Osinbajo stated that “the inter-State trade in Africa is 10%, while 90% is done with countries outside Africa. There is no reason why we should not increase the inter-State trade on this continent. This is why this First intra African trade fair is an extra special event. It is the beginning of the coming to pass of one of Africa’s favorite dreams, Increasing Intra African trade, trade between and among ourselves in pragmatic and sustainable ways”.
He reaffirmed that for the Continent to progress economically, “and for us to live our dreams and the hopes and aspirations of our founding fathers we must commend and thank the African Union, and Afrexim Bank for organizing , and the Government and people of Egypt for hosting this s trade fair and the excellent facilities that have been placed at our disposal”.
“Therefore, it is with great pride that we celebrate the dreams of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and all of the fathers of our continent as we take part in the first ever intra-African Trade fair.
“Nigeria places a high premium on the economic integration of the Continent and recognizes trade as a veritable tool ‘towards the Africa we all want’: an industrialized, prosperous and peaceful Africa where we generate enough opportunities to accommodate the growing numbers of our peoples.