By Naomi Uzor
NIGERIA is not ready for service export .This Â Â Â was the view of the Managing Â Â Â Director, Nathan EME, Mr. Sunil Sinha, an export consulting firm..
Sinha, who spoke on â€˜Developing A Professional Services Export Strategy for Nigeria-2009â€™ during a validation workshop on the strategy for the export of Nigeriaâ€™s professional services, organised by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC),Â in Lagos, told participants that, despite the countryâ€™s huge potentials in non-oil export products, yet, it is not ready to export them.
According to him, what is needed is not â€œgrand plans but targeted actionsÂ to unlock Nigerian entrepreneurshipâ€, adding that â€œNigeria can build from the platforms businesses have established and if businesses leads, then policy makers will follow.
He said to do this, there is need to improve business support services for small businesses in all professional service sector especially for â€œnew startups, reduce investment barriers, re-orient technical and vocational education to serve high growth sectors, implement marketing strategies for each sector, promote Foreign Direct Investment FDI, in fledging sectors, establish public-public, public-private, private-private partnerships to move forward sector strategies and that NEPC needed to launch projects to obtain resources, facilitate and coordinate themâ€.
The Executive Director/ CEO NEPC, Mr. David AdulugbaÂ in his presentation appealed to all stakeholders to partake in the deliberations, cooperate with the consultant and contribute positively to the discussions, since the forum is serving as the medium for generating the data that will be used in drafting the final document of the strategic framework.
He said the sectorâ€™s strategy will among other things seek to provide the framework for guiding export sector stakeholders and directing action towards the realisation of the vision of export growth in the sector.
â€œThe strategy will focus on need capacity analysis and the critical action needed to drive the export readiness of the sector for the attainment of economic benefit of Nigeria. It is imperative to note that trade in service is a new area altogether when compared to trade in commodities.
The dynamics ofÂ trade export in services makes it mandatory for all stakeholders and operators in the export business to vigorously pursue all viable optionsâ€ he stated.
Furthermore he said that the initiative will no doubt, help in focussing attention of policy makers, stakeholders, exporters, and would-be exporters on the potentials of the service sub-sector and how to harness them maximally for the overall growth and development of the nationâ€™s economy.