Plateau state Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, PLACCIMA, has said with the return of relative peace to Plateau, the chamber is set for 2016 Jos Trade Fair.
PLACCIMA President, Bulus Dareng told journalist in Jos yesterday that the 2016 trade fair would take place from 18th to 29th October at Jos Polo Field and would be attended by local, national and international exhibitors.
“The long silence of not having the trade fair since 2011 was as a result of the crises that engulfed the state.
“If we had organised a trade fair during that period, many people outside the state wouldn’t have come and the aim would have been defeated.
“As it is now Plateau is relatively peaceful, we know that it cannot be completely peaceful because the security situation is all over the country.
He said that the present government is giving the chamber every support it needed and the security situation has greatly improved.
“If we have a barometer we would say that security situation has improved to 80 per cent, and that 80 per cent builds the confidence of people outside who are willing to come.
“The situation is very ripe for the trade fair and the government has given us the confidence that there would be adequate security on ground and people who wants to participate in the fair should not be afraid,” he stated.
Dareng said that the fair which would be the best ever organised on the Plateau if not Nigeria, would further build confidence and expose investors to economic potentials of the state.
The president stressed that the business community would interact with those outside the state with a view to expanding their business scope.
He said that to ensure successful event, the chamber has constituted committees ranging from security to logistics who are working had to ensure that every detail is taken care of.
According to him, the chamber is working with a competent consultant, Anista Marketing and Events Limited that has conducted trade fairs in many parts of the country and was confident of the outcome.

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