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*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Osun state in partnership with OSUCCIMA, DITC, BTGA to host first local government trade fair.
SWIndependentnews.com.ng reports that the Osun State Government in collaboration with the State chapter of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture and BTG Africa with the support of Dagbolu International Trade Centre have concluded arrangements to host the medien   South West Trade Fair starting  from  Nov. 28, 2021 in Osogbo, the Osun State capital.
***From left; Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industry, Cooperative & Empowerment, Dr. Bode Olaonipekun, Secretary to the State Government, Prince Oluwole Oyebamiji, Deputy Governor, Mr. Benedict Gboboyega Alabi, His Excellency, Governor Ishiaka Gboyega Oyetola, Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Adeyanju Abdullah Binuyo, and Head of Service, Dr. Festus Oyebade Olowogboyega…
Dr. Olabode Olaonipekun, Osun State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry Cooperatives and Empowerment, made this known during the unveiling of the Trade Fair Prospectus in Osogbo.
He said no fewer than 200 Exhibitors, 200 Local Governments and 100,000 Visitors were projected to be part of the Trade Fair, pointing out that the event will feature the South West Local Governments Trade Fair, Business to Customer Trade Fair and Virtual Trade Fair and Conferences.
“All the local governments in the South-West in particular and those from the other Regions are all invited to showcase their unique products to the entire Global Space”.
“The Trade Fair will also attract investors from all over the World, creating the platform for them to source local contents from States where materials are sourced” he said.
The theme of  the  Trade  Fair is :“STIMULATING VALUES ADDITION THROUGH DIGITAL ECONOMY FOR NIGERIA’s SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT” is expected to draw not fewer than 2000 Exhibitors to showcase their varieties of products, over 100,000 business visitors and over 1million online shoppers.
 According to him, the fair is a platform for Business Operators, Manufacturers, Producers, Wholesalers and Distributors of different products and services to meet and exchange ideas and seal numerous business deals. Private, Public and International Investors and Business stakeholders have registered their intentions to attend the event in order to achieve their business goals. Public and private partnership deals will be sealed, Business to Business deals will be sealed and manufacturer to Traders deals will be also sealed.
The Trade fair is slated to hold between Tuesday, 16th to Sunday, 28th November 2021 at the International Trade Fair Complex, Osogbo.
He said at the fair, the participants, traders, distributors, manufacturers and Investors will have the rare opportunity to visit the Dagbolu International Trade Centre, DITC.
It must be noted that DITC is an International Trade Centre with an Industrial Park, Lands for Construction of Plants, Warehouses, Shopping Malls, Parks, Cinema, Trading Stores and a Residential Area; where Lands can be acquired for residential purposes with flexible package and incentives.
There is also a Bounded Terminal for Dry Port project going on in the centre where products can be exported and imported and goods can be easily cleared for distributions around the country as federal government is seriously working on decongesting the Lagos Apapa port.
Dagbolu International Trade Centre has a very robust partnership and workable plan collaboration with Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) because the old railway lines and the new rail lines being currently constructed by the government pass through the centre for easy movement of goods, finished products and raw materials.
DITC also offers mouth watering incentives to its clients with Trade and Market guarantee on any products manufactured at the centre among others.
The International Trade Centre is indeed the future of business hub in Nigeria and indeed Africa.
DITC is a public private partnership initiative with the collaboration of the host community.
The upcoming Trade Fair will indeed satisfy the needs and yearnings of its numerous participants to the fullest.
He said the gains of the South-West Economic and Investment Summit held in 2019 needed to be consolidated and that the Trade Fair is a veritable avenue to achieve that motive.
In his remark, Osun Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr Dayo Adewole, said the Trade Fair would give the platform for farmers and other Stakeholders to showcase their agricultural produce.
Adewole stated that the Trade Fair would be of great benefit to the people of the State, adding that it was not only meant for the State Government or Ministry of Commerce but for the growth and development of businesses in the State.
Mr Bisi Makanjuola, the President of Osun Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (OSUCCIMA), said it has become imperative for the State to organise a Trade Fair to re-awaken and stimulate business activities in the State and the geo-political zone.
Makanjuola said the Chambers of Commerce, though had not held a Trade Fair in over 15 Years, is all out to hold a record breaking Trad Fair, thanking the State Government for creating an enabling environment for this Year’s Trade Fair to hold.
He said the event was aimed at bringing to the fore the value chain needed to be identified and developed.
Dr Owoyemi Delight, the Management Consultant of Osun Trade Fairs, said the Trade Fair themed “Stimulating Value Addition Through Digital Economy for Nigeria’s Sustainable Development” would serve as a veritable platform for businesses, investors and decision makers.
He said they would be able to connect, network and hold business meetings for the socio-economic development of the State and the region.
He said the Trade Fair, tagged ‘AjeLawa’, would hold at the Trade Fair Center, Aje International Market in Osogbo, with six days for exhibition of Local Governments Trade Fair, 13 days for general Business-to-Customers Trade Fair and 13 Days for Virtual Trade Fair.
He charged Blue Chips, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Trade Associations, Financial Institutions, Federal and State MDAs to come enmass to showcase their products and services to potential buyers.

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