NEPC encourages women participation in non-oil exports
In an effort to promote effective grassroots participation in non-oil export development activities, a one-day SheTrades sensitization forum has been organized by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Calabar export assistance office, in collaboration with African Women Entrepreneurship Programmes (AWEP) in the Cross River State capital.
Director General/Chief Executive Officer, NEPC, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, said the sensitization forum is aimed at creating export awareness, educating women entrepreneurs on how to successfully register on the SheTrades platform and to create a database of women export oriented companies in the state as well as mobilize women entrepreneurs participation in their programmes and services.
Represented by the Trade Promotion Advisor of NEPC in the state, Dr. Emmanuel Etim, Awolowo noted that the forum will also help to build the capacity of women entrepreneurs and business support organizations on SheTrades initiative and its benefits as well as build entrepreneurial skills that could stimulate growth in non-oil export activities, create jobs, grow the nation’s GDP and promote industrialization in the state.
“This sensitization forum is carefully designed to promote women participation in non-oil exports trade as well as enlighten women exporters/entrepreneurs in the state on accessing the benefits of SheTrades initiatives platform,” he said.
He urged women exporters, association and members of organized private sector (OPS) to take full advantage of the sensitization forum to access the benefits of the SheTrades platform by participating in the programmes thereby building their entrepreneurial skills that could stimulate growth.
Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Cross River State, Mr. Peter Egba, represented by the Director, Administration, Mr. Thomas Atim said activities and programmes have been carried out by the state government on export promotion on non-oil products.
He stated that the state government is prepared to key into the initiative and that efforts will be made towards awareness creation and sensitization on the initiative.
The theme of the forum was “Promoting women participation in non-oil exports trade.”