FROM THE CHAIRMAN’S DESK (ANAMBRA TRADE FAIR)
“ANAMBRA, OPEN FOR BUSINESS”!
The 2016 Anambra Trade Fair, is an economic ‘Dream Come True’, with the support of the Government of Chief Dr. Willie Obiano (the Executive Governor of Anambra State). Today’s event presents the synopsis of the coming “Jubilee Fair”; come November 25th, 2016. This is no rhetoric but, an economic roadmap anchored on, a factual, realistic ‘Project’ (the Trade Exhibition) with Platforms that abound in Anambra’s business clime. These Platforms, as enshrined within the four Key Economic Pillars/Engines of the Government’s Economic Policy with her twelve Enablers; yield the desired Economic results in the state’s Economic Equation (multiple Non-oil Exports, Social Stability, Job Creation, Food Security, Capital Inflow, High GDP, Shelter and finally, Modernization). These feasible economic results are achievable because of the irresistible opportunities and great potentials (being exhumed from within the confines of the state’s natural resources), towards a realizable economic growth and development for all Investors & Stakeholders, alike. “As our case is new, we must think and act anew” (Quote: Abraham Lincoln). We will therefore, not at this point in time, lose sight of how the “Asian Tigers” started in the late seventies (using Taiwan, as a test case).
The THEME: “To harness Anambra’s Natural Resources for Non-oil Exports, as a world-class Trade Hub”; points directly at all the attractive ‘Aims & Objectives’ of any business Organization that operates in any part of the globe. ‘Profit-making’ (as it were) in business ventures can only be possible if, a business Organization is fully & readily armed with factors, favorably within reach in the business environment (here comes Anambra, the “Domain of Trade & Commerce”)! Now that Anambra has opened for business, through her maiden edition of an annual Trade Exhibition for Investors (both indigenous and foreign), International Merchants, Service Providers, and Visitors from all parts of the globe; by providing this business Forum that presents opportunities to audience for interactions and sharing business ideas, over their Products, Goods & Services, Inventions and Innovations. We are reminded of the current state of the economy of the nation, Nigeria; which of course, ‘hungers’ for “Backward Integration” and “Import Substitution”. Hinging on these national economic policies that today, discourages Importations with its attendant very expensive FOREX rate; Anambra state is it! Anambra state is the most favored, as a global Investment Hub (think of Security, natural and human resources, very friendly business clime, thriving trading and conducive daily commercial activities)!! Anambra state is the next Destination for Petrochemicals Industrialization and a World-class Trade Hub!!!
Senator Ben Bruce, in his commendation to the state’s economic, entrepreneurial and Intellectual capacity, capability and prowess for her exploits made so far, with respect to excellent performance in Non-oil ventures; recons with Anambra as a Template for other 33 states of the nation.
A CLARION CALL:
The average Igbo man is given to Entrepreneurship (where skill of Trading/”Buying & Selling” flows in the blood vein, no matter the level of Academic acquisition), which majorly projects them among the crème of the Nigeria’s Top-brass and Blue-chip International Business personalities and Organizations (in all sectors of the economy).
Now that, “Anambra Trade Fair” has come to stay! A Trade Forum domiciled right at the nation’s historic and traditional heartland for “Trade & Commerce”, Come participate at the Fair; and become a formidable Stakeholder in the current scheme of things in the business circles happening around the International Marketplace and particularly, a Commercial nerve centre within West African Coastal region and the Sub-Saharan Africa; which also houses the renown ancient market, (the historic and popular “Onitsha Main Market”, among numerous others); don’t be left out!!!
Lots and lots of attractions and Business benefits abound, if you attend as an Exhibitor. Opportunities to identify, interact and access the readily available Investment Incentives in Anambra Business Clime, all over the state; courtesy of the Anambra State Investment Promotion And Protection Agency (ANSIPPA), the “One Stop Service Centre” for both Local Investors and the Foreign Direct Investors (FDIs).
Come and showcase your Products & Services. Come and grow your Business. Come and Invest in Anambra. This is a clarion call to all Nigerians because, Non-oil exports is it, for a diversified export portfolio, that shall take the nation’s economy to the next level of a ‘multiple exports earnings’ status; as an “Export-oriented” Economy (recording a sharp shift from the age-long “mono-export economy” & “import-dependent” status, with a new & healthy Export Trade Accruals from Non-oil sectors; in our foreign current accounts).
On the official Opening Ceremony fixed for November 29th; at the Trade Fair ground, a ‘Key-Note ‘ and a ‘Lecture’ will be delivered on the following Topics; “Non-oil Products to be harnessed along the Value Chains of the Natural Resources in Anambra, towards boosting the State’s Economy” and “Focusing Trade on Petrochemicals Production in Anambra, along the Value Chains of Agricultural and Oil & Gas Sectors; being Key Economic Enablers for Non-oil Manufactured Products”; respectively. The Key-Note Address Speaker will be Dr. Ben Okey Oramah, President of AFREXIM Bank Cairo, Egypt; and the Guest Lecturer will be Prof. Ikenna Onyido, FRSC, FAAS, EAS; Professor of Chemistry, former Vice Chancellor Federal University of Agriculture, Umudike, Umuahia & presently the Director, Centre for Sustainable Development, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Come Home! “The chickens have come home to roost”!! Invest wisely now (“Aku lue uno”, biko nu) !!!
Sunny Chuba Nwachukwu (FICCON)
Chairman, Anambra Trade Fair Planning Committee
VP Membership Development (ONICCIMA)