The Nigerian Export Promotion Council, through the Export Expansion Facility Programme, has begun a capacity-building workshop to train 100 women-owned businesses on how to export their products.
NEPC, in partnership with Agrochains Consult, said the five-day workshop currently holding in Lagos would feature sessions on institutionalising the inclusion of more women-led Small and Medium Enterprises into the non-oil export ecosystem.
It disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday and jointly signed by a representative of EEFP, Ivy Clem, and the Chief Executive Officer, Agrochains Consult, Titi Ojo.
The council said the target of the training was to ensure improved packaging, branding standardised certifications and enhancing knowledge of relevant international trade agreements.
This, it said, would in turn help the businesses access new global markets.
The Executive Director, NEPC, Olusegun Awolowo, was quoted in the statement as saying, “It is heartening to note the progress women-owned businesses have made as key economic drivers in Nigeria’s non-oil export eco-system.
“The NEPC always strives to partner reputable private sector companies such as Agrochains Consult in our continuing effort to create an army of exporters that will drive non-oil exports and promote the diversification of Nigeria’s export portfolio for inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
“The training of 100 women-owned businesses on export readiness is part of our efforts to achieve inclusion and effective participation of women in the non-oil export sector.”
The Agrochains CEO said the focus of the training would be on providing real-world experience, insight, in-depth research, evidence-based information and keynotes from industry leaders.
Ojo said, “The topics being covered include leveraging institutional partnerships to develop export competencies of the businesses, support with improved packaging, branding, standardised certification and knowledge of trade agreements and market requirements.
“An opportunity to partner the NEPC/EEFP to train women CEOs on export readiness is an indication of trust and our commitment to the businesses will exceed the five–day mark.”
Ojo said Agrochains had structured a six-month mentorship programme to ensure participants received the required support from experienced mentors.
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