By Umar Bayo Abdulwahab
Manufacturers and investors from the Peoples Republic of China, Germany, Netherlands and Brazil have indicated their interests to participate in the Kwara state’s 7th Trade Fair.
Similarly, some countries from Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) have also shown interest in participating in the Fair billed to hold in March, this year.
The Trade Fair is being organised by the Kwara Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA), in partnership with an indigenous firm, Anista Marketing and Events Limited.
Briefing newsmen in Ilorin at on coming trade fair, the KWACCIMA president, Alhaji Ahmed Raji, said the Fair, themed, “Development of Small and Medium Enterprise, a Panacea for the Growth and Development of Nigeria,” would host over 100 local and international manufacturing industries.
Raji, who was represented at the event by his deputy, Mr. Abdulfatah Ayodimeji, said the Fair was aimed at bringing to fore the importance of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the state.
He said the Fair “is aimed to promote potentials of the largely agrarian state,” adding that Kwara state served as thehome of raw materials for agro-based manufacturing, pharmaceutical, paper manufacturing and furniture, among others.
Raji, who also called on the three tiers of government in the country to pay special attention to the MSMEs in order to contribute to national growth and development, added that the MSMEs were capable of complementing governments’ efforts at enhancing economic growth and development of Nigeria.
Also speaking, the MD/CEO of partnering outfit, Anista Marketing and Events Limited, Patience Barshep, said the partnership had potentials to galvanise the state economy into international level.