The 12th edition of the Abuja international trade fair organised by the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) ended on Saturday, 7th October with the organisers saying they have contributed immensely in accelerating economic development.
The closing ceremony which took place at the chamber’s facility located on Km8 airport road, saw several exhibitors clinching various prizes and special recognitions.
During the ceremony, the incoming President of the chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode reiterated the commitment of the chamber to continuously bring investors, inventors, sellers, buyers and service providers together.
He thanked all who participated in the ceremony for demonstrating a high sense of commitment to the development of the country’s economy pointing out that, in the course, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SmES) have played a key role.
The former four time minister said he is with the utmost belief that a lot of ideas were exchanged between the exhibitors and visitors.
“The purpose of the fair is to promote accelerated development of commerce and industry which I hope has manifested at the end of the fair.
“It gladdens my heart that, when we visited some exhibitor stands, a lot of innovations were noticed. I strongly commend such exhibitors. This indicates that a lot of innovations have been embarked upon by key agencies, small and medium enterprises in our great country. Such innovations are worth emulation.
“At this point, I want to particularly recognise and appreciate the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) whose Director General was with us at the opening. And who, among other agencies, companies have agreed to tentatively enter into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the chamber for further development and commercialisation of their activities”, he stressed.
He encouraged exhibitors and participants to understand that ACCI is ready to partner with them for the development of commerce and industry maintaining that the doors of the chamber remains wide open for further engagement even after the fair.
He called for a cooperative attitude to be extended to government policies in the area of economic development plans in the same manner as he enjoined government to take the private sector as critical partners.
“The Organised Private Sector (OPS) is ready to help create jobs and opportunities and expand economic growth”.
In his vote of thanks, the Director General of the chamber, Mr. Chijioke Ekechukwu thanked all those who sacrificed and indeed contributed in various ways to ensure the huge success of the event.
The fair which commenced on the 21st September had the theme, “Returning Nigeria to the Path of Sufficiency through Non-oil export” and featured about 229 exhibitors from Nigeria, other African countries and beyond.
The fair also saw the appearance of several agencies, States and companies on their respective special days.
Several prizes were presented to companies, government agencies, private investors and other categories of in non oil sector. Such included: Dangote, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Ndubest Limited, Zenith Bank, Covenant University, Printway, Welco industries Pakistan, Pension Commission (PenCom), Federal Inland revenue services and Nasco.
In addition, all participants received certificates of participation.