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‘Nigeria positioned to leverage African outsourcing opportunities’

By Gloria Nwafor
14 December 2021   |   2:44 am
The Association of Outsourcing Professionals of Nigeria (AOPN) has said that Nigeria is positioned to leverage African outsourcing opportunities.

The Association of Outsourcing Professionals of Nigeria (AOPN) has said that Nigeria is positioned to leverage African outsourcing opportunities.

The association said Nigeria remains the go-to-destination for outsourcing, owing to its continuous skills in niche areas, especially in the services sector.

Treasurer and Board Member of AOPN, Mope Abudu, said this during the institute’s seventh investiture/ induction ceremony , where about 13 fellows and two corporate members were inducted.

Speaking on the theme ‘Outsourcing Industries: Opportunities in the Africa Continental Free Trade Area’, Abudu, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Knight and Bishop Consultancy, said the AOPN is eyeing outsourcing opportunities in the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

Noting that there are quite a few hurdles that have to be addressed in the AfCFTA agreement, she said that AOPN is working with various organisations, agencies and parastatals to address the issues.

According to her, AfCFTA creates bigger market opportunities for outsourcing practitioners in Africa’s biggest economy despite emerging competition from Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia.

Speaking on the newly inducted fellows and corporate members, she said the association recognises members who have been instrumental in the growth of the association and also have a lot of potential in terms of
service and expertise to push the agenda of outsourcing within Nigeria, the professionalism, opportunities and the visibility of its offerings.

In his keynote address, Secretary, Nigeria’s National Action Committee, Francis Anataogu, said the AfCFTA agreement is about growing and diversifying the continent’s export base in both goods and services.

He noted that as companies try to remain competitive and focus on their core areas amid the pandemic, outsourcing has become the way companies have to retain efficiency without affecting quality.

He said that Nigeria’s outsourcing industry has started leveraging the opportunities created by the agreement, stressing that the NAC is working with AOPN to identify the specific interventions that support them in crystallising the opportunities AfCFTA offers.

For Nigeria to be a high outsourcing destination, he said it must have a super data highway and its broadband infrastructure needs to be world-class, adding that the country currently has tech-savvy manpower.