​500,000 expected at Lagos International Trade Fair

The fair, with the theme: “Promoting industriali-sation from economic recovery and sustainable growth”, Oyetayo said, is expected to attract over 200,000 exhibitors from 200 countries, including about 500,000 visitors.
He said the theme was germane, given the economic realities that require the support of stakeholders for the recovery and sustainability of the economy.
He asked the Federal Government to ensure an enabling environment for industries and commerce to thrive.
Oyetayo said a new feature of this year’s fair was the provision of a platform for the industrial and service sectors to interact with players in the economy.
Others are the planned business-to-business meeting, secondary school essay competition and the Lagos creative industry. Oyetayo said the organisers targeted  creative industry sector because of its capacity to impact positively on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
On the business clinics, he said,  banks and investment houses have been encouraged to take advantage of the business clinic to create an interactive session with Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).
He said this would enlighten operators on the growing trend in technology in the delivery of quality service to customers.
He said they went far to ensure that locally-manufactured products were given the pride of place and not to be subsumed by international exhibitors.
On security, he said, they were working with the anti-bomb, riot and kidnap squad in addition to providing 24-hour security with CCTVs.
He said his office had accepted offers from the European Union, Japan, China, South Korea, North America and Turkey.
Others are South Africa, Ghana, and the Republic of Benin.
This year’s fair is billed to hold in November.

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