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President of African Association of Interior Designers (AAID), Mr. Olaniyi Gbolahan has called on government to provide basic infrastructure and the enabling environment for operators to thrive.

Gbolahan spoke at a sensitisation workshop organised by AAID and the India Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) in Lagos.

He explained that if basic infrastructure needed for production are made available in Nigeria, the sector has the capacity to contribute significantly to the nations gross domestic profit.

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He observed that Nigeria needs to stop importing raw materials and start exporting finished goods in order to develop the human resource, which is the most important tool for development.

Gbolahan also want the authorities to create viable support for associations to organise fairs and exhibitions to showcase more of the good products produced locally to international communities.

“Like what India is doing, the country organizes international fairs and invite prospective buyers from all over the world to come to India. With about 3,000 interior designers, our association has accredited design schools where we empower people by training them in interior designing so that they don’t need to seek for employment rather they become employers of labour. There is need to create enabling environment to thrive and awareness through workshops on export marketing, procedures and packaging”.

Also speaking, the Joint Director of EPCH, Mr. Rajesh Rawat stated that the workshop is organised to sensitise Nigeria’s interior decoration operators on the benefits of participating in Delhi’s home, lifestyle and textile fair slated for February 2019 in India.

He said the event promoted by EPCH would enhance the Nigeria’s interior industry and provide a veritable platform for Nigerians to interact with about 11,000 Indians who operate in the sector across various clusters.

According to him, India’s interior decoration export to Nigeria in 2018 stood at $60million stressing that government plans to increase the trade penetration by educating Nigerians on how to do business with Indians especially sourcing for interior products.

He urged Nigeria décor operators to leverage on the fair to boost the industry and promote more foreign direct investment.


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