The sixteenth Port Harcourt International Trade Fair taking place at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium at Elekahia Community in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, has been officially declared opened.

The Trade Fare is being organized by the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) to help showcase Small and Medium Scale (SMEs) Enterprises, Start Up Businesses to the global community.

Rivers State Deputy Governor, IPALIBO HARRY BANIGO declared the fourteen days Trade Fare opened in the presence of the President of PHACCIMA, Chief MIKE ELECHI and other leaders of PHCCIMA as well as stakeholders in the business world.

Speaking at the event, the Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr IPALBO HARRY BANIGO said Goveronr NYESOM WIKE’s led administration would continue to create the enabling environment for businesses to grow in Rivers State.

Dr IPALBO HARRY BANIGO represented by the Director of Administration, BEN ROBERTS assured all the partners and exhibitors of improved trade and businesses opportunities in the state

“Rivers State is the second largest commercial and agricultural centre and the second business seaport in Nigeria and it has a good network of infrastructural development.

“All these are aimed at ensuring that businesses thrive in Rivers State.

He assured all the exhibitors of making profits at the end of the day.

Earlier, the President of PHCCIMA, Chief MIKE ELECHI disclosed that the 16th Pot-Harcourt International Trade Fare would be one of the best in the state.

Chief MIKE ELECHI assured all the exhibitors of effective sales and improved patronage in businesses, while also assuring of their safety and security.

“Despite many uncertainties and down turn in the economy, we were poised to organize this Trade Fair, which could not hold in the last two years, 2020 and 2021, due to Covid-19 pandemic, which negativity affected businesses and mankind around the world”.

Also speaking, the National President of NACCIMA, IDE JOHN UDEAGBALA represented by the first Deputy, DELE OYE said with an estimate of over 45 million SMEs in Nigeria, collaboration with relevant bodies would improve businesses in the state and the country in general.

“We call on exhibitors to make good use of this platform to showcase products and services to the world because Trade Fair serves as a rallying point”

Our correspondent reports that some past Presidents of PHCCIMA Heads of Agencies top Government Officials were present at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Port Harcourt International Trade Fair.

The theme for the 2022 International Trade Fair is “Preparing SMEs to Maximize Trading Opportunities in Rivers State and the South South Region of Nigeria”.

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