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Nigeria’s land borders to be reopened soon, minister announces

Nigeria’s land borders may be reopened soon after been closed since August 2019.

Zainab Ahmed, The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, gave a announcement yesterday during a interview with the State House correspondence. Ahmed stated that the presidential committee which implemented the restrictions were pleased with the outcome and recommended the reopening of the borders.

Nigeria closed its land borders in August 2019 to halt the illegal importation of agricultural products into the country from neighbouring West African countries.

She indicated the committee will shortly submit a report to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari, and a formal announcement on the matter will be made on the matter following from his decision.

Although Ahmed stated that the committee were pleased with the regulations, she did not indicate when the report will be submitted to the president or when the land borders will be officially open.

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Source: The Punch, November 2020

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BtoB Events announces FABWA BWA and WAAS will return in 2021

Three of Nigeria’s most popular trade and retailer exhibitions are set to return in 2021, BtoB Events, the country’s leading exhibition organiser, has announced.

Food and Beverage West Africa will run from June 16th-18th, the West Africa Automotive Show is scheduled for July 13th–15th and Beauty West Africa will take place from November 17th-19th 2021, all to be held at the Landmark Centre, Lagos.

BtoB Events was forced to rescheduled its entire 2020 calendar to 2021 due to the continued disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on global travel and commerce.

The 2021 exhibitions will be opened in accordance with the All Secure Standard for the global reopening of exhibitions post COVID. Attendees and exhibitors can be reassured that they will be safe and feel relaxed in the business-friendly environment onsite.

Jamie Hill, BtoB Event’s Managing Director, told journalists, “We’ll be creating new features across our portfolio whilst also exploring new ideas and opportunities brought about digitally during the pandemic. We’re all really excited about re-energising our exhibition portfolio across Nigeria in 2021 as there is a huge amount of pent-up demand for international exhibitions.”

“We are excited by the interest we have had expressed to us already and are looking forward to welcoming new exhibitors, country pavilions and attendees to our leading trade fairs covering the Food, Automotive and Beauty Industries.”

Retailers and distributors in Nigeria will be familiar with the exhibitions with thousands having visited the events which promote local enterprises and SMEs alongside major regional and international companies.

Regarded as the best food and drink exhibition of its kind in the region, FABWA hosted 130 exhibitors and attracted 4,300 professional visitors from across West Africa in 2019. In addition to more international pavilions and VIP attendees, the 2021 show will boost the visitor experience with an expanded conference and presentations programme.

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Source: The Guardian, November 2020

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State Governor approves full reopening of Lagos markets

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has approved the reopening of Markets within the Lagos state.

The announcement was made by the Lagos Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, this morning. The statement highlighted that both food and non food markets can be reopened and operate every day of the week (Monday-Sunday).

The news has been met with great enthusiasm and energy from traders and distributors, as currently the markets were limited to opening on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The statement from Dr Wale Ahmed read in part, “Mr Governor took the decision to further enhance trade and commerce and mitigate the hardship of recent times and ensure that Lagosians can recover fast.

“Mr Governor also advised the continued observance of all safety protocols.

“Traders and their customers must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 protocols for their safety and the citizenry at large.”

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Source: The Punch, October 2020

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Food and Beverage West Africa postponed until 2021

As highlighted in previous communications, the BtoB Events Ltd team have been carefully monitoring the situation regarding the pandemic and the effects that it will have on the hosting of the Food and Beverage West Africa Exhibition. Despite the outlook in Nigeria being rather encouraging, with the case numbers reducing on a daily basis and the international airport opening earlier this month the global picture is not quite as promising.

We recently introduced a survey for our all of our exhibitors and partners requesting their feedback and preference with regards to when to host the next edition of FAB West Africa. The feedback we receive is absolutely paramount to us, and over 90% of exhibitors confirmed that they would prefer for the exhibition to take place in 2021 as opposed to December 2020. We have therefore decided that the correct decision is to postpone the FAB West Africa exhibition to new dates in 2021.

The new dates for the exhibition will be June 16th – 18th 2021, at the Landmark Centre, Lagos, Nigeria.

These new dates provide us with enough time to feel absolutely confident of hosting a fantastic event with a huge turnout. A number of vaccination programs look likely to be rolled out in Q1 2021, which will also help to alleviate any concerns.

The FAB West Africa exhibition will continue to be organised in line with the BtoB Events global ‘All Secure Standard’ for the safe opening of exhibitions.

Kind Regards

The Food and Beverage West Africa Team

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Concerns rise over annual importation of 700,000mt of sugar into Nigeria

The Federal Government has raised concern over the annual importation of about 700,000 metric tonnes (MT) of sugar into the country despite the abundance of the resource locally. 

The Minister Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, who was on a facility tour of the Flour Mills Nigeria Plc Sunti Golden Sugar Estates, in Mokwa, Niger State, stressed the government’s readiness to support the private sector in ensuring Nigeria achieved self-sufficiency in sugar production.

The move comes against the backdrop of the implementation of the Nigeria Sugar Master Plan, aimed at attracting over $1 billion annually in local and foreign direct investments, and creating an estimated 107,000 jobs over the first 10-year period.

The Minister said efforts by the private sector to boost sugar production would go a long way in reducing the level of unemployment, saying: “Nigeria is working towards being self-sufficient in sugar, we have been able to do it in cement, and we are trying to do it in sugar.

“As time goes on, we will not import sugar anymore; we will produce more than enough for our use and possibly export. We also want to take advantage of the Africa Developmental Free Trade Area Agreement, so that we can export to other African countries,” Adebayo said.

However the Chairman Suntai Golden Sugar Estates, John Coumantaros, disclosed that it has invested about N64billion into production in the country, and still intends to invest an additional N34billion in infrastructural development for the host community and the factory.

He disclosed that Nigeria consumes about 1.3million MT, while the Suntai and Savanah Farms produce about 600,000MT, meaning, the country imports 700,000MT of sugar annually.

The Chairman disclosed that added that the company plans to engage over 60,000 Nigerians in direct and indirect employment over the next 10 years, adding that “with about 17,000 hectares of land they would be producing about 100,000-150,000MT of sugar when the land is fully developed, we currently produce for the local market.”

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Source: The Guardian, January 2020

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