The Commercial Services of the US Embassy has reiterated its commitment to partner with the Asaba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ASACCIMA) and the business community in Delta.
The representative of the U.
S Commercial Services, David Russel, disclosed this during a one-day interactive session with ASACCIMA and businessmen and women on Monday in Asaba.
Russell said that the essence of the meeting was to reach out to Nigerian businessmen and women, who would be willing to do businesses with the U.
S. as well as build a synergy between them.
Russell said that the choice of Delta State was due to the business and commercial viability of the state.
He said that the U.
S., under its “Networking with USA (NUSA) programme, focused on networking businesses in the country, especially those in viable business cities such as Lagos, Abuja and Delta to America.
“We are here to ensure that we build U.
S. presence, U.
S. market share in Delta State by connecting with the business community.
“We have been to various places such as Lagos, Abuja and we are now here in Asaba, Delta State.
”We have seen where the country’s commerces take place and we are looking at the new dimension of connecting American businesses with the Nigerian business.
”We are particularly here today in Asaba, the Delta State capital because of its proximity to Onitsha,” he said.
Russell also said that the meeting would also help the team to build contacts within Nigerian businessmen and women.
“We need to have an in-depth of Nigerian companies that are qualified and are engaged in meaningful commerce ahead of time,” he said.
On benefits of U.
S. businesses to the Nigerian economy, he said: “U.
S. technology, services are among the best in the world today.
”When you do business with us, you are doing business with someone who is looking to do business in the right way.
S. is not only the most innovative in the world, but they are also among the world’s best in terms of businesses.
”Those who are opportuned to engage with us in business, have opportunity to do business right.
”And if you want to do business with the U.
S. government, we are the avenue through which you can connect to it,” he stated.
In his remarks, the Director General of ASACCIMA, Mr Edwin Chukwuma, said that the meeting was a match-making event, organised by the chamber in collaboration with the U.
S. Commercial Services.
One of the participants, Chief Chinwe Monu-Olaruwaju, who commended the initiative, described it as a welcome development.
Olaruwaju, who is also the Vice President, ASACCIMA, however, noted that the initiative failed to capture the interest of petty traders, whom she said, constituted the larger percentage of the business community in the country.
She stressed the need to capture petty traders, who were mostly women, adding that this would go a long way in helping to improve their livelihood.
Foreign exhibitors to feature in Asaba internatThe Asaba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ASACCIMA), says a number of foreign exhibitors are expected at Asaba International Trade Fair, slated from Nov.18 to Nov. 27. The President of ASACCIMA, Chief Anthony Idigbe, said this at the signing of a consultancy agreement for the fair between the chambers and two partners – Atlantic Exhibition Ltd and Andrea Ashlan Ltd in Asaba on Wednesday.
Idigbe, represented by the Director General of ASACCIMA, Mr Edwin Chukwuma, said the fair would also attract indigenous exhibitors, as well as about 200 participants.
”The objective of the trade fair is to promote commerce as well as boost commercial activities in the state,” he said.
He assured that participation at the fair would be fruitful as it was expected to attract high patronage from the business community.
”We have put everything in place to ensure that the hosting of the fair is hitch-free.
”We have made adequate security arrangement, we also have good facility as well as befitting venue for the event,” he said.
The ASACCIMA president lauded the partners for the consultancy agreement, describing it as a milestone in the quest for successful hosting of the fair in Asaba.
He said although it was the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment to organise trade fairs in the country, the ministry empowered the Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to do.
“This gave the association the leverage to organise trade fairs and to pay tax to the Federal Government annually through the Ministry of Trade and Investment and ASACCIMA is a member of NACCIMA,” Idigbe said.