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LCCI bans use of music, public address gadgets in exhibitors’ stands at trade fairs

A new paradigm shift that will end the deafening atmosphere characterizing previous Lagos International Trade fairs is underway as the organizers, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) has outlawed use of music and any form of public address systems at every stand starting with this year’s fair.
This means that serenity will rule the entire Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), venue of the fair planned to start from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 11 as only the LCCI’s central public address system will be heard disseminating information and light music to make the environment welcoming.
Addressing the media on logistics on ground for the annual event in Lagos, the Chairman, Trade Promotion Board, LCCI, Gabriel Idahosa, said “On noise pollution, the use of music gadgets in exhibitors’ stands will not be allowed. Our Central Public Address system will be made available to disseminate information and light music to make the environment welcoming. The objective is to raise the profile of the fair.”
According to him, chances that any company will lace its stand with loud music systems and dancers of any kind are no more so as to create the needed business environment for investors, exhibitors and general public to savour in doing their businesses seamlessly.
Experts who spoke to Business Hilights on the new policy direction, welcomed the idea and noted that trade fairs environments across the developed world are usually charaterised with noiselessness and thanked the LCCI for coming up with the directive.
Continuing, Idahosa noted that “This year’s fair, seeks to connect businesses and create value for stakeholders and it is apt and timely in the face of the current economic realities which underscores the need for diversification and inter-sectoral synergy.
He also revealed that like others in the time past, “the 2018 fair will enjoy foreign participation, while efforts have been made to ensure investment opportunities are created in a bid to deepen bilateral ties”.
“So far, our exhibitors have been taking the advantage of our automated website to register, pay and book for the space of their choices.
“The process has been designed to be seamless and friendly. Almost all the available spaces have been booked.
“This, you can verify if you register on our website. To this end, registration and booking of spaces will close on Monday 15th October 2018 to enable us to carry out the final plans.
LCCI averred that well over 500,000 visitors and 2000 exhibitors are expected at the fair this year.
Besides, the chamber noted that the various reforms it embarked upon including the noise control, would increase opportunities for business linkages and inflow of investments into the country, as against the experience in previous years.