2002 Lagos International Trade Fair

The 2002 Lagos International Trade Fair

(Organised By The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry)  Date: 1st November - 10th November 2002
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Day 1 - Friday, 1st Nov 2002

Lagos Trade Fair Returns Back To Base, Opens Amidst Fun Fair      

The eagerly anticipated Lagos International Trade Fair 2002 finally started today, Friday 1st of November 2002 with much pomp and pageantry.  The most striking thing about this year’s fair is the fact that it is being held at the ultra-modern Lagos International Trade Fair Complex along Badagry Expressway, Lagos which is a departure from its sojourn at the Tafawa-Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos for some years now. 

Neglecting the African time factor syndrome, the program for the event started in earnest with the arrival of guests. Among which was the Minister of Commerce, Engineer Mustapha Bello, representing the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. At around 10.00 am the National Anthem was recited which was closely followed by the welcome address of the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Chief John A. Odeyemi. 

The High Table at the Opening CeremonyIn a bid to hit the nail on the head, considering the over-dependence of the Nigerian economy on crude oil as the sole foreign exchange earner for the country, this year's theme for the Trade Fair was aptly titled “Harnessing Nigeria’s Economic Potentials for Sustainable Development” . The various key speakers in their addresses underlined the importance of a diversified economy and gave kudos to the Lagos Chambers for their consistency in staging the annual fair whose success has made it unarguably the best and the biggest in the Southern Sahara of the Africa continent.  

In an orderly manner, the Address by the National President of NACCIMA, Nze C. O. Maduako, JP, MFR, followed the address of the President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry. A brief interlude was observed with a rich cultural display by the African Heritage Ambassadors, the display stirred the patriotic spirit of the invited guests and they received accolades. 

Engineer Bello Delivering the President's AddressThis was followed by the Opening Address of the President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, whose representative, Engineer Mustapha Bello, duly delivered. The vote of thanks was then delivered by the Chairman, Trade Fair Board, Dr H. Ademola Ajayi. 

The fair was formally declared opened with the cutting of the tape by Engineer Mustapha Bello. The tour of Pavilions by dignitaries commenced at around 12.43 pm, which was subsequently followed by refreshments at the conference room of the Fair Complex and a mini press conference.

Another positive note is the return of the USA pavilion, which was conspicuously absent the previous year. The USA group pulled out of the last editionCultural Dancers at the Opening Ceremony on security grounds as the issue of The “Ground Zero” was still fresh in their memory. Some of the other foreign participants that  also pulled out then are also at the fair this year. The presence of the USA Group will undoubtedly have a great impact on this year’s fair. According to the organisers, and visitors alike, there is high hope that this year’s fair will be one of the best and biggest in recent time.

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