The Abuja International Trade Fair (AITF), a multi-sectoral trade event in Nigeria has grown in scope and strength as one of the biggest trade platforms for international and domestic Exhibitors to promote new product lines, access new markets, build new business relationships, display new products, grasp developing trend and communicate face to face with suppliers.
The President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar in a statement on the upcoming 16th AITF with the theme, “Exploring Opportunities of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)”, slated for 30th September to 9th October 2021, said the location of Abuja as the Capital of Nigeria surrounded by 19 Northern states with a one-hour flight from Lagos and every geopolitical zone, makes it more strategic, convenient, and safer to host a large number of both international and local participants.
The Director General ACCI, Victoria Akai also said the theme of this year’s AITF is apt, while stating that business cooperation amongst countries would be in the spirit of AfCFTA and would deepen economic exchange and enhance business prosperity among them.
She also said plans are already in place to ensure that the Fair goes smoothly without any hitch, adding that many exhibitors within and outside Nigeria have registered and more are still registering as the day draws near.
“Everything has been put in place including adherence to COVID-19 protocol for everyone that will participate in the Fair”, she said.
According to a statement by the ACCI Media/Strategy Officer, Olayemi John-Mensah, 250 Exhibitors, including local and international ones are expected to participate in the Trade Fair which is set to offer great business networking and display of new products to shoppers.
She further noted that with over 24,000 Exhibitors and close to 1,000,000 visitors in the fifteen series of staging the Fair, it is no wonder the Fair has already become a ‘must-see’ for those looking for business success in Nigeria and Abuja in particular.
“The platform is designed to promote and strengthen businesses, trade and investment opportunities in the country. It provides a neutral and open atmosphere for blue chip companies, trade groups/associations, government investment/export promotion agencies, institutions and other private sector organizations to engage new business partners for investment/trade relations and conclude business deals.
“For over 15 years, the AITF key success factor has been the increased number of participants and visitors that patronized the event on a yearly basis”, the statement ended.