Anambra TRADE FAIR 2016 Begins.
The Long Awaited Anambra Trade Fair tagged ” The Jubilee Fair” was kicked off on Friday at the Popular Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, The Anambra State Capital with over 100 Exhibitors at the fair ground displaying their products.
The 2016 Fair with the theme ““To harness Anambra’s Natural Resources for Non-oil Exports, as a world-class Trade Hub” is the maiden edition aimed at bringing all Businesses from Anambra’s three city chambers of Onitsha, Nnewi and Awka Together to a fertile business ground such that investors will be attracted to the state
Tagged “The Jubilee fair”, the 2016 Trade fair is organized to mark the 25th Anniversary of Anambra State.
The Fair Organized by the Association of Anambra Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mining, and Agriculture has gone through series of planning and organization to make it a World-class trade fair such as those obtainable in other major cities across the continent.
Speaking to News men on Thursday at the fair Ground,
Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, a member of the committee and President of the Awka Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture, stated that all arrangements have been concluded on the exhibition.
The 10-day fair which began today, Friday, November 25, 2016 will end on the 4th of December.
Nwobu said the exhibition promised to showcase predominantly Nigerian-made goods, as only a few foreign firms have registered to exhibit at the fair.
He said there would have been more exhibitors but that those who had earlier indicated interest to participate withdrew, complaining about poor access to foreign exchange.
“They complained that they could not build up inventories due to poor access to forex and imported raw materials.
“The recession greatly affected our programmes as most of the prospective exhibitors pulled out at the last minute because they said they do not have products to exhibit.
“The poor access to foreign exchange has made some exhibitors to back out, but nonetheless, about 100 of them have registered and paid for stands.
“As we planned it, Nigerian-made goods and services will dominate the exhibition.
“We expect patrons from across Nigeria and beyond to come and see the strength of productive ingenuity of our people,” Nwobu said
Meanwhile,The Planning Committee Chairman, Mr. Sunny Nwachukwu (FICCON) revealed that the Fair is expected to hold annually with the aim of helping small and medium enterprises to come to the fore and take part from the rich business aura that the fair will create.
-Written By Chikwendu Wisdom.