The Minister of Commerce and Industry, Achike Udenwa, has re-inaugurated the Enlarged National Focal Point (ENFP) Committee.
Accordingly, the committee has been charged with the responsibility ofÂ brainstorming and advising the ministry on decisions relating to domestic and international trade as well as trade negotiations.
The Committee members are drawn from Ministries /Departments/Agencies, the Organised Private Sector (OPS), academia, professional bodies and the legislature.
In his address read by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr. Abubakar Mohammad, the minister pointed out that the major task of the ENFP was â€œto provide technical backstopping for the ministry and the Nigerian Trade Office in Geneva, Switzer-land, in the daily negotiation at the World Trade Organisation (WTO).â€
He further stated that the committee will ensure proper articulation and harmonisation of Nigeriaâ€™s position on any future round trade negotiations to effectively promote the countryâ€™s interest in the WTO, the EU-ECOWAS Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) as well as to enhance Nigeriaâ€™s institutional capacity building and trade negotiation skills.
He recalled that ENFP was unable to deliver on its mandate effectively since its establishment which led the ministry re-inaugurating the enlarged committee, adding that the Enlarged National Focal Point was expected to have a committee of chief executives of companies from key sectors and organisations.
He explained that the committee will also comprise committees on agriculture, non-agricultural market access (NAMA) services, trade and environment, fisheries, trade facilitations, domestic trade matters: preferential trade agreements (AGOA, D8, EPA), bilateral trade agreements (TIFA, TICA, GGICA) and for trade (ATF) monitoring and evaluation (M&E), public enlightenment and publicity.