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Minister charges investors on inclusive AfCTA implementation

By Tina Abeku and Hassana Abdullahi, Abuja
16 December 2021   |   3:46 am
The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum, has said that for Nigeria to truly attain economic growth, investors and businesses must ensure an inclusive African Free Continental Trade Area, (AfCTA) Implementation.

Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum. Photo: TWITTER/TRADEINVESTNG

The minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Ambassador Mariam Katagum, has said that for Nigeria to truly attain economic growth, investors and businesses must ensure an inclusive African Free Continental Trade Area, (AfCTA,) Implementation.

Katagum made this known at a multi-stakeholder gender and economic growth meeting tagged ‘Buenos Aires: Pathway to Inclusive African Free Continental Trade Area Implementation in Nigeria’, held in Abuja, yesterday.

The minister who was represented by the Deputy Director of commodities at the Ministry, Kaura Irimiya, said the meeting will enable women to benefit from new trade and export opportunities available in the free trade area as well as overcome challenges of poverty, discrimination, exploitation and poor representation of women in leadership and governance.

She said: “We are aware that today as in the past, women continue to make enormous contributions to the present economy whether in business, farms, and sales as entrepreneurs or employees by providing basic care roles at home as evident during Covid-19 pandemic and how they care for everyone.

“Presently, women remained appropriately affected by poverty, discrimination, exploitation and poor representation of leadership and governance so gender issue is not just women issue, it is a national issue.

“Therefore as we steered towards economic growth of the country, and in our efforts to move the country to prosperity in getting women in economic and empowerment and set our compass in the right direction towards gender equality, poverty eradication, inclusive sustainable economic growth.”

Minister of Women’s Affairs, Pauline Tallen, also said that as a gender machinery, her ministry will continue to bring issues of gender, women, children and other vulnerable groups to public attention and ensure they benefit from economic empowerment of women and various other components of economic empowerment.