Akure – Training on all relevant and necessary skills and knowledge required in getting the best value out of the nation’s exports by businessmen and women has been described as important by the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr Olusegun Awolowo.
He stated this during a one-day workshop for 100 Small and Medium entrepreneurs and registered exporters tagged: “Accessing Export Market: The E-Commerce Option.”, on Thursday in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital.
Awolowo, who was represented by Mr Oluwole Monehin, the Trade Advisor of NEPC, Akure Smart office, noted that export businesses were dynamic, information-driven and knowledge-based, “hence the need for the training.”
He emphasised that having knowledge of details of all necessary processes in export trade would avail the exporters the best profits in their business dealings.
Commending the registered exporters for their patriotism, Awolowo assured that NEPC continues to engage exporters in capacities building with a view to bringing their potentialities to fore and compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.
According to him, “Your understanding of basic export-related knowledge such as presentation of the export plan, procedures and documentation, appropriate export pricing, acceptable packaging, payment terms and access to relevant funds are very strategic to success in your export endeavours.
“And I commend your commitment and patriotism to the economic diversification agenda of the Federal Government, most especially the non-oil export sector.”
Reeling out some of the achievements of the NEPC Smart Office, Awolowo said pragmatic steps had been taken to redesign non-oil export direction through a programme tagged: “The Zero Oil Plan” intended to provide a future economy for Nigeria without oil.
He revealed that capacity building programme for cocoa farmers on Good Agricultural Practices(GAP) had been done, adding that “We also presented fermentation boxes to some beneficiary farmers and also carried out capacity building programmes for cashew farmers and marketers on GAP.
“The office equally trained cotton farmers on pre and post-harvest handling and management of cotton for quality production at Itapaji in Ekiti.
“NEPC, Akure Smart office, also taught how to use agriculture produce drying equipment for product quality improvement, preservation and export competitiveness to farmers.”
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Ministry of Investment, Trade and Commerce, Barrister Bamidele Arowosola assured that the state government was committed to partnering with the private sector to boost the state economy.
He described the workshop as apt and in accordance with the state government’s policies and programme, adding that NEPC was a viable partner in achieving the programme.
Arowosola noted that the volume of trade conducted electronically globally had gone up astronomically, urging the participants to key into e-commerce as a viable means of business.
One of the participants, Miss Similoluwa Adesola, a bead maker, said the training had exposed her to how to expand her business venture.