The Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC. Dr Ezra Yakusak says deliberate efforts would consistently be tailored by the agency under his watch towards enhancing the capacity of local manufacturers engaging in exports to guarantee seamless access to the global market.
According to Dr Yakusak, such pragmatic measures are needed to equip local exporters with the technical assistance vital to tackling the intricate barriers prevalent in the export market.
Dr Yakusak stated this in his opening remark at a one day training workshop on African Contemporary Export Programme held in Calabar over the weekend for exporters and micro small and medium enterprises in the state.
The Executive Director who was represented at the event by his Assistant Director , Export Development and Incentives Sherifat Musa revealed that the workshop was in pursuant of the Council’s primary mandate of building the capacity of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises to accelerate non oil exports.
The NEPC boss disclosed that the agency has been repositioned towards achieving it’s core mandate of harnessing the vast export potentials of the country in a bid to generate the foreign exchange earnings from non oil products
Earlier, he Trade Promotion Advisor, Calabar NEPC office Mr Demian Osas said the workshop was conceived by the export training institute under NEPC to furnish teeming exporters and business men with the requisite knowledge to overcame barriers prevalent in exports trade.
The Trade Promotion Advisor opined that NEPC opted for Africa as the focal point of the training to enable indigenous exporters and business explore the huge benefits inherent in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which Nigeria is signatory to.
In his submission, the lead resource person Mr Kola Aweo of Export Impex Logistics called for drastic reforms from government to liberalize export trade in Nigeria.
He contended that the steps have become imperative since export is the next hope of the Nigerian economy as the world gears towards green energy.
The event also witnessed presentation from banks on modalities for accessing intervention facilities evolved to finance manufacturing and export sectors