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10TH PH INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR: PORT HARCOURT THE DESTINATION FROM 2ND- 18TH DECEMBER 2014

By Anderson Hart
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Port Harcourt is expected to be the most sought after trade 'destination', as the biggest trade and exhibition event south of the country gets underway. The garden city, as Port Harcourt is popularly referred to will come alive with a bang from 2nd to 18th December 2014 for the eagerly awaited 10th edition of Port Harcourt International Trade Fair.

Staged at the famous lush green of Isaac Boro Park, expectations is said to be high for participants; buyers and sellers alike as the event provides out-and-out opportunities for a greater percentage of the populace to buy, sell, network and relax with the best of Nigerian entertainment.

This year like the preceding events is organized by Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, PHCCIMA, a very strategic organized private sector, an advocacy outfit articulating business interest in the Niger Delta region and beyond, and touted the second largest and active chamber of commerce in Nigeria.

Speaking to newsmen the vibrant and amiable President of PHCCIMA, Engr. Emeka Unachukwu said the 10th edition of Port Harcourt International trade fair has been specially packaged to provide a world class meeting platform for global brands, business networking and frontiers of countless economic opportunities that will take our myriad of participants to a whole new pedestal.

Hear him: “I note with pride, the great transformation that has characterized our trade fair, from an ordinary assembly of traders, herbalists and small scale farmers to a world class meeting of global brands in a revitalized meeting that has become an international trade fair”.

This development according to him underlines the recognition of trade as a key driver for economic growth in the country and a move towards realization of Nigeria's 2020 vision project.

Unachukwu noted that Port Harcourt International Trade Fair has been a major catalyst in the development of our domestic trade and undoubtedly has become pivotal in promoting international trade and fostering important international trade relations.

The PHCCIMA helmsman reaffirmed that the Port Harcourt International trade fair has witnessed consistent upgrade in the quality of planning and organization to match international standard and this he said includes the provision of free health care and emergency medical services, presence of fire fighting personnel, and highly improved security set up at the trade fair ground.

“The uniqueness of Port Harcourt International Trade fair lies in the supporting programmes that spice the entire event, we have improved our regular brand and stars concert, it will be recalled that last year we featured Nigeria's sensation, Kcee, Timaya among others as they performed live. This year we shall be featuring bigger names including the best of Nigerian musical acts making huge impact with their tunes and comedy globally”, he assured.

Unachukwu expressed gratitude to all exhibitors and sponsors who have remained faithful to the Port Harcourt International Trade Fair, especially those who repeatedly has supported its growth through regular participation among others over the years.

Skyebank, Enterprise Bank, Nigeria Breweries, Guiness, Indomie, Dangote, Amarula, Oando Gas, M.Saleh among others are expected to put up an appearance at the year ending fair tagged: 'Buy More Payless'.********