Arrangements have been concluded by the Nigerian Export Promotion
Council (NEPC), in Collaboration with African Growth and Opportunity
Act (AGOA) to partner with the Cross River State Garment Factory for
promotion of export products, as well as build capacity to enhance
professionalism in services rendered.
Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer CEO, NEPC, Mr. Segun
Awolowo stated this yesterday in Calabar while speaking at the one-day
capacity building/training workshop organized for staff of the State
The workshop exposed participants to the importance of good packaging
to meet international standards for exports and building export
capacity for the maximization of AGOA.
Awolowo who was being represented by the Regional Co-coordinator,
NEPC, South West, Mr. Babatunde Faleke reaffirmed Commitment of the
Federal Government to support the Cross River State Governor, Senator
Prof. Ben Ayade’s developmental vision in promoting the state Garment
Factory and other development strides Globally to achieve set goals.
Speaking on the theme: “Understanding AGOA’s Procedures and
Documentation”, Lead speaker at the event, Mrs Bolanle Emmanuel from
AGOA stated that the workshop is organized to sensitize Participants
and the general Public on possible steps to follow in order to take
advantage of the benefit available in AGOA.
The lead speaker maintained that AGOA being a United State Trade that
significantly enhances U S market currently, access to about 39
Sub-Sharan African Countries.
Speaking further, on how AGOA benefit Nigeria, Mrs. Bolanle noted that
it seeks to forge stronger Commercial ties between Nigeria as well as
other qualified African Countries and the United State, while it helps
to integrate Nigeria into the global economy.
The Trade Promotion Advisor, NEPC Calabar smart office, Dr. Emmanuel
Etim said AGOA is the trade policy initiative of the United States of
America which records duty-free treatment to virtually all products
exported by beneficiary Sub-Sharan African (SSA) Countries to the
United States of America market.
According to him, the AGOA bill was enacted in 2000 by the former U. S
President Bill Clinton Administration and was extended in 2015 uptill
2025 by other Successive Administrations.
“The purpose of AGOA include: to promote increased trade and
investment between the U. S and Sub-Sharan African Countries, to
promote economic development and reform in Sub-Sharan Africa and to
promote increased access to opportunities for U. S investment and
business in SSA.
“The U.S market is very large with enormous trade opportunities
which exporters can take great advantage of through AGOA, these
include: Duty free access for eligible products into the largest
single market in the World, Competitive advantage over non-AGOA
Countries that must pay normal tariff rate to enter U.S, AGOA provide
opportunities for Companies to build relationship with their U.S
Counteparts and trade Opportunities for exporting Companies”.Etim
Declaring the workshop opened the state Commissioner for Commerce and
Industry Mr. Akam Egba, who was being represented at the event by the
ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Comrade AkpehOgon urged participants
to put in their best so that the purpose of the workshop will not be
Speaking earlier at the ceremony, an academic don/ lecturer in the
Department of Computer Science, University of Calabar Prof. Alphonsus
Oparaeke, said that the knowledge acquired should be step down,
because, the training was higher than the knowledge of the factory
Similarly, Prof. Nchor Okorn Commended organizers of the workshop
which he said is timely and urged them to do more in building Capacity
for the overall benefit of Nigeria.
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