Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
The president of Coalition of South-South Chamber of Industry, Mines and Agriculture [FOSSCCIMA], Billy Gillis-Harry has said over 500 local and foreign exhibitors are expected at the maiden trade fair of the chamber
Gillis-Harry was speaking against the backdrop of the first south-south international trade fair which is billed to come up from the 10th to 30th April 2016 at the Isaac Boro park in Port Harcourt.
He said the theme of the trade fair is “Growing the south-south economy to establish enduring peace and security of the region to impact Nigeria.”
The president said the fair, which will attract different companies from across West Africa to showcase their products will provide jobs for nothing less than 250 youths.
He noted that children are not left out of the fair as over 1000 schools are expected to participate to showcase their talents
“It is a multi-sectoral trade fair, which will provide an ideal and perfect business matchmaking platform for manufacturers, importers, service providers, traders, investors and visitors to meet and discuss business opportunities.
“It will showcase products from the manufacturing industries ranging from food and beverages, garments, textiles and fashion accessories, footwear, gifts and decorative items toys, health and beauty products.
He added: “It will also showcase other products which include household and kitchenware, jewelry and stationery, industrial equipment, electronics, communication equipment and accessories to banking and financial products, insurance.”
According to him, the level of interest from the business community towards the forthcoming Trade fair was encouraging despite growing concerns about the rapid decline in our foreign exchange earnings occasioned by the global fall in oil prices.
“We are expecting over 500 companies from across the country and the West African sub-region especially those with existing businesses and business interests in the region. As well as others wishing to tap and leverage her huge market opportunities and potentials
He said with the theme of the trade fair in mind, FOSSCCIMA is organising the ‘Nights of stars’ a talent hunt project to identify, showcase and most importantly, enable potential young change makers from the region to actualise their talent in the now money-spinning Nigerian entertainment industry.