ASEPC to make Anambra non-oil export market
From Larry Nwaiwu, Enugu.
IN LINE with Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s policy of making Anambra State a market place for non-oil export, the Anambra State Export Promotion Committee has drawn an action plan aimed at actualising the dream.
Hint to the effect was dropped by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Samuel Chinedu Ikeh, who also doubles as Chairman of the Committee during the second quarterly stakeholders meeting held at the State Secretariat Complex, Awka.
According to the state Director of Commerce and Secretary of ASEPC, Henrietta Basil-Ideh, who represented the permanent secretary who was unavoidably absent due to other official engagements, the aim of the meeting was to remind the members of the vision of the committee to make Anambra State a market place for non-oil export.
Presenting her opening speech, Mrs. Basil-Ideh said that the meeting focused on the development of non-oil export business activities in respect to the One-State-Product (OSOP) strategy which is in line with Nigerian Export Promotion Council ( NEPC) mandate.
The event was a huge success with all the sub- committee members in attendance.
The committee drew six actions plans which they believe could be achieved through intensive grassroots mobilisation of all the stakeholders of export related activities in Anambra State.
The plans also include, identifying the value chain operators, registration of the state value chain operators for export purposes and training and sanitisation of stakeholders by Export Promotion Council and other relevant agencies and organizations.
Others are, monitoring and evaluation of business outfits for feedback on their compliance , funding and providing incentives for the committee.
Dignitaries at the event include Prof. Nkiru Meludu, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, UNIZIK, Awka, Princess Caroline Ajuora, President, Awka Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, Dara Chijioke Okechukwu, State Coordinator, Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Mozie J.O, representative of Value Chain Development Program and a host of others.