NUJ Workshop on AfCFTA :
All roads lead to Lagos Airport Hotel, by May 24, 2022
* AfCFTA headquarters in Ghana, NIMASA, Customs, SON, SIFAX to make presentations
All roads will lead to Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos State, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, as the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State chapter, under the leadership of Mr. Adeleye Ajayi, as Chairman plays host to various business concerns across the country in a workshop on challenges of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
The event has as its Chief Host and Guest of Honour, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, with the theme; ‘The AfCFTA Challenge On Nigerian Businesses’.
The workshop is designed to, among other things, x-ray the AfCFTA principles and its workings, constraints/challenges faced by Nigerian businesses in tapping fully its benefits and possible solutions.
Over 200 journalists drawn from print, electronic and online media will be taking part in this important programme.
The event slated for 10.00am, will also have in attendance the Minister of Trade and Investment, as well as top officials of Lagos State Government.
Key presentations will be made by officials from AfCFTA headquarters in Accra, Ghana; the academia; Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA); and Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
Others are, the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), SIFAX Group, Nigerian Shippers’ Council (NSC), Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Skyway Aviation Handling Company (SAHCO).
Participants will come out with a communiqué at the end of the workshop.
AfCFTA is a regional trade concept designed to break trade barriers impeding businesses among the countries of African continent. Just like its counterpart, the European Economic Community (EEC), AfCFTA worth over $3.0 trillion annually, is seen as a veritable opportunity to facilitate regional trade in the continent.
It was created to eliminate tariff and non-tariff barriers amongst the 54 countries that make up the Trade Area. Though the scheme is presumed to have taken off but virtually all the nation’s businesses appear unprepared to tap fully the potentials of this laudable initiative.
While some smaller nations in the continent look more prepared and have embraced the scheme, the same cannot be said of Nigeria where there is nothing presently on ground to prove otherwise. The various regulatory agencies also on their part appear not to be doing much for the country to key into this laudable initiative.