All is now set for the 2019 edition of the annual International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) slated for November 20 to 24 in Abuja.
This time, INAC is set to break new grounds with a record 30 countries participating in the exhibition, which is an upgrade from the 23 counties that exhibited last year.
While the venue for the event remains the FCT exhibition pavilion, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture Segun Runsewe is upbeat that everything is now in place to stage another showpiece, thereby confirming INAC as Nigeria’s number one global exposition.
INAC 2019 will feature countries from virtually every continent of the world in what has become a tradition since the Expo was expanded by Runsewe from African Art and Crafts Expo(AFAC) in 2017 to a global affair.
In an interview with journalists in Abuja, Runsewe disclosed that this year’s INAC aligns with NCAC’s Corporate Social Responsibility and will feature components like free skill acquisition, free medical services, waste to wealth initiative, investment forum and many other aspects aimed at empowering Nigerians.
The NCAC chief expressed satisfaction at the massive mobilization of equipment to the venue including world-class pavilions, a media/ICT centre, mobile toilets, state-of-the-art stage by renowned event management outfit, “I Am” and emergency vehicles all of which will be on ground throughout the duration of the Expo.
The DG assured exhibitors, participants, guests, visitors, foreign nationals and all Nigerians of maximum security following the engagement of the Nigeria Police to provide security.
Dignitaries expected include members of the diplomatic community, top government officials, major public and private stakeholders, industry players, corporate outfits and first class traditional rulers from around the country.