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LCCI hopeful of new linkages as over 500,000 visitors, exhibitors attend fair


Board Member, Trade Promotion, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Abiodun Oladapo (left); Chairperson, Marketing and Publicity Committee, Mrs. Bunmi Onafowokan-Obadina; Vice Chairman, (LCCI), Gabriel Idahosa and Head, Corporate Communications, Segun Alabi at the briefing on the 2018 International Trade Fair in Lagos…yesterday. PHOTO: FEMI ADEBESIN-KUTI

As the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) finalises plans for this year’s edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF), the organisers of the fair have stated that over 500,00 visitors and 2000 exhibitors are expected at the fair this year.

Besides, the chamber noted that the various reforms it embarked upon would increase opportunities for business linkages and inflow of investments into the country, as against the experience in previous years.

According to the chamber, some of the big changes expected at this year’s fair border on automation of booking of space and registration for participation, review of exhibitors’ rules, especially as it relates to environmental activities, improved sectorisation of exhibition area and upgrade of facilities and security arrangement.

Indeed, the chamber stated that the fair will not only promote trade, but also aid inflow of investments in the country through partnerships among exhibitors.

Specifically, the Organisers of the 2018 Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF), LCCI announced that this year’s fair, scheduled to hold from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 11th November, 2018 at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, is aimed at supporting Nigeria’s quest to achieve a virile industrialised economy by providing a platform for the nation’s industrial, manufacturing, agriculture, solid minerals and service sectors.

The Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, LCCI, Gabriel Idahosa said this year’s fair, seeks to connect businesses and create value for stakeholders and it is apt and timely in the face of the current economic realities which underscores the need for diversification and inter-sectoral synergy.

Idahosa, while addressing journalists yesterday, said the exhibition, like others in the time past, will enjoy foreign participation, while efforts have been made to ensure investment opportunities are created in a bid to deepen bilateral ties.

“So far, our exhibitors have been taking the advantage of our automated website to register, pay and book for the space of their choices.

The process has been designed to be seamless and friendly. Almost all the available spaces have been booked.

This, you can verify if you register on our website. To this end, registration and booking of spaces will close on Monday 15th October 2018 to enable us to carry out the final plans.

“On noise pollution, the use of music gadgets in exhibitors’ stands will not be allowed. Our Central Public Address system will be made available to disseminate information and light music to make the environment welcoming. The objective is to raise the profile of the fair”, he added.

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