and visually from many African countries and other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, USA, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, and China.
Over 500 exhibitors from within and outside Nigeria and from all sectors of the economy including Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining, Electricity, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Textile, Transport, Telecommunications, Financial and the Service sectors are expected at the Fair.
The event put together by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) will run till 4th of December, 2020.
This year’s Trade Fair, with the theme: “Trade and commerce beyond borders” is aimed at using trade to boost Nigeria’s economy and by extension, economies of other African nations.
Over the years, Abuja International Trade Fair has been a great platform for international and domestic industries, leading brands and SMEs to come together to transact, share market insights, cutting edge technology and expertise in an interactive environment.
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has always provided a platform for sharing of trade, investment and market opportunities as well as information.
According to a press statement signed by the Media officer of ACCI, Latifat Opoola, the 15th Abuja International Trade Fair will kick start the introduction of a better platform for business networking.
The statement reads in part” With a team of trade professionals, we are committed to providing a conducive trading environment for our exhibitors, which will lead to the strategies and tactics needed to innovate, grow and promote businesses
“The Fair will also help buyers, investors and traders to foster business relationships that have been strained due to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic”
This year’s event, in compliance with the COVID-19 protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force will only showcase indoor and virtual exhibitions to ensure a controlled environment in line with the protocol.
The Trade Fair was earlier postponed as a result of the ENDSARS protests.