It seems word has gone around across nations and continents – in this era when information travels at the speed of light – that Chinese exhibitors are coming in double strength, having increased their pavilions in the 2017 Lagos International Trade Fair from one to two, so as to conveniently accommodate the higher number of exhibitors coming from China and to accommodate more visitors.

It may also be that the news has reached many other countries, as it is on record that Japanese exhibitors are also coming with an unprecedented large number of companies, just as Slovenia has joined the list of new participants at the yearly event. The Japanese exhibitors are coming through Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) to exhibit a wide range of products to visitors at the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of the Fair.

Indeed, in what is clearly a confirmation of the increasing international interest in the fair, more exhibitors from different parts of the world have made visas applications at our various embassies abroad. For instance, Nigerian embassies in Belgium, Spain, Sweden, Portugal and other parts of Europe have received visa applications from businessmen and women who have shown keen interest in participating at the Fair. Besides, the European Union is coming with a strong group of SME exhibitors.

This is besides the participants from across the West African neighbourhood, who do not need visa to visit Nigeria, and from other parts of Africa, who have signified interest in attending and exhibiting at the Fair.