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Vanguard wins Presidential Export Award

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By Henry Umoru
VANGUARDNewspapers has got the most friendly media award by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in its first Presidential Exporter-of-the-Year Awards.

According to a Deputy Director in the office of the NEPC Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Henry Ogli Otowo, the awards are designed to confer due recognition on key players in the non-oil export sector, who have braved all odds and challenges of the operating environment and continue to enhance Nigeria’s performance in the international market-place by expanding their exports in terms of value, volume and/or markets.

Otowo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Award Committee, explained that the awards are also meant to recognise other categories such as Trade Facilitation, Export Education, Export Innovativeness, Pro-activeness in Export Promotion (at the states level), Gender (Woman Exporter-of-the Year) among others.
The awards were  conferred Wednesday, at a ceremony which marked the end of the first edition of the Nigerian Non-oil Exports Conference, Exhibition and Awards, NNECEA 2010, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 25th through 27th October, 2010.

In a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations of NEPC, Joe Itah, while releasing the list of winners of the first Presidential Exporter-of-the-Year Awards, he noted that the agency which is the apex agency for the promotion and development of non-oil exports from Nigeria came up with the winners after ratification of the preliminary nominations by a selection committee that critically screened the nominees based on stiff criteria based on authenticated performance in the various categories of awards.

Other categories of winners are Cocoa, Olam Nigeria Plc for commodities, Indigenous exporter went to Saro Agro-Allied Ltd; for cotton as commodities, the award went to West African Cotton Company Limited; Manufacturing of Leather, Mamuda Industries, Manufacturing of Plastics, Eleme Petrochemicals-Indorama; Manufacturing of Foot wears was received by Asia Plastics Limited/Lee Group, while woman exporter of the year went to Ada Chidume Okoro, among others.

According to the statement, the NEPC in instituting the awards, was only adopting the very best tools of export promotion that have been successfully practised in other countries like the United States of America’s Presidential “E” Awards for Export Excellence, which is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition offered by the U.S. government to U.S. businesses.

He explained that the President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organisations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The statement read in part: “It is the mark of excellence for any firm engaged in exporting their manufactured good or service and for export service providers.

“All “E” Award winners receive a certificate signed in the name and by the authority of the President by Secretary of Commerce, a lapel pin, and a white pennant with a large blue “E” on it to fly over their plant or office.”

He also referred to the case in Uganda where the Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB)coordinates the Presidential Export Awards annually, to recognise and encourage the business sector in exports. He stated that the UEPB has maintained the culture of organising the Presidential Exporters Award for some years now.

“In Uganda, the award encourages local exporters to look beyond the local markets and focus on the wider perspective, which is the region. The awardees were selected based on a very steep set of criteria principally based on authenticated evidence of export performance in the areas of actual shipments and repatriated proceeds.

“This is the reason why the selection committee comprised of all relevant regulatory authorities like, Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria Customs Service, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, KPMG and PriceWaterHouse Coopers. The NEPC, authors of the awards, provided the secretariat.”

According to a Deputy Director in the office of the NEPC Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Henry Ogli Otowo, the awards are designed to confer due recognition on key players in the non-oil export sector, who have braved all odds and challenges of the operating environment and continue to enhance Nigeria’s performance in the international market-place by expanding their exports in terms of value, volume and/or markets.

Otowo, who doubles as the Chairman of the Award Committee, explained that the awards are also meant to recognise other categories such as Trade Facilitation, Export Education, Export Innovativeness, Pro-activeness in Export Promotion (at the states level), Gender (Woman Exporter-of-the Year) among others.

The awards were  conferred Wednesday, at a ceremony which marked the end of the first edition of the Nigerian Non-oil Exports Conference, Exhibition and Awards, NNECEA 2010, which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, from 25th through 27th October, 2010.

In a statement signed by the Head, Public Relations of NEPC, Joe Itah, while releasing the list of winners of the first Presidential Exporter-of-the-Year Awards, he noted that the agency which is the apex agency for the promotion and development of non-oil exports from Nigeria came up with the winners after ratification of the preliminary nominations by a selection committee that critically screened the nominees based on stiff criteria based on authenticated performance in the various categories of awards.

Other categories of winners are Cocoa, Olam Nigeria Plc for commodities, Indigenous exporter went to Saro Agro-Allied Ltd; for cotton as commodities, the award went to West African Cotton Company Limited; Manufacturing of Leather, Mamuda Industries, Manufacturing of Plastics, Eleme Petrochemicals-Indorama; Manufacturing of Foot wears was received by Asia Plastics Limited/Lee Group, while woman exporter of the year went to Ada Chidume Okoro, among others.

According to the statement, the NEPC in instituting the awards, was only adopting the very best tools of export promotion that have been successfully practised in other countries like the United States of America’s Presidential “E” Awards for Export Excellence, which is one of the most prestigious forms of recognition offered by the U.S. government to U.S. businesses.

He explained that the President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organisations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The statement read in part: “It is the mark of excellence for any firm engaged in exporting their manufactured good or service and for export service providers.

“All “E” Award winners receive a certificate signed in the name and by the authority of the President by Secretary of Commerce, a lapel pin, and a white pennant with a large blue “E” on it to fly over their plant or office.”

He also referred to the case in Uganda where the Uganda Export Promotions Board (UEPB)coordinates the Presidential Export Awards annually, to recognise and encourage the business sector in exports. He stated that the UEPB has maintained the culture of organising the Presidential Exporters Award for some years now.

“In Uganda, the award encourages local exporters to look beyond the local markets and focus on the wider perspective, which is the region. The awardees were selected based on a very steep set of criteria principally based on authenticated evidence of export performance in the areas of actual shipments and repatriated proceeds.

“This is the reason why the selection committee comprised of all relevant regulatory authorities like, Central Bank of Nigeria, the Nigeria Customs Service, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, KPMG and PriceWaterHouse Coopers. The NEPC, authors of the awards, provided the secretariat.”


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