35Th Enugu Int’l trade fair ends with Enugu Govt assuring an improved ease-of-doing business

The 35Th Enugu International trade fair which started on April 5,2024, has come to a close with the Enugu State Government saying that it is doing all within its ability to ensure further improvement on Ease-of-Doing-Business within the state and ensuring it becomes number one investors’ destination.

The state’s Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Industry, Adaora Chukwu, said this on Monday at the Enugu State Special Day at the 35th Enugu International Trade Fair and the closing ceremony of the fair.

Represented by Mrs Catharine Okeke, Head of Administration of the state Ministry of Trade, Investment and Industry, Chukwu said the Dr Peter Mbah-led administration was striving to grow the economy of state through creating a friendly environment for all investors.

Pix- ECCIMA,Enugu and Federal Govt team

She said: “Our amiable Governor is creating a window of opportunities and promised to partner with the organised private sector in the state to ensure steady economic growth.

“The organised private sectors should equally support the state government’s initiative of creating conducive business environment for sustainable growth of the economy, which is one of the cardinal goals and objectives of the current administration in reducing poverty rate.”

The commissioner also said that the state government was not resting on its decision to make Enugu State the safest and reference place for business investment and profitability.

Pix- ECCIMA president,Sir Odeiga Jideonwo

She said the state government was currently retooling its youths and school children with new Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for them to brace-up for global competitive challenges in the international labour market.

She commended the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mining and Agriculture ( ECCIMA) for the successful hosting and well-coordination of the trade fair as well as showing the rich hospitality of Enugu State to the rest of the world.

“Indeed, you have done the state proud again and continued to rise the bar of your success record; with the successful hosting of the 35th Enugu International Trade Fair,” Chukwu said.

Pix- Catherine Okeke , representative of Commissioner for trade and investment

Earlier, the President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Chief Odeiga Jideonwo, commended the Enugu State Government for its tremendous contributions to success of the fair.

He thanked the state Governor, Peter Mbah for personally taking up the demands of the chambers for the fair; adding that within few weeks, the state government constructed over two kilometre internal roads at the fair ground

The Governor provided a gigantic air-conditioned tent and approved for exhibitors from its ministries, agencies and departments to fully utilize it to showcase products manufactured in the state, its rich agriculture produce and natural minerals,” he said.

Pix- Gana Tuayeringha, Director of trade, Federal ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment(L).

ECCIMA President also lauded major sponsors and partners of the fair for contributing to its huge success, adding that Dangote Group and Monie-point had done exceptionally well.

I must not fail to thank the over 100 companies, government establishments and other groups that exhibited at the fair for this eleven days.

While I assure them that next year’s fair will be richer as we are planning to make it more convenient with more air-conditioned tents and less spending for all exhibitors,” he said.

Pix- Exhibition at Enugu state stand

Jideonwo announced April 4 to April 14, 2025 as date for the 36Th Enugu International trade fair.

Declaring the fair closed, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Nura Rimi,

Commended the hard work, industry and dedication of Enugu Chamber of Commerce members leading to the huge success of the fair.

Pix- ECCIMA President,Odeiga Jideonwo (m)

Represented by the Director of Trade, Gana Tuayeringha, said the Federal Government was paying more emphasis on the promotion of locally made-in-Nigeria products and services.

He urged local manufacturers to ensure that their products do not compromise on standards in order for the products to strive in the international market starting with the continent market.

“We have to take the issue of standard very serious to see that our locally produced products gain international acceptance and market as well as compete favourably with other brands internationally.

Pix- Some dignatries at the event

Pix- Dancers from Omenka cultural dance group, entertaining the guests

“II also urge Enugu State Government to do more to increase local productivity in the state especially in agro-allied products the state have comparative advantage over other states in the country,” he said.

Pix- Exhibition at Enugu stand

He thanked God and ECCIMA members for a successful and hitch-free trade fair and declared the fair closed.

The fair, which began on April 5, 2024, , is themed: “Promoting made-in-Nigeria products for global competitiveness.”

Author- Maureen Ikpeama



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