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Executive Director, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Olusegun Awolowo


The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has trained 120 women on export procedures and solution. Delivery a keynote address at the training session in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Executive Director of NEPC, Mr Olusegun Awolowo, said the training was aimed at improving the understanding of women entrepreneurs and business support organizations on the Shetrades initiative.

He said in line with the initiative, Nigeria is expected to take at least 200,000 women to the international market.Represented by NEPC Deputy Director, Head Trade Information Department, Estelle Igwe, Awolowo noted that the business of most women ends at the informal level, stating that businesses does not make much impact at the informal stage.

He said when business become formal, it goes global and adds to the nation’s GDP, which will in turn engenders a robust economy.Awolowo said a recent ITC survey shows that women entrepreneurs own and manage only one in five exporting firms.

He listed the obstacles preventing women from participating in international trade value chain to include cultural and regulatory barriers, limited access to productive resources, information networks, credit facilities and skill mismatch saying that ‘empowering women to trade programme’ seeks to address the unacceptable situation.

He said: “In seeking to mobilize partners around the world to collaborate towards achieving the economic empowerment of women through trade, ITC launched the SheTrades initiatives in September 2015.

“The call to action was developed through an extensive consultation process. In July 2016, the International Trade Centre launched the Nigeria Chapter of the SheTrades initiatives in Abuja as part of ambitious global agenda to take at one million women from developing economy and economy in transition to the market by the year 2020.

“Of this target figure, Nigeria is expected to take at least 200,000 women to the international market”.He added that that NEPC has created women in export desk at head office and all the regional and smart offices where issues relating to gender activities in trade are handled.Also speaking, the Council’s Coordinator in the South-South regional office, Mrs. Azuka Ikejiofor, expressed hope that the training will give women entrepreneur maximum exposure in the International market arena.


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