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NEPC, AGOA to partner C/River Garment Factory



Leadership Nigeria News Today

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

Garment Factory.


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.