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African Centre for Supply Chain, CRFFN collaborate over trade facilitation

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By Godwin Oritse &
Esther Onyegbula

IN a bid to facilitate trade at the Nigerian seaports and enhance cross border trade, African Centre for Supply Chain, ACSC, and the Council for Regulation of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria, CRFFN, are currently in talks to enhance the capacity of freight forwarders, sharpening their skills for international trade.

Disclosing this to newsman in Lagos during a courtesy call to the Director General of the African Centre for Supply Chain, Dr Obiora Madu, said that the Centre will assist the Council to enhance the capacity of freight forwarders so as to bring them up to date on issues in international trade.

Madu said “We want to acquaint the agency with some of the things that we do and also seek a possible partnership that will impact the country positively.

“One area that we also want to be of assistance is capacity building of freight forwarders, without freight forwarding industry, there will be no international trade, and capacity is very key.

“The capacity of freight forwarders has been an issue; right now our rating in the world performance index is very low as a result of our low-level trade facilitation. So we came to ask for a partnership.

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“Trade facilitation is key in the world now, trade facilitation is simply making life easier for people who are doing trade, both from implementation angle, infrastructure angle.”

Similarly, Registrar of the CRFFN, Barrister Samuel Nwakohu noted that the agency is opened to partnering with African Centre for Supply Chain,   especially in the area of trade facilitation.

Nwakohu explained that there are several things concerning trade facilitation that he will love freight forwarders to embrace adding that one of the issues the Council will work together Centre to ensure that the values which the Centre are imparted on stakeholders and staff of the Council in particular.

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