The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) has announced that its 33rd International Trade Fair would hold between March 25 and April 4, 2022.
This was disclosed on Wednesday by the President of ECCIMA, Sir Emaka Nwandu during the launch of the 33rd Enugu International Trade Fair Catalogue and Magazine.
The theme of the Fair is, “Opening up Nigerian Business Windows for Competitiveness in the Emerging Global Market”.
Represented by the First Deputy Vice President of ECCIMA, Mr Jasper Nduagwuike, the President announced that exhibitors and their wares would be fully insured during the fair.
He said that such insurance policy would cover bodily injuries and loss or damage on goods displayed within the trade fair complex.
He said that the move was aimed at assisting exhibitors who had such bodily injuries and or incurred such damages or loss of goods to mitigate the impact of such occurrence.
The President equally called on the Federal Government to reopen the international wing of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, stressing that “the continuous closure had a lot of implications on the economic fortunes of the Southeast zone.”
He revealed that no fewer than 250 exhibitors, including foreign participants, would be expected during the fair.
According to him, “We are doing a number of things to ensure that the trade fair is better organised and more participants attend. The exercise will be fully insured to protect exhibitors and their wares.”
The President said that a number of foreign participants who were interested in the economic climate in the South-East were expected to attend the fair.
“We decided to start preparations for the 33rd Enugu International Trade Fair on good time in order to create the needed awareness.
We are hopeful that the exercise will have more indoor activities in order to make it more convenient for participants and exhibitors to interact,” he noted.
Responding to questions from journalists on the state of infrastructure at the complex, he said the ECCIMA had continued to engage the Federal Government over the worrisome situation.
He said that four different delegations from the Federal Ministry of Industry had recently visited the complex to access the level of development in order to know areas of intervention.
He, therefore, called on the Federal Government to expedite actions in the development of the trade fair complex just as it did in Kaduna and Lagos.
He said that the organisation of the trade fair needed to be viewed in its national context as an exercise that would display the economic potentials of the country.
“ECCIMA is just the host of the trade fair displaying Nigeria to the world. Therefore, we need to carry out the exercise in a conducive environment,” Nduagwuike said.