As part of his efforts to boost agriculture and improve technological
expertise of artisans in Ekiti State, the State Governor, Mr Ayodele
Fayose has travelled to Guangzhou, China to attend the 119th China
Import and Export Fair otherwise known as the Canton Fair between
April 14 and 19.

The governor has only travelled out of the country twice since he
assumed office in October 2014 and this trip to China, which was
projected six months ago, will be his third trip outside Nigeria.

Unlike President Mohammadu Buhari’s trip to China that is aimed at
borrowing $2 billion, Governor Fayose’s trip to China is aimed at
seeking partnership with prospective Chinese Investors and technical
experts without committing the State to any loan.

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Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New
Media, Lere Olayinka, who made this known in a release issued in
Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, said the governor will hold talks with
prospective investors in mechanised farming, experts in skill
acquisition, particularly training in the area of perfect finishing in
building construction as well as experts in auto-repairs modern

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The Canton Fair, which is held biannually in Guangzhou every spring
and autumn, with a history of 59 years since 1957 attracts various
types of business activities such as economic and technical
cooperations and exchanges.

In its ongoing efforts in diversification of the economy of the State,
Ekiti State is scheduled to hold an Agricultural Summit in May, as
part of the government’s efforts to revive agriculture and make it the
mainstay of the economy of the State.

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Olayinka said apart from scheduled bilateral talks on Agriculture,
Governor Fayose will also take advantage of the Canton Fair to hold
talks with technical experts on training and technological exchange
programmes for artisans in the State as part of his plan to get
technical support for the proposed Artisans Village to be built in
Ado-Ekiti, the State capital.

The governor’s spokesperson emphasised that he (Governor Fayose) will
only be seeking for partnership with prospective Chinese Investors and
technical experts without committing the State to any loan.