Nigeria plans country pavilion at Intra-African Trade Fair

The federal government has announced plans to take a country pavilion at the Intra-African (IATF) being organised by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in Cairo from 11 to 17 December, 2018.
Vice President, Prof.
Yemi Osinbajo, who made the announcement during an engagement session on the IATF co-organised by Afreximbank and the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), said that Nigeria would participate effectively in the and would use it as an opportunity to showcase its trade and investment opportunities.
In June, South Africa announced that it would take a country pavilion.
“We believe that the Trade Fair will provide an opportunity for Nigeria to engage with other countries and investors who are interested in partnering with Nigeria to support the “Zero Oil Policy” to reposition the Nigerian economy,” said Prof.
Osinbajo, who was represented by Rahman Adeola Ipaye, Deputy Chief of Staff in the Nigerian Presidency.
He urged Nigerian companies and states to book space at the trade fair in order to showcase their unique goods and services, asking them to spread word about the trade fair to their networks so as to ensure that Nigeria was properly represented.
Also speaking, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Governor of Jigawa State of Nigeria, said that there was need to reinforce the collective belief that African economic liberation could only be realized by and within the African continent.
Represented by Ibrahim Hassan, Deputy Governor of the state, Alhaji Abubakar, who is also Chairman National Committee on Export Promotion of the National Economic Council, said that Nigeria was committed to leveraging on the opportunities to be created by the trade fair to expand its continental trade.
Earlier, Kanayo Awani, Managing Director of the Intra-African Trade Initiative at Afreximbank, said that the aim of the IATF was to close the gap on access to trade and market information in Africa, adding that the trade fair would create a sustainable platform for connecting buyers and sellers across Africa.
Also speaking, Olusegun Awolowo, Executive Director of NEPC, said that the IATF would enable Nigeria to tap its export potential with the rest of Africa.

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