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The Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) said on Thursday that six countries – Japan and Indonesia, the United States of America, South Africa, Ghana and Turkey.
have indicated interest to participate in its forthcoming 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.

The fair according, to the chamber will hold from Friday 16th March to Monday 26th March, 2018.

President of ECCIMA, Mr. Emeka Udeze, who briefed journalists at the Chamber’s Complex in Enugu said the fair with the theme, ‘Engendering the Competitiveness of Nigerian Products in the Global Market’, will be declared open by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He noted that several other indigenous firms have also shown interest in participating in the fair.

Udeze stressed the need for the diversification of the nation’s economy in order to fully revitalise the economy, insisting that the obvious dependence on oil had become a major challenge to the country.

He said: “The Agricultural Sector will continue to receive attention in our specially designated area during the Fair aimed at boosting indulgence in Agricultural production and commercial farming, more so as it remains a critical sector towards our diversification efforts, so also for the mining/solid mineral sector, with focus on the linkages and value chain benefits.

“As part of our efforts to boost the success of the Fair, we shall as it is strategic, visit some selected institutions and organisations for sensitisation and consolidating our network and reach marketing programme”.

Udeze stressed that ECCIMA cutting edge remains her efforts towards enhancing the special designated area in the Fair complex for the exhibition of new products, prototypes, innovations and research findings for commercialisation.

The ECCIMA president announced that the chamber had taken measures to boost infrastructure inside the Fair ground, including reinforcement of the electricity distribution.