*As Optimum Times Standby For Live Coverage
By LOVETH AZODO

All is set for the commencement of the 2017 Lagos International Trade Fair at the historic arena, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), which is the first and biggest international exhibition in West Africa.

The Optimum Times, an Online timely publication is also set to provide live convergence of news and daily account of developments throughout the duration of the 10-day business interface annually organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).

With the theme: “Promoting industriali-sation from economic recovery and sustainable growth”, it is expected to attract over 200,000 exhibitors from 200 countries, including about 500,000 visitors.
The Fair brings into focus the full business ingenuity of Nigerians, potentials and business opportunities existing in Nigeria. It is a conglomeration of diverse business interests.
The Fair which is slated for Friday 3rd – Sunday 12th, 2017, is staged with the support and co-operation of the Federal and the State Governments and it covers all aspects of business and economic activities in Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Vice President and Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, Mr. Sola Oyetayo, had said the 2017 edition of fair is expected to attract foreign investments into the country.

He said the theme was germane, given the economic realities that require the support of stakeholders for the recovery and sustainability of the economy.

Oyetayo who urged the Federal Government to ensure an enabling environment for industries and commerce to thrive, explained that new feature of this year’s fair was the provision of a platform for the industrial and service sectors to interact with players in the economy.

Others are the planned business-to-business meeting, secondary school essay competition and the Lagos creative industry.

Oyetayo said the organisers targeted  creative industry sector because of its capacity to impact positively on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).