African Continental Free Trade : Customs harps on synergy with maritime industry

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African Continental Free Trade : Customs harps on synergy with maritime industry

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The Nigeria Customs Service has said that collaboration between the Service and maritime industry is imperative to unlock immense potentials of African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The Comptroller General of Customs,CGC Adewale Adeniyi MFR, made this known, at the 43rd Annual Council Meeting and 18th Roundtable of Managing Directors/Exhibition of Port Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA).

CGC Adeniyi stated that the objective of African Continental Free Trade presents a beacon of hope for Africa’s economic transformation, ranging from promoting intra-African trade to sustainable economic growth.

According to him; “These goals resonate profoundly with the eight-point agenda championed by the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“An agenda that aspires to ensure food security, end poverty, foster economic growth, create jobs, provide access to capital, ensure security, improve ease of doing business, uphold the rule of law and combat corruption”.

The CGC disclosed that Customs has taken proactive steps to align its activities with the aspirations related to trade facilitation and ports industry development.

He pointed out : “Notably, our initiatives include transforming Nigeria into Africa’s most efficient trading nation, addressing long-standing issue of port congestion and enforcing the Presidential Directive on 48-hour clearance of goods at seaports, in accordance with the Executive Order 001.

“Furthermore, we are redefining performance measures for key government agencies to emphasise trade facilitation, implementing the National Single Window trading platform and launching a comprehensive transformational programme to support export”.

The Customs Boss reminded participants of the need for Customs and the maritime industry to work together in ensuring the success of AfCFTA.

His words :  “It is a powerful reminder that in this era of increased collaboration and interdependence, Customs and the maritime industry must work hand in hand to ensure the overall success of these initiatives.

“The success of AfCFTA is deeply intertwined with the maritime industry, which plays a vital role in Customs operations and the realisation of AFCFTA’s objective”.

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