More than 10 countries Indicated Interest in Abuja Trade Fair


The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has announced that over 10 countries and 500 companies have shown interest to be a part of the 2023 Abuja International Trade Fair (AITF). The ACCI President, Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, said this at a press briefing in Abuja.

Mr Abubakar explained that the AITF scheduled to hold from 29th September to 9th October 2023 at the Abuja Trade and Convention Centre as well as the open field of ACCI is a multi-sectoral event in Nigeria with a high reputation that continues to expand its scope and influence. He said Bulgaria, Ghana, Egypt, Switzerland, India, China, Guinea, the UAE and Syria among others are some of the countries that have indicated interest.

Mr Abubakar, represented by Victoria Akai, the ACCI director-general, explained that AITF as one of the largest trade platforms in Africa, offers both domestic and international exhibitors an opportunity to showcase new products, access untapped markets, establish new and invaluable business relationships, unveil innovative products, and stay ahead of emerging trends amongst other benefits.

“It is dedicated to connecting businesses with lucrative trade and investment prospects within the country. This trading platform cultivates a neutral and inclusive environment; welcoming companies, trade associations, government investment/export promotion agencies, institutions, and private sector organisations. It serves as a catalyst for establishing fruitful investment and trade relations with new business partners.

“With Abuja’s advantageous location as the nation’s capital and its convenient approximately one-hour flight from all locations in Nigeria, coupled with accessibility to all geopolitical zones, hosting a significant number of international and local participants becomes both strategic and secure,” he said.

He said the 18th edition of the Fair with the theme “Sustainable Financing and Taxation as Drivers for the New Economy,” will be a platform for businesses to engage with financial and tax institutions and discuss current trends and solutions, and foster sustainable approaches to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

“The event will showcase innovative products and solutions from our partners and exhibitors in various sectors such as Fintech, tax collection, payment systems, e-health, food processing, and environmental safety.

“This year’s theme is centered on financing and taxation which is the cornerstone of any prosperous nation and of immense importance to the business community as it is critical to addressing climate-friendly initiatives, the ease of doing business, and attracting foreign direct investment.

“It will amongst other things provide an enabling environment for businesses to discuss and interact with financial and tax institutions on current trends and solutions, as well as to work out a sustainable approach to AfCFTA and harmonise country requirements.

“It would extensively display products and solutions that are developed by our partners and exhibitors in fintech, tax collection, payment systems and solutions, e-health, food processing, environmental safety, etc.,” Mr Abubakar said.

Abubakar further explained that the AITF serves as a unique and inclusive business gathering that welcomes a diverse range of customers to explore and experience our array of products and services and also serves as a dynamic convergence of diverse industries; bringing together thousands of exhibitors representing different sectors such as industry, trade, agriculture, and services.

“With expansive indoor and outdoor spaces, the fair creates ample avenues for targeted marketing campaigns, enabling businesses to connect with their desired audiences. Moreover, it fosters a vibrant sense of community engagement through various exciting activities.

“It provides a vibrant platform for fostering exchanges between national and international stakeholders; facilitating fruitful interactions between businesses and government agencies.”

According to him, one of the features of this edition is a specially designated and curated diplomatic space for foreign representations; trade missions and international organisations to present their businesses, economic cooperation projects as well as featured products and technologies.

“Over 500 companies are expected to participate in the 2023 edition of the Trade Fair while over 100,000 visitors within and outside Nigeria are expected in attendance. So far, over 500 companies have indicated interest and we are expecting more. The space is fast taken with very few remaining in the outdoor category.

“Sideline events include; business networking, B2B, B2G, and B2C, special days, raffle draws, virtual and physical games, 12 days of jollof rice, a free fashion runway show, and many more throughout the event.

“We champion the promotion of small businesses, acknowledging their vital role in the national economy, job creation, and overall prosperity,” he said.

The 18th edition of the AITF is part of the industry’s initiative to bring businesses together and create a platform for policy makers to interact with the business community.


















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