UBA’s Head of Group Consumer Retail Business, Jude Anele, who gave this assurance yesterday, September 24, at a press conference to officially herald the Trade Fair as well as unveil sponsors of the trade fair, said that the bank has put in place various service offerings to guarantee that this year’s fair provides a veritable platform to catalyse businesses to new highs. He explained that the 33rd edition of Lagos International Trade Fair scheduled to commence on November 1 is expected to provide an avenue for networking, trade, and investment bound to boost business activities in Africa’s largest economy and by extension, Africa.
While ensuring that SMEs maximise their presence at the fair, Mr Anele explained that UBA would provide uninterrupted banking services during the two-week event, and also provide advisory services to the small and medium entrepreneurs, fundamental to achieving their business goals.
“Worthy of mention is that merchants and entrepreneurs from other African countries and abroad would be able to conduct their transactions seamlessly without currency exchange hassles, using the extensive reach of UBA as a pan African bank with presence in key commercial capitals in the world.
“We have realised that critical to the success of SMEs in Africa is not necessarily access to finance, but their understanding of business and accounting mechanisms, process and procedures critical to their growth and existence especially on e-commerce, tax management, and bookkeeping and access to funding, and these are issues which we are trying to address.”
A key activity at this year’s fair is the Africa Special Day, to be organised by UBA to promote Intra-African Trade.
Also speaking, the chairman, Trade Promotion Board, Gabriel Idahosa promised that the 33rd edition of West Africa’s flagship fair would bring utmost value to entrepreneurs and businesses in Nigeria and beyond as he acknowledged the massive support being provided by corporate organisations such as UBA.