Centre to showcase made-in-Nigeria products to Nordic European Countries

Gombe said the region had overtime expressed strong interest to do business with their African counterparts through various government initiatives and private business forums.

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The African Network Centre Sarl Ltd says made-in-Nigeria products will be on display in four Nordic countries- Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland in October.

Mr Ahmed Gombe, Chief Executive Officer of the centre, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

NAN reports that the Nordic Countries are a geographical and cultural region in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic.

Gombe said the region had overtime expressed strong interest to do business with their African counterparts through various government initiatives and private business forums.

He said the centre, in collaboration with other stakeholders, planned a business mission to four of the Nordic countries to promote made-in-Nigeria goods.

He explained that there were many high quality made-in-Nigeria products which could compete favourably in the international market to boost Nigeria’s non-oil sector and diversify the economy.

“Over the years the Nigerian Government and businesses have made increasing effort to steer away from being solely dependent on oil export as their economic mainstay, putting non-oil export in the spotlight.

“Recently the Central Bank of Nigeria has been advocating and carrying out a series of fora to promote non-oil export and also made-in Nigeria products.

“The economy of the Nordic Region is among the wealthiest in the world and has continued to thrive despite the impact of COVID-19, so we intend to introduce and market Nigeria to this region.

“From Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, we will work with the Nigerian Embassy in Sweden to go round the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

“We want them to know that Nigeria is a destination for non-oil export and also a good market for import of made-in Nigeria products,” he said.

Gombe also said that the centre was collaborating with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank to promote the export of made-in Nigeria products to other countries around the world.

He said many youths would be trained to be ‘exportpreneurs’ after the launch of the Nigeria Export-Import Corridor Initiative with a portal to register and train youths on export of Nigerian goods.

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He also applauded the strides of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council in establishing the Export Trade Houses for made-in-Nigeria products in some African countries.

“We are going to work with them to establish a similar Export Trade House in Morocco; we are also looking at the Nordic region to establish it somewhere there.

“The idea is that when you want to look for made-in Nigeria products, you just go to that export warehouse.

“We are also going to deploy technology with an app or software where you can log in, download and get the necessary information and transaction as an exportpreneur.

“As we identify other destinations for made-in Nigeria products, we will continue to collaborate and promote this initiative,” Gombe said.

 

(NAN)