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[Abuja]–The organisers of Nigeria International Trade and Investment Conference (NITIC) 2017, Africa International Trade and Development Trust (AITDT) has revealed that the event which was earlier scheduled for March 2017 at the NAF Conference Centre in Abuja, is now slated for June 2017 at the same venue.

The organisers said the postponement was due to the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja for upgrade of its dilapidated runway.

NITIC 2017, endorsed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development amongst others, is an event which focuses on agribusiness, manufacturing and financial services.

This year’s conference tagged“Multiple Frontiers-Moving Away From Oil,” aims to bring together local and international stakeholders to a common platform and to strengthen the positive contributions from international trade and investment in the non-oil sector, focusing on agribusiness, manufacturing and financial services.

The spokesman of the organizers, Mba Kalu, said the change in date was necessary to ensure that all stakeholders are satisfied, adding that efforts to convince participants to use Kaduna airport was futile.

He said, “efforts to convince registered participants and embassies to use the Kaduna International Airport were fruitless; we’ve talked to several of them but they seemed not interested in Kaduna. So, the only option was to postpone it to June, when the renovation work at the Abuja airport runway would have been over.

He however stated that the postponement of the conference “is at a huge cost, with travels and other logistics altered.”

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