Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ABUCCI said it is planning to improve the revenues of exhibitors at the forthcoming Abuja International Trade Fair by 50 per cent through business facilitations by members.
President of the chamber, Mr. Tony Ejikenoye, who dropped the hint at the pre-10th Abuja International Trade Fair conference in Abuja, said the business facilitation with both local and foreign investors.
The business facilitation, he noted would boost networking of various businesses and create an avenue for further steps like closing up of business deals and signing of memoranda of understanding, MoUs among various parties.
Ejinkonye added that the chamber would be riding on the improved security conditions in the country to bring businesses together in its bid to diversify the country’s revenue base and create opportunities for the youths.
He further informed that the trade fair which would take place from September 18 October 2, would target the promotion and growth of industry, as well as concentrating on the promotion of non-oil exports.
The chamber president predicted that more participants would participate in this year’s fair due largely to the nation’s improved security and healthy environment following the recorded feat achieved against Boko Haram insurgents and the dreaded Ebola virus, which he lamented affected 2014 edition of the fair.
“For this year’s exhibition, we are expected to have up to 150 foreign exhibitors because of the peaceful atmosphere we have in the country, unlike the previous year when we have 65 exhibitors only”, he said.
Also, speaking, the First Deputy President of the chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN revealed that more businesses would have opportunities for proper networking as the chamber has prepared the ground for effective collaboration targeted at business facilitating of various businesses.
Kayode said, “This year, we would be leveraging on ICT for the management of the fair, and to promote management of the fare. For instance, we are organising as part of this fair, an international ICT event”.
“Our role is to promote the business of our members. In mining for instance, we intend to expose our members to the opportunities that are available in the country like the Kaolin and others in the mines and steel sector, among others”, he added.
He also hinted that various government agencies with outstanding research findings would also be exhibiting such findings for the business community to advance their commercialisation.

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