The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) says that the annual Abuja International Trade Fair (#AITF), targeting 500 local and foreign exhibitors, will hold from Nov. 24 to Dec. 4.
The trade fair was earlier postponed as a result of the mayhem that trailed the #EndSARS protests.
A statement by Latifat Opoola, Media Officer of the ACCI, on Sunday in Abuja said that the Fair, which has “Trade and Commerce Beyond Borders” as its theme, was aimed at using trade to boost Nigeria’s and Africa’s trade within and beyond borders of the continent.
“In compliance with the COVID-19 protocols put in place by the Presidential Task Force, the event will only showcase indoor and virtual exhibitions,” she, however, said.
According to her, this is to make room for a controlled environment that will ensure compliance with the extant COVID-19 measures.
“Over the years, Abuja International Trade Fair has been an amazing trade platform for international and domestic industries, leading brands and MSMEs to come together to transact, share market insights, cutting-edge technology and expertise in an interactive environment.
“The ACCI has, over the years, provided a platform for sharing of trade, investment and market opportunities as well as information, and this year’s event will kick-start the introduction of a better platform for business networking.
“The Fair will also help buyers, investors and traders to foster business relationships that have been strained due to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.
“Over 500 exhibitors from within and outside Nigeria and from all sectors of the economy are expected to participate in the Fair.
“The exhibitors are expected from Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining, Electricity, Oil and Gas, Tourism, Textile, Transport, Telecommunications, Financial and the Service sectors,” she said.
Opoola said that thousands of visitors from various African countries and other parts of the world were expected to participate both physically and virtually.
“Participants from the UK, U.S.A, India, Malasyia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, and China will also be at the Fair.
“With a team of trade professionals, we are committed to providing a conducive trading environment for our exhibitors, which will lead to the strategies and tactics needed to innovate, grow and promote businesses,” she said.