Remove barriers to private-sector development, LCCI tells FG

Semiu Salami
Semiu Salami
Lagos International Trade Fair

Goodie Ibru, President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), has urged all the tiers of government to remove the impediments to private-sector development in the country.

Ibru who made the call at the closing ceremony of 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) in Lagos, listed some of the impediments as infrastructure, security, quality of institutions and funding.

“We need to do this in order to harness the bountiful enterprising resources of Nigerians and foreign entrepreneurs for the transformation of our economy and the welfare of our people,” he said.

Ibru, however, noted that the Lagos State Government had continued to promote mutual understanding between the private and public sectors in the state.

He said that the level of domestic and foreign participation at the 2013 Trade fair was a reflection of the growing confidence in the nation’s economy.

The LCCI president, who commended the states, corporate organisations, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) and foreign companies that participated at the fair, apologised for any perceptible lapses in the organisation of the trade exhibition.

Ghana won the award for the “Best Foreign Country’’ at the 2013 Trade Fair, which had “Harnessing Trade Potential for an inclusive Economy’’ as its theme.

On the hand, Lagos State won the award for the “Best State Pavillion’’, the Chi Ltd., was adjudged as the “Best Indigenous Participant’’, while Life Mate Nig. Ltd. received the prize for the “Best Pavillion’’ at the fair.

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