Cross River State Governor, Sen. (Prof.) Ben Ayade has reiterated Government interest to partner with the Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (CACCIMA), in establishing and setting up the Gulf of Guinea Municipal -Trade Centre.
Senator Ayade stated this at the flag-off of the 78th Annual General Meeting of the Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture held at the Channel View Hotel, Calabar.
The Governor represented by his Deputy, Professor Ivara Esu explained that the centre will serve as a strategic Public Private Partnership (PPP) vehicle to leverage the Gulf of Guinea regional economics.
“This move will provide access to regional trade activities, simplify and stimulate trade by bringing together the offices of Government and private sector that will serve and carry on trade in the Gulf of Guinea Trade area.
“The vision of Government is to decouple the state’s economy from over dependence on Federal allocation by expanding the employment architect through the development of an industrialization hub, leading to the establishment of over 15 and medium scale manufacturing industries in the state.
Assuring CACCIMA of Governments full support, Governor Ayade said: “We are happy to partner with the Calabar Chamber of Commerce and Industry to realize her vision and goals for the ultimate benefit of the average Cross Riverian”
In his goodwill message, the Minister of Trade and Industry, Otunba Niyi Adebayo represented by the Director of Trade, Alhaji Mohammed Abubakar commended the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture -NACCIMA for a successful 78th Annual General Meeting in Calabar.
The Minister pledged the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry support and facilitation of an enabling environment for the Chamber to operate for the overall economic interest of the country.
In another remark, the President, National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Hajiya Saratu Aliyu represented by her Vice, Dr. Margaret Ndoma-Egba commended the Government of Cross River State under the leadership of Senator Ben Ayade for the immense support to the Chamber.
She pointed out that trade and economic activities can not occur in a hostile environment and lauded the policies of the State Government which are geared towards achieving a business friendly-environment to ensure that the state remains major hub for commerce and industry in the South-South zone of the country.
Goodwill messages were presented by other stakeholders including the Commissioner for Commerce, Barr. Mrs Rosemary Archibong, the New President of CACCIMA, Elder (Barr.) Effefiom Ekong,SAN, the outgone President Elder Eta Ndoma-Egba.
The event featured the presentation of a new executive of CACCIMA and official flag-off of the AGM.
Deputy Governor’s Press Unit, Calabar