The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said the recent rebasing of the country’s Gross Domestic Product which makes the economy the largest in Africa, has generated increased interest in the Lagos International Trade Fair.
The rebasing which was done earlier this year, had put the country’s GDP at $510bn, the highest on the continent.
The chamber, in a statement signed by its Vice President and Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, organisers of the fair, Dr. Michael Olawale-Cole, said the LCCI had been receiving requests for participation from both regular and new foreign exhibitors since the rebasing outcome was made public.
He said the exhibitors expressed the desire to take advantage of the benefits offered by Africa’s biggest economy.
“They are eager to enter into business relationship with prospective local partners. This becomes particularly germane with the new status of Nigeria since her classification by Ernst and Young as one of the top three economies in Africa to invest in,” he said.
According to him, everything is being put in place to ensure a successful outing as well as the best fair in 2014.
He stated that in furtherance of this, he recently led a delegation of the Trade Promotion Board officials to China.
“The team held discussions with a world-renowned trade exhibition company, CMEC International Exhibition Company as well as officials of marquee tent manufacturers, Liri Tent in Zhuhai,” he said.
He said the delegation included the Chairman, Marketing, Publicity and Protocol, Mr. Kehinde Amao; Chairman, Technical Committee, Mr. Funmi Banjoko and Director, Membership and Trade Promotion, Mr. Dele Alimi.
Olawale-Cole stated that the LCCI decided to purchase its own marquee tents from China as part of its efforts to scale up the quality of facilities at the Fair.
He said the 2014 Fair would hold between 7th and 16th November in Lagos with the theme, ‘Promoting the Nigerian Economy as a Preferred Investment Destination’.