The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has announced the dates for the 2023 Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF), which will take place from November 3 to November 12.
Mr. Leye Kupoluyi, Chairman of the LCCI Trade Promotion Board, stated at a news conference on Thursday in Lagos that the fair would feature numerous specialty fairs to commemorate the LCCI’s 135th anniversary.
President Bola Tinubu will proclaim open the 2023 LITF, the 37th edition with the running theme “connecting businesses, creating value,” according to Kupoluyi.
He stated that the LCCI’s 135th anniversary celebrations would include an entertainment village, Children’s Corner, Tech Hub, Africa Hall, Lagos Island Connect, United Asia International Exhibition, and LCCI Mentees.
“As businesspeople, we recognise the importance of the creative and entertainment industries to the Nigerian economy, and the media, as a stakeholder, has been a major driver.”
“The entertainment village will serve as a showcase for Nigerian music, fashion, food, and arts and culture, and we are currently working with key stakeholders in the creative and entertainment industries to bring this project to fruition.”
“Over the years, the LITF has always attracted children and students, and this year, we plan to have a children’s corner where invited and visiting children will be treated to a juvenile experience with food, drinks, music, games, and quizzes.”
“The LITF tech hub is a single pavilion that hosts techpreneurs and technology enthusiasts in telecoms, software, and information and communication technology (ICT) to showcase their innovative products and services,” he explained.
Kupoluyi added that, for the first time since the COVID-19 outbreak three years ago, over 200 Chinese exhibitors would attend the LITF, while nearly all 54 African countries had been invited.
He stated that the United Asia Exhibition Company was now finalising logistics for the event’s three main trade shows and asked Nigerian businesses to establish commercial agreements and distributorship relationships.
“The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and the Japanese hall have become major attractions at the Lagos international trade fair, and this year there will be three days of free admission for visitors.”
“It is my sincere hope that when the fair is declared closed by the Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, we shall all proclaim the 2023 LITF as the best so far in 37 years,” he stated.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the United Bank of Africa plc. (UBA), the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO), and United Asia International Exhibition Co. Ltd. are sponsors of the 2023 LITF.
Others include New Home Distribution Africa Ltd., which distributes Scanfrost and Sony products in Nigeria, the Dangote Group, FEDAN Investment Ltd., Lifemate Nigeria Ltd., Rite Foods, and many Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).