The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), as part of the Export Expansion Facility Program (EEFP) in association with Agrochains Consult, launched a capacity development workshop in Lagos yesterday to train 100 women-owned businesses in preparation for export.
The five-day workshop, which will take place from October 11-15 in Lagos, will also take place in Abuja and will feature accelerator sessions to institutionalise the integration of more women-led SMEs into the non-oil export ecosystem with specific training on improved packaging, standardised certifications and knowledge of international trade agreements which will help their businesses and promote the opening of new global markets to them.
The Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Mr, Olusegun Awolowo said: “It is heartening to note the progress women-owned businesses have made as key economic drivers in Nigeria’s non-oil export ecosystem. The NEPC always strives to partner with reputable private sector companies such as Agrochains Consult in our continuing effort to create an army of exporters that will drive non-oil exports and promote the diversification of Nigeria’s export portfolio for inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
The training of 100 women-owned businesses on export readiness is part of our efforts to achieve inclusion and effective participation of women in the non-oil export sector.”
CEO, Agrochains Consult, Titi Ojo also speaking, said: “As a private-sector leader in capacity building, training and workshops we focus on providing real-world experience, insight, in-depth research, evidence-based information and keynotes from industry leaders.
“The topics to be covered will include, leveraging institutional partnerships to develop export competencies of the businesses, support with improved packaging, branding, standardized certification and knowledge of trade agreements and market requirements.
“An opportunity to partner with the NEPC/EEFP to train women CEOs on export readiness is an indication of trust we do not take lightly, our commitment to the businesses will exceed the five–day mark as we have structured a six-month mentorship programme to ensure participants get to export with the support of experienced mentors,” she said.
Through strategic alliances, NEPC has provided technical support to SMEs to improve the competitiveness of products in the international market. The Export Expansion Facility Programme (EEFP) under the federal government’s N2.3 trillion Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP) aims to protect exporters from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, secure jobs and protect the economy from future shocks with an emphasis on promoting economic growth through exports.