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THE Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), in collaboration with Anambra State Committee on Export Promotion has organised a capacity building workshop on “Leveraging on the Potentials of Anambra State to Boost Non-Oil Exports”, for exporters, traders, investors, stakeholders, and various business organisations in Anambra State.

The one-dayworkshop, held at King David Hotels, Awka was aimed at educating investors to embrace and harness various agricultural export opportunities and potentials in the state for non-oil exports.

In his opening remarks, the Chairman, Anambra State Export Promotion Council (ASEPC) and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Trade and Commerce, Daniel Okoli, said that non-oil exports in the country should be promoted  to break away from the mono-economic culture of over dependence on crude oil as the mainstay of the nation’s economy.”

The chairman explained that export trade enhances sustainable economic development by generating employment, creation of wealth, increase in  GDP through earning foreign exchange and other benefits.

In a presentation titled “Exploring the Export Potentials of Anambra State for Inclusive Economic Growth”, the Senior Special Assistant on Agric Export and Livestock Value Chain Development, Dr. Okey Okwuosa said that agricultural exports in Nigerian economy accounts for $1.46bn or 53.99% foreign exchange earnings from Non-Oil exports.

Dr. Okwuosa listed Anambra State’s export potentials to include: diverse range of agro-ecological and soil conditions suitable for the production of varied range of agricultural commodities; demonstrated comparative advantage in production of key export and import-substitution crops, roots and tubers, oil seeds, sea foods, etc, especially cassava (419 variety); Possibility of capturing substantial portion of the ECOWAS agricultural commodity market.

Okwuosa said that export opportunities were available through air links for fresh agricultural produce within the ECOWAS subregion and some major European markets. He advised exporters to stick to the standards to meet international best practices to avoid products rejection  in the receiving country,, assuring that the state government, through Agric Export Desk and ANSIPPA,  is ready to assist them with all the needed information for a wise investment.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Secretary, ASEPC and Head Of Department, Commerce, Anambra State Ministry of Trade and Commerce,  Henrietta Basil-Ideh thanked Governor Willie Obiano, and the  Commissioner for Trade and Commerce,  Dr Christian Madubuko for their efforts in moving the wheels of non-oil exports forward in the state.

She stated that there is high demand for “Anambra Rice” as the production followed international standards in choice of seeds, land cultivation, harvesting and processing methods.

Also speaking, the Regional Coordinator NEPC, Southeast,  Gertrude Ukoanam, in a presentation titled ‘The Role of NEPC in the Development of Nigeria’s Non-Oil Exports” describe NEPC as a lead agency of the federal government mandated to spearhead and sustain the dynamic export development programmes in the country.

Mrs. Ukoanam explained that NEPC spearheaded the participation of Nigerian companies in foreign International Trade Fairs exhibitions, Trade Missions and Contact Promotion Programmes to showcase products.

 

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