The need to explore existing opportunities in non-oil export as a retirement plan took the front burner at the monthly meeting of the Forum of Heads of Federal Government Establishments and Institutions in Nigeria, Ondo State Chapter held at Sunview Hotel, Akure.
Addressing members, the host, Mr. Macpherson Fred-Ileogben, Trade Promotion Advisor, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Akure Export Assistance Office, said that lots of opportunities exist in non-oil export and as a Government establishment, NEPC is committed not only to promoting export business but also to processing incentives for exporters.
Mr. Fred-Ileogben who said that the vision of NEPC is to make the entire world a marketplace for Nigerian goods and services, also said that the Council spearheads the diversification of the Nigerian economy by expanding and increasing non-oil exports for sustainable and inclusive economic growth. He informed the audience that in recent times, the Akure Office has succeeded in equipping and exposing would-be exporters and existing exporters to array of opportunities in the state.
Some areas of sensitization and capacity building programmes delivered include facilitation of interaction between non-oil exporters and key stakeholders; exposure to financial windows of opportunities in different banks; formation and launch of Ondo State Exporters’ Cluster; Implementation of One State One Product initiative to encourage states to focus on developing product sectors in which they have comparative and competitive advantage; as well as training on briquette value chain development for export as an alternative to wood charcoal, amongst other areas.
The Trade Promotion Advisor told participants about the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
While also noting that NEPC will continue to interface with other international agencies to ensure smooth business operations for Nigerian exporters, the NEPC Akure Office boss used the opportunity to thank all members of Staff for their continued support saying not much can be achieved without their personal sacrifices.
In attendance at the meeting were all Heads of Federal Government Establishments and Institutions in Ondo State and some Staff of NEPC Akure Export Assistance Office.