In its bid to further boost the existing services exports in Nigeria and other countries in Africa, the Commonwealth of Nations will convene a summit in the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa from June 7 to 9, 2011.
Representatives from trade promotion organisations, governments and business officials from Nigeria and several African countries will meet in Mombasa from June 7 to 9, 2011, to examine ways of boosting the competitiveness of exports in the services sector, such as banking, education, film, music and medical and wellness in their countries.
Noting that trade in services is increasingly becoming an option for diversifying the economies of Nigeria and many African countries to create jobs and improve livelihoods, Estella Aryada, a trade adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat, who assists member countries in improving their competitiveness in the services sector, said that the aim of the three-day workshop was for participants to share good practices, challenges and lessons in exporting services in 19 Commonwealth African countries.
“There have been a number of changes in the Africa region, including improved internet connectivity and access as a result of the completion of major cable installations. We need to re-assess how this is changing the landscape of the competitiveness of the countries to export services,” Ms Aryada further said in a statement obtained by our correspondent in Washington