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First e-business fair targets SMEs

16 September 2013, 15:00Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos – Nigeria will next month hold the inaugural e-business trade fair, which organisers said would enlighten small and medium enterprise (SME) business owners on how to use information and communications technologies to enhance their businesses.

The event would be held in Lagos at dates yet to be given.

The organisers, Connect Nigeria, an information search portal, said stakeholders from different industries will gather at the event to also discuss prospects and challenges of conducting business electronically in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of Connect Nigeria, Emeka Okafor, explained in a statement that the idea behind the e-business fair was also to increase awareness, educate society as well as foster the cashless policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) and the numerous opportunities accrued from doing business electronically in the country.

According to him, Connect Nigeria's e-business fair would also be a platform to discuss issues pertaining to online security and how to include Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and remote areas with limited internet access.

“With the growth of broadband internet technology in Nigeria and the emergence of the cashless policy, it is evident that e-commerce will play a crucial role in Nigeria’s economy in the coming years. As an organisation that is built on promoting businesses and information access in Nigeria, we feel obliged to convene this event with the intent to promote Nigeria's place in the global economy,” Okafor explained.

He noted that different organisations would be present at the e-business fair to showcase their brands, products and services as well as enlighten their customers on issues relevant to e-commerce.

– CAJ News


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