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Tinapa Free Trade Zone, Calabar, Cross River State.

THE TINAPA FREE TRADE ZONE & RESORT is administered by the Business Resort Free Zone Company (TBRFZC), a subsidiary of Tinapa Business Resort Limited (TBRL).

The project site, measuring approximately 265 hectares of land, was on 15 August 2006 declared a Free Trade Zone, pursuant to the provisions of Section 1(1) of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Act No. 63 of 1992.

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Promoted by the Cross River State government under a Private Public Partnership (PPP), Tinapa is the realisation of a novel and exciting dream of establishing a Trade, Leisure and Entertainment hub for Africa. It has:

* Pre-built retail and wholesale accommodation amounting to an excess of 65,000[m.sup.2].

* An Open Exhibition Area for Trade Exhibitions and other events.

* An entertainment strip that comprises spaces for a casino, an eight-screen digital cinema, restaurants, a nightclub and pubs. The entertainment centre also has a functional games arcade and a mini amphitheatre.

* A man-made beach, where leisure events can be held.

* Tinapa Lakeside Hotel, a 242-room three-star hotel, managed by African Sun Hotels, one of the continent's leading hospitality managers.

* A movie production studio commonly referred to as "Studio Tinapa". It is the most modern film production studio in Nigeria.

* A water park/leisure land, comprising a collection of children and adult-sized pools and water slides.

* Parking space for about 4,000 cars, a truck terminal and a helipad.

* An independent power plant that ensures an adequate and uninterrupted power supply to the Zone.

* Over 6 km of perimeter fencing, with a good security network and a dedicated police post that provides security for the Zone, in conjunction with a team of private security organisations.

* Efficient telecoms, water supplies and a good internal and external road network that ensures quick access to the adjourning manufacturing-based Calabar Free Trade Zone, the Calabar Port, and the Margaret Ekpo International Airport.

* Over 15 km of underground piping for sewage and storm water and a sewage treatment plant.

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Title Annotation:SPECIAL REPORT
Publication:New African
Geographic Code:6NIGR
Date:May 1, 2012
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