WorldStage Newsonline– The Abuja Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has promised to make Abuja a business hub through the organisation of trade events and advocacy for businesses.
ACCI Director-General, Victoria Akai said in Abuja, when a delegation of Brandmarks Communications Limited, the consultant partner with the National Chamber Policy Advocacy Centre visited the ACCI that Abuja was one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, with huge commercial transactions and activities.
The visit was in preparation for the first Abuja Small and Meduim Enterprises (SMEs) Conference and Exhibition, scheduled to hold on Aug. 16.
Akai said that ACCI was well located and equipped for investor service, policy intervention and market hub for producers, off-takers and regulators.
“The point needs to be well made that Abuja is simply the seat of government, but an emerging market and business hub with huge potentials for growth and expansion.
“We are thus hosting the first Abuja – Conference and Exhibition to deploy our goodwill and network to create a solution platform for challenges facing SMEs throughout Nigeria”, the Director General said.
Mr Tunde Ashaolu, a representative of BrandMark, noted that ACCI presented a credible platform for the advancement of SMEs interest in Nigeria.
He explained that the conference would harness the advantage of cohabitation with policy makers to brainstorm and find lasting solution to myriads of problems confronting the SMEs.
“We are glad to collaborate with ACCI to organise this SMEs Conference. It will be an annual event that will provide template for measuring the nation’s progress in addressing developmental needs of the most critical sector of her economy.
“The responses so far are encouraging as we look forward to a successful first conference,” he said.
The conference was geared towards building the capacity of the SMEs for Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and to address internal hindrances working against SMEs existence.
The conference is also focused towards positioning a platform for bringing together specialist organisations in the field of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.