The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI, is committed to strengthening the capacity of the organized private sector to play profitably in the African Continental Free Trade Areas, AfCFTA.
At the 16th Abuja International Trade Fair, Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar, president of ACCI, on Monday, noted that in view of achieving AfCFTA, the capacity training for export market, trans-national alternative dispute resolution, and pro-business policies were critical.
He said, “The private sector must be ready to capitalize on the readiness of the government to deploy all state apparatus in support of Nigeria’s participation in AfCFTA.
“As Nigeria is grooming her business class for continental trade, other African nations are also in the same race. This is where the private sector becomes a critically relevant partner of government to deliver on AfCFTA benefits,” he noted.
In addition to the action plans already created by the National Action Committee on AfCFTA, Abubaar called for action to also ensure single export clearing desk to facilitate exports, force regulators to become facilitators and declare export facilitation a national emergency.
“As a nation facing low export and high import and facing stiff competition from over 50 nations, we must take export mobilization as an emergency,” he said.
He further urged the presidency to summon leaders of agencies in the export sector to enforce single desk clearance for exporters.