A 9-day NEPAD exhibition on course in Abuja, Nigeria
A nine-day NEPAD-AFRICA (Oct.23- 31) Trade Fair of Indigenous Products and Services with the theme: “DISCOVER AFRICA” Is on the way in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Exhibition which involves the fifty two African Countries including Sierra Leone is taking place at the “Eagle Square” in Abuja, Nigeria.
According to Chief Executive Officer of African Trade Centre Prince Oddy Nwaubani who also doubles as Vice Chairman Trade Fair Organizing Committee, “the trade fair was conceived to facilitate the attainment of NEPAD local content development drive and capacity building. “The Trade Fair is designed to showcase, promote and expose locally made products. It is also designed to bring indigenous manufacturers and companies together to showcase their products, and equally encourage partnership, joint venture initiatives, and improvement in quality goods production, packaging and service delivery and further enhance cooperation between Africa Nations, manufacturers and other stakeholders.”
“Our intention and part of the expected derivable through this process is to encourage local content development, facilitate Intra-Regional Trade interactions, showcase Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) potentials for regional co-operation and equally expose non-oil products and services for export with a view to promoting competitiveness and recognition in the global market”.
While other African Countries were able to showcase their respective products, Sierra Leone’s potential investment area including Agriculture, Tourism, Marine, Mining etc., were judiciously pictured. The country’s friendly investment climate, reformed business laws and Breton Woods and partners ratings were also exposed through the availability of a brief on the investment code. The availability of detailed reader friendly information, package by the Sierra Leone High Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, was greatly appreciated by visitors to the stand.
Officially declaring the NEPAD trade fair open, Nigeria’s Vice President Architect Namadi Sambo described the trade fair as a golden opportunity to interact and exchange useful ideas that can strengthen Africa’s determination on its path to transformation.
He said the theme “Discover Africa” directs our attention to what is worth examining our past in order to encourage and motivate us Africans and Africans in Diaspora to burst forward in our quest for transformation. “We not only need to take on board what is useful and creative in our discovery but we also need to acquire knowledge, new techniques and appropriate technologies that are essential for realization of NEPAD vision and mission of shared ownership and partnership.
“I invite you as guests and participants to take advantage of the vast opportunities provided by the novel initiative to continue to change the face of Africa for the best. “We must – as Africans and with Partners – WALK THE TALK together. “It is indeed a privilege to declare open the first NEPAD/AFRICA Trade Fair of indigenous products to the benefit of mankind,” said Nigeria’s Vice President Architect Namadi Sambo.
Pasco Gerald Temple, Information Attaché, Sierra Leone High Commission, Abuja, Nigeria
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