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NEPC trains and equips 92 companies with exports skills

July 11, 2020

The NEPC organised an “Export Clinic”; a training programme for newly registered exporters with the Council. The Clinic with the theme “Understanding Export Business in Nigeria” was held at the NEPC Headquarters, Maitama Abuja. The Executive Director/CEO Mr. Segun Awolowo, ably represented  by the Director, Export Development and Incentives Department Mr. Abdullahi Sidi –Aliyu, welcomed the participants to the event . He further mentioned that the Covid-19 pandemic has distorted global businesses and economies including a drastic reduction in oil revenues for Nigeria. Hence the urgent need for increased non-oil exports vis-a vis export earnings. The ED/CEO urged the participants to make good use of the opportunity offered by the Council at the training to freely interact with the resource persons and get better understanding of the issues and challenges that could hinder their export business

Objectives

  • Getting newly registered exporters sensitized on the various stages of export business.
  • Inducting newly registered exporters into export trade.
  • Increasing the number of MSME exporters.
  • Sensitizing prospective exporters on the activities of the Council and how they could access the services to boost their export
  • Increasing the number of MSME exporters and
  • Improving the nation’s foreign exchange earnings from non-oil exports among others.

The training took place in full compliance to the existing protocols of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid -19 with maximum of 25 participants at each batch and physical distancing in the seating arrangement were strictly adhered to.

Presentations were made by seasoned practitioners in the non-oil export sub- sector and financial services sectors of the economy including Mr. Collin Nwosu of the International Trade Facilitation Association an ITC Consultant and a representative of Zenith Bank Plc. on the following topics:

  • Overview of the Export Process.
  • Financing Opportunities for Non-Oil Exporters & Procedures for Accessing Them.

These were followed by interactive sessions between the resource persons and the participants.

The programme which was very successful had Ninety –Seven (97) exporters trained and equipped with export skills during the four days it lasted.