The 39th edition of the Kaduna International Trade Fair concluded on Saturday after being open for a week. The trade fair which began on the 24th of February 2018 had the theme “Promoting Commerce, Industry and Agriculture for International Competitiveness”. The organizers of the fair, KADCCIMA, believed that the fair was in line with the federal government’s plans for economic development.
The international trade fair lasted for eight days and saw several notable persons such as Arch. Bala Bantex, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah and Gen. Yakubu Gowon in attendance. Several organizations had their own stands where they interacted with customers and a few had their own especially dedicated days. The Kaduna Electric, NCIS, etc had special days where the officials of these institutions met with the public and announced some changes. For Instance, the Kaduna Electric used the international trade fair to announce that an online medium for all payments was now available all over the country.
The international trade fair so a gathering of sellers from all over the world. For instance, there was a corner of the international trade fair complex that was dedicated strictly for attires made in Mali and Senegal. There were also Kampala, Ankara, Adire, Aso-Oke, and guinea brocade; these clothing materials are indigenous mainly to Nigeria and Western Africa.
Also at the fair, several sellers came with electronic devices such as radios, telephones, tablets and the gadgets that make communication easier in the 21st century. Food materials, cooking utensils, and other kitchen equipment were also on sale on a large scale. Some of the sellers openly used the materials for sale to cook delicious meals so that the prospective buyers could see how to use the materials for sale.
Kada News Magazine spoke to a few of the business owners to get their views on how the international trade fair went. While few of them were glad for the opportunity to be able to participate at the fair, they lamented that a lot of buyers did not come to purchase their goods. A lady who sold African attires but pleaded anonymity claimed that the economy was not favorable to Nigerians and this did not encourage them to spend money at the fair.
We observed that some students from secondary schools all over Kaduna used the International Trade Fair as an opportunity to see displays of art and culture of Kaduna State. Some schools organized excursions to the fair and their students were seen walking together in clusters as they observed the various activities that made the fair special.