In achieving its objectives and in fulfillment of its mandate, the Council has been able to execute the following projects:
- Participation in International exhibitions remains the most effective foreign market entry strategy. In recognition of this, Council, over the years had received approval to spearhead Nigeria’s participation in selected foreign Trade Fairs and Exhibitions.
- To assist Nigerian businessmen take advantage of the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC) was established by NEPC, at Lagos to create avenue for practitioners in apparel production, to have contact with modern equipment and be trained in an industrial setting to produce high quality apparel for both local and international markets.
The expected enhanced product quality is to allow Nigeria join the league of Sub-Saharan African Countries that are benefiting from the provisions of AGOA. The Centre has trained 350 students six batches out of which 62% were women. Out of this number, 12 have taken bold steps to form groups of 3, 4, and 5 respectively, to float their own outfits and had since been in operation.
- A Common Facility Centre (CFC) has been established in Aba, Abia State, where footwear and Apparel producers will be trained and developed to produce international quality standard product for export. The project is a joint programme of NEPC and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and Abia State Government.
- The First Nigerian Export Trade House (NEXTPOTRADE) was established and launched on 11th May, 2007 at MAN House, Ikeja, Lagos. The establishment of the Trade House has enhanced the marketing of Nigerian products particularly in ECOWAS. First shipment to Liberia was done in July 2008. The project was initiated by the Council in collaboration with the private sectors, under the Public Private Partnership (PPP)
- The Export Skills Acquisition Programme (ESAP) initiated by the Council for exporters and would-be exporters has since commenced in different locations across the country. The objective of the programme is to build capacity and entrepreneurship in export trade through training of existing and potential exporters. It is expected that the skills so acquired would enable Nigerian businessmen and women to easily go into export and to be competitive in the international market.
- Through product development activities the Council works towards ensuring the export readiness of Nigeria exportable products in order to make them competitive in international market. Some of these product development efforts are fast yielding results as there is an unprecedented increase in demand for Nigerian products in the international market.
- Apart from this, the Council is strategizing and making new in-roads in the following areas: Repositioning Pineapple Export through the introduction of international exported varieties like MD2 and Gold. Development of new products like Thaumatin, Coconut Oil, Horticulture and the services sub-sector with particular emphasis on Information Technology Business Process Outsourcing (ITBPO) have been stepped-up by the Council.
- The Council also registers and periodically updates the list of exporters.
- The Council has also provided an e-library at its Headquarters to boost knowledge-sharing.
- The Council has also launched an e-commerce platform to promote Nigeria’s export products in local and international markets.
- The Council’s effort to increase the basket of exportable products from Nigeria will soon yield result as plans are underway to revitalize the Nigeria tea industry. These efforts can be gleaned from the National Tea Conference which was held in Mambilla Plateau, Gembu in Taraba state as well as a stakeholders’ forum on the development of a National Policy on Tea held in Abuja last year.
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