The Cross River State Government has concluded arrangement to host an International Trade Fair after three years of abandonment.
Briefing newsmen in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, the Managing Director of Summit Hills, Mr Joseph Edet said the fair with a theme ‘Market Square’ will have business clinic, business mentorship and business innovations.
“We’ll be hosting a business clinic as part of the trade fair to keep participants in the know about best business practices, business innovations and the role of technology. Pitch contest and business mentorship for small businesses among others will be the core focus of the business clinic,” he said.
“Summit Hills is a state owned agency and is organising the fair in collaboration with the state Ministry of Commerce and Calabar Chamber of Commerce. The fair will take place in Calabar between April 15 and April 20, 2020.
“The Summit International Trade Fair tagged ‘Market Square’ is not just a trade fair for only physical goods and services but an opportunity for providers of digital/virtual goods and services to market their products and services.”
He said both big local manufacturers such as Innoson Motors and international companies which had been contacted by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria were expected to showcase their products at the fair which will have 1,000 stands.
Edet also disclosed that traders in Ariaria market in Aba as well as owners of medium, small and micro scale enterprises had been contacted to come and showcase their goods and services at the fair.
He said products from the newly established industries in the state will be on display, adding some of the highlights of the trade fair are business clinic, entertainment and summit marathon.
Edet regretted the inability of the Federal government to provide security and power (Electricity) in the country which will drive businesses.
“Basically, our country is a vast one and we have a lot of problems, to be very frank, I think, leadership is one of the real cause of poor business environment.
“Our leaders suppose to provide and proffer solution for business to strive. If the environment is good, if leadership is good, if leaders provides conducive environment, businesses will grow
“With these, adequate security and power made available, the country will have a lot of businesses spread across board but when the environment is hash, for example, the cost of starting a business will be too much.
“We have no electricity, no adequate security; in fact we are still having security problems. These inadequacies affect businesses in Nigeria, and until we get these right, we may not have well programmed businesses in Nigeria.
“Think of it, how is it possible for a business man to provide electricity and security and meet up with other challenges”? he asked but noted that in order to change the narrative, the Summit Hills was organizing International trade fair after about three decades since the last major fair held in Calabar.