NEPC to Launch EEG Portal
December 13, 2019
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has announced plans to launch a web portal for the Export Expansion Grant (EEG) scheme. The Portal will promote transparency in the processing of claims for exporters under the scheme.
The Executive Director, NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo, explained that the web portal which would be launched in January 2020, would greatly ease the stress of exporters. It would mean an end to physical presence and travelling associated with the former way of processing claims.
He stated that with the introduction of a web portal, exporters can conveniently capture their baseline data, claims’ applications and submit online from the comfort of their homes and offices.
This was at a one-day training of EEG beneficiaries on the EEG web portal in Lagos. The training which was held in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), was to showcase the features of the portal.
Awolowo represented by the Regional Coordinator South-West region, NEPC, Samuel Oyeyipo, explained that to achieve the goals of diversification of the economy from oil dependence, technology had to be introduced to the non-oil sector to improve the country’s ranking on the ease of doing business.
“The diversification of the economy from oil is one of the focal points of economic development at the centre of this current government’s mandate. I strongly believe that the automation of the EEG processing through the introduction and efficient implementation of the portal would significantly improve the performance of the non-oil sector of the Nigerian economy, “ he added.
The Deputy Director, Incentives NEPC, Lawal Dalhat, said the portal was created in line with the Federal Government’s policy on the ease of doing business within the nation. He also stated that “The platform will provide opportunity for all stakeholders (processing government agencies, auditors, exporters and relevant bodies) to submit, review and access information regarding processing of claims,” . “We believe that the automated program will further boost non-oil exports as more exporters will be encouraged to participate in subsequent export transactions.” he said.