By Peter Usman
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI has disclosed that the annual Abuja International Trade Fair, #AITF commences from Tuesday, the 24th of November to 4th of December, 2020.
This was disclosed on Monday in a statement issued by the Media Officer, ACCI, Latifat Opoola and made available to our correspondent in Abuja.
Opoola noted that the trade fair was earlier postponed as a result of the mayhem that accompanied the ENDSARS protests.
She said that the Fair will help buyers, investors and traders to foster business relationships that have been strained due to the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the statement, this year’s Fair, with the theme “Trade and Commerce Beyond Borders” is aimed at using trade to boost Nigeria’s and indeed Africa’s trade within and beyond the borders of the continent.
Opoola asserted that the opening ceremony will hold on Thursday the 26th November 2020 at the Abuja Trade & Convention Centre, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Expressway, (Airport Road), Abuja, Nigeria, while the closing ceremony is slated for Friday, 4th of December, 2020 at the same venue.
The statement read in part, “This year’s event, in compliance with the COVID-19 protocol put in place by the Presidential Task Force will only showcase indoor and virtual exhibitions, to make room for a controlled environment that will ensure compliance with COVID Measures.
“Over the years, Abuja International Trade Fair has been an amazing trade platform for the international and domestic industry, leading brands and SMEs to come together to transact, share market insights, cutting edge technology and expertise in an interactive environment.
“The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry 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.
“Over 500 exhibitors from within and outside Nigeria and from all sectors of the economy including Agriculture, Manufacturing, Mining, Electricity, Oil and Gas”
“Thousands of visitors from Nigeria, various African Countries and other countries including the United Kingdom, USA, India, Malasyia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, South Africa, and China are expected to participate both physically and virtually, 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”
The statement further revealed that Tourism, Textile, Transport, Telecommunications, Financial and the Service sectors are expected to participate at the Fair.