The Multilateral and Bilateral Trade Relations Directorate was created out of TI & I in 2010 in order to enhance the Council’s performance in Multilateral and Bilateral Trade Relations.The directorate is responsible for the Council's liaison with other export related Agencies, Multinational/Regional Organizations, Embassies and Organized Private Sector.
Our M & B Relations Directorate has three(3) Units:
1. Agency Coordination & Export Policies Division
- To source technical assistance from international donor agencies for product, market development, trade facilitation, capacity building for staff and exporters
- To handle activities of Non-oil Export Coordinating Committee, arrange for the periodic meetings of the Committee.
- To collaborate with local export related organizations and other regulatory agencies with a view to addressing from time to time all impediments arising from export business.
- Undertake advocacy for addressing some identifiable export programme/projects particularly those that are pro-poor and rural based.
- Undertake research on relevant export issues and advise government on export policies/programme
- To Coordinate the Councils participation in Joint Commissions.
2. Multilateral & Bilateral Division
Undertake the analysis of Multilateral Trade Agreements subscribed to by Nigeria with a view to identifying areas of export opportunities and development.
- Organizing Seminars/Workshops on Multilateral Trade Agreements (i.e.) GSP, EU-ACP (EPA), ECOWAS TLS
- Participation in policy formulation meetings & negotiations of Multilateral Agreements.
- Coordination and monitoring of level of implementation of Multilateral Agreements in Nigeria.
- Collaboration with Regional & International Trade Organizations for Export Growth and Development.
- Periodic Compilation of existing trade agreements
- Relate with Multilateral Trade Agencies on regular basis to take advantage of their services e.g. WTO, UNCTAD, ECOWAS, ITC and World Bank.
- Compile, analyze and update the management on the existing Bilateral Trade Agreements.
- Liaising with Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassies and High Commissions on matters bordering on the promotion of Non-oil Exports and other related Bilateral Trade policy issues.
- Coordinate African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) activities in the Council in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment
- Coordinate the Councils’ participation in Trade Investment Framework agreement (TIFA)
- Organize Workshops and Seminars on Bilateral Trade Related Issues.
3. Export Skills Acquisition Unit
- Coordinate ESAP program
- Liaise with other relevant stakeholders regarding ESAP
- Conduct research on contemporary export skills to keep the ESAP training up to date and relevant
- Coordinate the Councils’ participation at D8 program with a view to identifying areas of export opportunities and development
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