The Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, says its planned export week would showcase Nigeria’s non-oil export potentials and help entrepreneurs, especially, small and medium enterprises, SMEs, look out for new opportunities in the sector.
Executive Director of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak, who disclosed this at a press briefing on the export week on Friday in Abuja, said it is vital for businesses to have the support and information they need to become successful.
Yakusak noted that the export week, which is first of its kind to be held by NEPC is in line with the council’s strategic efforts of imbibing, sustaining and deepening an export culture in the non-oil export ecosystem.
He added that these strategic efforts are implemented through series of engagements with key stakeholders within the exporting community and the general public.
“The Export Week is a continuation of that engagement with critical stakeholders and discerning members of the public. The objective is to keep the “Export4Survival” campaign in the front burner of national discourse using the Export Week as a strategic information and communication tool to change the narratives.
“We envisage that the Export Week will provide a path for business and sector led activities to thrive as well as help entrepreneurs particularly SMEs look out for new opportunities in the sector. Therefore, it is vital for these businesses to have the support and information they need to become successful,” he said.
The NEPC boss noted that one of the key objectives of the Export Week is to highlight the significance of exporting to the country’s economy by strengthening and deepening interactions and partnerships with relevant stakeholders in the public and private sector.
While stating that the ultimate goal is to ensure that the event will become an avenue for massive recruitment of people into the non-oil export net, expressed NEPC’s desire for Nigerians to step into the reality that the only way to guarantee our economic survival is through non-oil export.
Yakusak said the council is, therefore, embarking on a massive sensitization and renewed partnerships with the private and public sector, not just at the national level but also at the sub-national level.
Speaking on activities lined up for the Export Week, he said there would be launching of “Export4Survival” Campaign by the Minister of Industry, Trade and investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo.