Delta Trade Expo Kicks Off

BY ANDREW IKEHI
The 2015 Delta Trade Expo yesterday kicked-off in Asaba, the state capital with high economic expectations as over 10,000 participants are being expected at the ten-day event with 400 allocable spaces.
Although at about 1:00 pm, the Event Centre, Venue of the Expo was virtually empty, organizers of the event are upbeat that the event will realize its desired goals as according to them, indications are high for upsurge participation
Speaking in an interview with The POINTER, the state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Dr. Chris Ekiyor expressed optimism that given the level of commitment by the state government as well as the partnering private sector, the expo would achieve the desired result.
He explained that following deluge of requests from prospective exhibitors who have indicated interest to attend the trade expo as according to them the period was short; organizers of the event have concluded arrangement to shift the closing date from May 16 to May 20.
“This is a good start and it is a departure from what it used to be in the past; definitely, with what we have done now, people will begin to develop more interest in future trade fairs in the state
“As I am talking to you now, there are a lot of clarion calls that the exhibition should be extended so that those who are still making preparations could attend. Based on that, we are looking at the possibilities of extending the exhibition by four days. Therefore, it will now end on May 20, Ekiyor said.
On the low turn of exhibitors yesterday, the commissioner said that should not be a source of worry as it was the first day, adding that indications are high that exhibitors are in high spirit to attend the expo.
“We are very much prepared for this event. On the part of the state government, we have done what we are expected to do; the rest is on the part of the Delta Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (DACCIMA) and the exhibitors.
“As you can see, people are already trooping in even though today is the first day of the event,” Ekiyor stressed.
On his part, the consultant of the Trade Expo and Managing Director, Charles View Technology, Mr. Charles Omordia said that the trade expo would afford entrepreneurs in the state the opportunity to not only showcase their businesses, but have business and economic interface with other entrepreneurs in the country and beyond.