The first Kogi State ‘Made in Nigeria’ trade fair and exhibition will commence in Lokoja on Monday.
The exhibition is organized by Kogi Shippers Association and the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), Kogi State Chapter, working in collaboration with the Kogi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KOCCIMA) and M² Global Multi Vista Resources.
This was contained in a press release signed by her Deputy President and Co- chairman LOC, Chief Femi Ajisafe, made available to journalists in Lokoja on Saturday.
The trade fair which is scheduled to hold at the President Muhammadu Buhari Square Lokoja, between the 20th and 30th November 2022 is being supported by Nigerian Shippers Council and Kogi state government to open windows of opportunity for local entrepreneurs, processors and manufacturers of made in Nigeria products to national and international markets, as well as improve processing practices through value addition in order to meet international standards and certification.
According to Ajisafe, besides serving as windows of opportunities for our entrepreneurs to explore national and international market places, it will equally attract large stream of participants from corporate organizations, individual investors and manufacturers, including policy makers, businessmen and women.
He added that the exhibition will also enable participants to showcase made in Nigeria exportable products in foods/agriculture, fashion/textiles and industrial goods in the state.
The event will also promote interface of producers and marketers of made in Nigeria products.
“The exhibition will facilitate the linkage of SME operators to domestic and export market operators, enhance access of local foods/agricultural processors and manufacturers of made in Nigeria products into the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), to boost Nigeria’s share of non-oil export receipt.
“It will attract the attention of government at all levels to the promotion of indigenous products and services in the development of SMEs and wealth creation/youth empowerment in the state.
“We therefore implore our business people and entrepreneurs take advantage of this special leverage to broaden and deepen market capture for made in Nigeria products, nationally and internationally,” he said.