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                                                                  Fair Dates: November 2 - November 11, 2001 

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2001 Lagos International Trade Fair
2001 Lagos International Trade Fair

Day 7 - Focus on Nigeria's Telecom Sector (Posted 8th Nov, 2001)

The sail so far at this year's Lagos Trade Fair has been smooth with visitors flooding the venue and many exhibitors smiling to the bank. Today is slated for the following states and organisations; De Sears Pharmaceutical & Chemical Ltd, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigeria-British Chamber of Commerce, Ekiti State, Adamawa State and Benue State. Contrary to expectations not much activities were organised by some of these organisations and states. The National Council on Privatisation opened the floor at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Focus Centre around 11.00am. This was followed by the elaborate NNPC carnival-like ceremony at the ceremonial podium by 12 noon. The Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce took their turn after the 'oil barons'.

Activities today at the fair ground assumed a higher tempo, many organisations were hurriedly organising different activities to attract visitors to their stands. It was impossible to penetrate the human shield that blocked the narrow corridor that connects the cricket ground to the main fair ground.

The telecommunications sector was well represented, especially the GSM handset manufacturers. The German pavilion hosted Siemens who displayed a variety of handsets ranging from N11, 000 Naira to N50, 000 Naira. Visitors were eagerly inspecting handsets in preparation to either join the ongoing GSM revolution in the country or change existing handsets.

Almost opposite one of the entrances to the German pavilion is that of the Nigerian-French Chamber of Commerce which houses the Alcatel major dealer stand. They had for grabs, a wide range of handsets from the Alcatel One Touch 501 to the One Touch 511 to the more common One Touch 301, which is offered for around N12, 500 Naira.

Quite close to the ceremonial podium is the Multi-Links stand which has on its stand the range of Nokia products. Multi-Links is one of Nigeria's biggest Non-GSM private telecom operators. On display were the Nokia 5125, Nokia 6120, and Nokia 8260. It also displayed its own rates for fixed wireless telephone line. We established that lines were available for interested subscribers at less initial and subsequent rates.

Also at the fair was the Trium range of handsets that comes in different beautiful colours and shapes. Panasonic brought on display its own handsets although yet to be approved by the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) the regulatory body for the telecommunication sector. They look very rugged and this may yet be their selling point as many punters considered them to be suitable for our terrain. Samsung was also not left out at the fair with several handsets that turned heads. The duo of ECONET and MTN were on ground to quickly connect customers to their networks after the purchase of handsets. They also had several handsets on display.

Also on parade at the ground are the numerous Federal Government Parastatals and agencies spanning different sectors of the economy. The Nigeria Export Promotion Council, NEPC, was on hand to educate people on the need to focus on non-oil exports to jump-start the Nigerian economy. Armed with a comprehensive list of exportable products, which it sells for a token amount, the NEPC intends to woo local and foreign investors to the non-oil sector.

The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC established by Decree No. 16 of 1995 was at the fair to enlighten investors on priority areas of investment in the Nigerian economy. The NNPC with a large stand houses a variety of products it produced together with its subsidiaries. It outlined in colourful booklets, investment opportunities inherent in the Nigerian gas Industry especially, in the area of natural gas utilisation.

The media regulatory body, National Broadcasting Commission showcased at the fair, the role they play in monitoring what we see and hear on our television screens and radio. The Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) formerly known as the Providence Fund came to the fair to try to secure the future of workers by introducing to visitors a scheme that will guaranty peaceful, stable and affordable retirement.

There were a number of indigenous manufacturers and engineering outfits discovered at the fair. One of such is Addis Engineering. This company manufactures from locally sourced spares agricultural processing equipment, food processing machines, transport equipment and generating sets.

With three days to the end of the fair, tomorrow holds a lot of promise for the organisers, exhibitors and visitors alike.