By Princewill Ekwujuru
THE Koinonia Venture Limited (KVL), Nigeria Export Promotion Commission (NEPC) export roundtable, a forum to examine the current challenges facing the non-oil export sector geared towards identifying solutions that could aid non-oil export trade in Nigeria will hold between AugustÂ 25 and 26Â inÂ Kano State.
The forum, the 3rd Edition in the series according to the Convener, Mr. Femi Boyede, Managing Director, KVL, is â€œExporting from Nigeria: Challenges and Solutions â€” Sectoral perspectives,â€ as he disclosed that the forum will provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the export sector in the Northern parts of the country to tackle various challenges that are peculiar to exporters just like their counterparts in the South-West had had the opportunity to do in February and April this year.
He further explained that the export roundtable would serve as a veritable platform for private-public sector dialogue in the promotion of non-oil export. This has been reaffirmed by the recent partnership and endorsement by the Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC). The forum will also serve as a credible feedback source for the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the supervising ministry with oversight function for the development of trade between Nigeria and the entire world.
Recommendations and solutions proffered at the two-day event, are expected to serve as the contribution to the on-going efforts of the Federal Government.
to design a blueprint for the achievement of President Yar Aduaâ€™s vision to place Nigerian amongst the twenty top economies of the world by the year 2020.
Expected at the 2-day event are the Chairman of the Governing Council of the NEPC, the Executive Director/CEO, NEPC, Barr. David Adulugba; Executive Governor of Kano State, Mal. Ibrahim Shekarau; Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Humphrey Abbah; and Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Commerce, Hon. Gilbert Nnaji.
Others are representatives of Manufactures Association of Nigeria (MAN â€“Export Group); Nigeria Export processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), Nigeria Shippers Council, Nigeria Export-Import Bank (NEXIM), Bank of Industry (BOI) among others.Â From the Private sector, participants are drawn from exporters in the relevant sectors of the economy as well as banks and financial institutions and other key private sector players in the non-oil export arena.