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LCCI wades into the Nigerian, Ghanaian trade dispute

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCl) has weighed in on the business dispute between Nigerian and Ghanaian businessmen.

Gabriel ldahosa, Chairman of the LCCI’s Trade Promotion Board, stated during an interactive session with reporters in Lagos ahead of the 35th Lagos International Trade Fair, which runs from November 5 to 14, that the fair will link businesses and create value for nearly 200,000 visitors.

Speaking on the innovative “African Hall’, he said it is intended to bring exhibitors from African countries under the same umbrella to showcase their goods, services, arts, crafts, regulatory services and particularly to promote intra- African trade in the spirit of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCTA).

In response to a question about how Ghanaian businessmen may interact with their Nigerian counterparts, he stated that the current dispute between the two countries is being addressed at the highest diplomatic level. The Fair, he claims, will also give an opportunity for reconciliation and increased trade.

He stated that the chamber is in collaboration with the Nigeria Customs Service, the Nigeria Immigration Service, the Nigerian Police Force, and regulators such as the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and others.

Idahosa also reassured exhibitors, visitors, and the general public that the Chamber is working hard to obtain a permanent location.

He said: “Our competitors in other climes have tailored exhibition centres but unfortunately for us here for an event of 10 days we put in so much such as 10KVA generator, run cable, provide utility, security etc. We are also calling on government to speed up the process of making good its promise to give us a permanent site.”

He recommended that exhibitors register either online or in person at their office while visitors to the Trade Fair chair were promised a pleasant experience as well as the possibility to purchase high-quality, standard products.

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