Nigeria has prepared to host the fourth edition of the ECOWAS and friendly countries trade fair scheduled to hold in Lagos from August 3 to 12.
Organiser of the fair, Ecomarkets, noted that the fair with the theme, ‘Intra-African Trade: The Right Direction for Economic Integration and Regional Development,’ which will hold at the Blue Roof Arena, Lagos Television (LTV) compound, Ikeja.
The fair will attract over 32 African countries, about 90,000 visitors and 1000 exhibitors.
The convener, Sylvester Riicolins, who made the disclosure at the launch of the fair in Lagos, noted that the event had been held in some African countries like Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire twice, adding that it’s a rotational fair.
“From Nigeria, we will move to other African countries. Very soon, we will have it in Ghana and Cameroon if invited.”
Appreciating the sponsors and partners, he said the fair would add another feather to the journey for economic integration and promotion of trade, tourism and culture in the region, adding that Ecofairs was birthed from the desire to create a common business platform for regional entrepreneurs with various activities.
He disclosed that there would be a free malaria tests and treatments for 1000 people daily between the ages of two and 12 years in the 10-day event. “We want to support the eradication of malaria in Africa. So, wherever we go in Africa, it’s part of our programme.
“Today, we are unveiling the Ecofairs in Nigeria. Most of the visitors coming from far and near would want to invest in the country, some will visit the county for the first time. They will want to do a feasibility study and present their products. Some will come back to invest which would boost the economy.
“For SMEs, the booths are affordable so that more can come in and showcase their products.”
Sylvester said one of the aims of the fair is to boost trade, adding that the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and ECOWAS programme go together to facilitate trade between countries in the region.
The Consulate General of Ghana to Lagos, Samata Bukari, said the fairs wouldimprove trade between both countries by facilitating trade and commercial activities that have existed before now.
“Ghana is proud to be in Nigeria. We want to work together as a team of African countries to make AFCFTA work.”