Abuja - The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and
Industry Limited (ABUCCI) says more than 200 exhibitors have registered to
participate in Abuja international trade fair, holding from Sept. 18 to Oct. 2.
The space allocation Manger and Site Engineer of ABUCCI, Mr
Tony Amehor , made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on Friday in Abuja.
NAN reports that several exhibitors are making final
arrangements at their various stands at the fair ground.
The fair which has its theme as ``Entrepreneurship as a
Panacea for Economic Growth’’, is designed to create a coherent and
comprehensive business network.
It is also designed to be a centre for business information
where local and international products will be showcased.
Amehor said that over 200 exhibitors, consisting of local
and international exhibitors with different lines of business interests, had
shown interest in the fair.
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"We have people from different countries represented here,
people from Europe, Asia, Africa, they are all here to showcase their
products," he said.
According to him, preliminary activities have commenced and
many exhibitors are still being expected as the registration of intending
exhibitors is on-going.
Amehor said ABUCCI had introduced innovations in the 2015
fair to improve on past achievements.
He said that the management of the chamber was adhering to a
pre-designed floor allocation plan to ensure orderliness at the fair ground.
"We have drawn this layout and we are following strictly
the plan so that we do not allow exhibitors to go beyond their allotted
spaces,’’ he said.
Amehor said the plan was to ensure the smooth operation of
sectorial arrangements of products at the fair.
He said the management of ABUCCI had made adequate
arrangements for the safety of participants and their products.
"We have the various security agencies represented here,
the Department of State Security Services and the Nigerian Police, the
military, they are here to ensure the success of the fair.``
He said sub-letting and sale of stands had been eradicated.
"This time, we had pre-briefing and told them that
sub-letting is a crime and offence.
"We actually made them to sign that they will abide by the
rules and regulation of the chamber by not selling the allotted stand,’’ he
Amehor said the chamber had made provision for sanitary
facilities for the public and expressed optimism that the fair would be unique
given the level of preparations made.
Mrs Suban Mosalawa, an exhibitor, said she was satisfied
with the arrangement made so far and expressed hope that the changes introduced
would boost economic activities at the fair.
"The expectation is high, because there is a new
arrangement, change is taking place at the trade fair.
"The way they arranged us is different from the previous
years. I am expecting a high patronage at the fair
"Because it is sallah break (holiday), we expect people to
come and pick up what they want at a very reasonable rate," she said.
She called on the chamber to improve its publicity network
for the fair.