The Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) Abuja Chapter has called on all Shippers to associate with the body to fully utilize the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Programme.
The AGOA forum is one of the key components of the U.S African strategy that focuses on increasing the United States Trade and Investment in Africa as a mechanism for job creation within the continent.
The Executive Secretary of the NACC Abuja Chapter, Mr Ayo Salaam disclosed that Nigerian companies have not taken advantage of the AGOA because they export mainly oil to the United States, though the programme has been on for several years.
“The AGOA project initiated by the United States of America in 2000 was to help develop trade and facilitate exporting over 6000 goods into America with no tariff. The trade agreement primarily set up to simulate the African economy covered 15 years, and has since elapsed in 2015. However, Nigeria and other countries on the programme have been given a second chance when the programme was extended by another 10 years”.
Mr Salaam added that it is only exporters that can liberate Nigeria from the present economic slavery through a focus on the exportation of non-oil products.
“It is good for the citizens to know that economic independence is as important as political independence. For the country to be economically free, we must advocate alternative areas of exportation different from oil.
Speaking at the event, a diplomat Ambassador Bayo Idowu, encouraged all shippers to leverage the AGOA partnership.
He said NACC is always accessible to render support to shippers in the country.
“We are readily available to provide assistance and advice on how Nigerian products can be accepted in the American market. We will advise the government on possible solutions regarding coastal transport between Nigeria and America”.
The Director of Nigerian Shipper’s Council, Abuja Liason Office, Mrs Karimatu Uthman said the collaboration with NACC will increase the economy of the country positively.
” We will continue to work with NACC in the country by leveraging on exporting non-oil products outside the shores of the country. Over time we will organise training on how to export products through shipping.”
The Executive Chairman NACC Abuja Chapter, Mrs Lami Ahmed said the team is building a formidable partnership with the Nigerian Shippers Council.
“We want our people to connect with the latest economy in the world. We want to bridge the gap of coastal transportation, and hope to get a better result”