… Says state determined to attract more investors
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, has formally declared the 30th Enugu International Trade Fair open, with an appeal to the federal government to support basic infrastructural development at the Enugu Trade Fair Complex and make the environment conducive for exhibitors and buyers.
The governor, represented by his deputy, Hon. (Mrs) Cecelia Ezeilo, urged the federal government to upgrade the Enugu Trade Fair Complex to attain the same level of quality as the Trade Fair Complex in Lagos and Kaduna.
Noting that Enugu is now rated second among states in the federation on the Ease of Doing Business scale, he said: “We are improving the Ease of Doing Business to attract more investors to the state.”
In his goodwill message, the minister of industry, trade and investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, who was himself represented by Emeka Ifezuluike, a senior special adviser in the ministry, said the theme of this year’s fair – “Promoting and Enhancing Value Addition in the Oil and Non-Oil Sector for Robust Economic Growth And Development” – was apt and consistent the change mantra of the present administration.
“Our economic polilicies are geared towards promoting and enhancing value addition in the oil and non-oil sectors of the economy for robust economic growth and development, as well as creating a conducive business climate to enhance investment inflow and indutrialization,” he said, adding that it was aimed at ensuring made-in-Nigeria products compete favourably with other products in the global market.
The minister disclosed that the government had in a bid to develop and promote the activities of MSMEs expanded the number of participating agencies, with the inclusion of the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC).
Earlier in a welcome address, the president of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Sir Emeka Udeze, noted that “despite all the challenges facing us in hosting trade fairs in this complex, we have been able to hold successfully nine editions from the the 21st – 29th and yet gladly this year, the 30th edition.”
He said that they went an extra mile to task themselves through credit leveraging to asphalt parts of the internal roads in the complex for more amenable environment to host our esteemed and highly valued participants and visitors at the fair. ”
The president appealed to the federal government to optimize development of the Enugu international trade fair complex as with the case of that of Lagos and Kaduna trade fairs complexes.”
He described the theme of the fair as timely, pointing out that “This is the time for both the public and private sectors to seriously and meaningfully engage each other in removing the bureaucratic bottlenecks and over regularization by government agencies, to support the growth of the Small and Medium Enterprises and indeed, the industrial sector. They remain the bedrock of our productivity and output towards stabilizing the economy.”
There were goodwill messages from Iyalode Alaba Lawson, national president of Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA). She was represented by Humphrey Ngonadi, chairman, Association of Anambra Chamber of Commerce.
Other goodwill messages were given by the director-general, Enugu State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Sir Emeka Okereke.
The Fair which commenced on April 5 runs till April 15.