The Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, has said that government would consult with stakeholders on the National Trade Policy Review presented to the ministry by the Committee on Trade Policy Review.
The minister made this known during the presentation of Trade Policy Review by the chairman of the Review Committee, Ademola Oyejide, in his office in Abuja yesterday.
Aganga, said that the ministry would harvest the views of main players and the National Focal Point for Trade Matters before the policy would be presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for approval.
“We will leave room for consultation with local exporters who are the main players and it will go through the National Focal Point for Trade Matters which has a larger group, to get their views, as well as the manufacturers and at the end of the day we will come up with a document that all of us will be proud of,” he stressed.
The minister commended the committee for a job well done adding that government intended to move away from just exporting primary produce to value added produce that were linked to industrial revolution plan which would focus on building the nation’s industries on areas it has comparative and competitive advantage.
“The idea is that rather than export iron ore we want to export steel, rather than export limestone we want to export cement that will enable us to create jobs in the country,”he said.