UNIDO partners NEPC to enhance export product quality

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The Nigerian Export Promotion Council’s plan to establish Quality Management Training Center (QMT) Centre for exports has received endorsement, with the donation of ICT training equipment and accessories by the United Nations Development Organization (UNIDO).

The event which took place at the Headquarters of NEPC yesterday will make the NEPC Training Centre one of the first of its kind. This will guarantee requisite training of manpower and later certification of Centre by International Register of Certified Auditors (IRCA).

Presenting the training equipment, Dr. Shaukat Malik UNIDO’s Chief Technical Adviser on National Quality Infrastructure Project (NQIP) maintained that with this gesture UNIDO has taken the concrete steps in order to finalize capacity building training for quality and standards of food exports.

According to Malik, “UNIDO has forwarded NEPC’s application for certification of the NEPC Training Center to the Certification Quality Instructor/International Register of Certified Auditors (CQI/IRCA), London. This is the world’s largest international auditor certification organization. The documents which are already accepted would serve as building block for issuance of the training license.

He expressed optimism that IRCA would grant approval to NEPC Training Centre to commence training on various aspects of Quality Management Systems (QMS).

Responding, the Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, thanked the Chief Technical Adviser, UNIDO/NQIP Mr. Malik, for the equipment and efforts to get the Center certified.

“The Training Center would impact significantly on the entire value-chain of export business processes in Nigeria, and thus stem the tide of export product rejects. More so, the Center would enhance export quality and standards thereby re-positioning Council’s services for global competitiveness”.

The International Register of Certificated Auditors is the world’s original and largest international auditor certification body designed to make industries and businesses more competitive through the implementation of quality principles and practices.

 

NEPC builds capacity on Garment making in Cross River State

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The NEPC Has identified the apparel and garments sector as a product line that can quickly be developed. This is with a view to gaining market access under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Cross River State Government approached the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) to conduct a firm level technical training programme for the Cross River Garment Factory Ltd. The Garment factory has been identified as an entity that could be propelled to leverage on AGOA if given the necessary technical support.

Consequently, NEPC engaged technical expatriates from sri-lanka and Ghana  to assist on the firm level training for the factory so as to enhance their efficiency level.  It was a 3 weeks training which was held from 12th to 28 November, 2018. The training will in no doubt put the factory on the platform of operating at the international market level with emphasis on US market.

 

Objectives

  • To provide hands on technical training to key factory personnel for skills development and enhancement
  • To provide technical advice in process layout and production line set up

 

Outcomes

The firm level training was an opportunity to take the factory to the next level and the trainees were excited as they craved for more. they appreciated the Council on the effort  towards improvement of their skills. And are excited at the prospects of exporting garments produced by them.

 

Nigeria, AFREXIM Bank sign $1bn facility for export promotion programme

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The Federal Government and African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIM) has signed a $1 billion facility export promotion programme, to Target an acceleration of Nigeria’s non-oil export within Africa. The facility comes  with a total projection of $25 billion inflow within a short period of time.At the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the ongoing Intra-African trade fair in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday, December 13, 2018, the Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo said ‘I think we will arrive at a very successful establishment of the  African Common Market, because I think it is good for African trade”.

Osinbajo stated that “the inter-State trade in Africa is 10%, while 90% is done with countries outside Africa. There is no reason why we should not increase the inter-State trade on this continent. This is why  this First intra African trade fair  is an extra special event. It is the beginning of the coming to pass of one of Africa’s favorite dreams, Increasing Intra  African trade, trade between and among ourselves in pragmatic and sustainable ways”.

He reaffirmed that for the Continent to progress economically, “and for us to live our dreams and the hopes and aspirations of our   founding fathers    we must commend and thank  the African Union,  and Afrexim Bank  for organizing , and  the Government and people of Egypt for hosting this s trade fair and the excellent facilities that have been placed at our disposal”.

“Therefore, it is with great pride that we celebrate the dreams of Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and all of the fathers of our continent as we take part in the first ever intra-African Trade fair.

“Nigeria places a high premium on the economic integration of the Continent and recognizes trade as a veritable tool ‘towards the Africa we all want’: an industrialized, prosperous and peaceful Africa where we generate enough opportunities to accommodate the growing numbers of our peoples.