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Every year, manufacturers, suppliers, buyers, and consumers of a wide range of goods and services converge in Lagos for the opportunity to be part of arguably Africa’s largest investment and trade promotion. It is none other than the spectacular Lagos International Trade Fair. The first trade fair took place just after the completion of the Eko Hotels and Suites and has since been a much-anticipated event. The fair which is organized by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries (LCCI) and staged with the support and co-operation of the Federal and State Government covers all aspects of commerce and economic activities in Nigeria. The fair, which as usual commenced by the first week of November, started on Friday the 3rd and will be on until Sunday the 12th of November, at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. This theme of this edition is, “promoting industrialization from economic recovery and sustainable growth”. Inspired by the spirit of cultural diversity and convergence, the Lagos creative fair will showcase the creativity of the African arts (creative and performing art) including Music and Nollywood. As part of the celebration of African art, there will be featuring performances by various indigenous and international artists who will grace the event with art and intellectual pieces, rooted in the biggest and best trade exposition in Sub Saharan Africa, The Lagos International Trade Fair. According to Mr. Sola Oyetayo, vice president of the Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF), over 200 foreign exhibitors from more than 15 countries and an average of 500,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s event. Exhibitors that have shown interest so far are coming from China, Japan, Jamaica, Indonesia, Ghana, Ecuador, Egypt, Slovenia, Pakistan, Turkey, Cameroon, Kenya, Singapore, South Africa and the Benin Republic. To add more spice to this event, The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has declared Friday, Nov 10, ‘’Black Friday” as part of the activities at the ongoing Trade Fair. This move by the chamber will attract more visitors to the fair in order to increase sales and business network for the optimal economic growth of Nigeria. Objectives of the fair The main objectives of the fair are to promote the following: . Made in Nigeria products . Agriculture and Agro-based Industry . Evolution of Nigeria’s trade with the outside world . Accelerated development of commerce and industry . Prospects for foreign and local investments in strategic areas .Revitalization and Diversification of the Nigerian economy   Venue: Main Bowl of the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos and adjoining facilities such as the Banquet Hall and the Cricket Pitch. Date: 3rd – 12th Nov 2017.   Featured image credit:  

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This article was first published on 6th November 2017


Frances Okoruwa is a graduate of Linguistics and Communication Studies from the University of Port Harcourt. She is passionate about seeing People and Businesses grow. She writes for fun.

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