A file photograph of the Minister of International Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama.
The Minister of International Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama on Saturday lamented the rejection of Nigerian exports by different international locations.
Mr Onyeama was talking at a gathering in Abuja with the Govt Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Olusegun Awolowo.
In response to the Minister, the standard of merchandise, particularly agricultural merchandise, don’t meet the export requirements of many international locations.
“The Ministry of International Affairs has a comparative and distinctive benefit to be bodily current in over a 100 international locations on the planet,” he stated.
“Now this represents really a novel alternative to leverage on that presence to export and commerce our items.
“There are a selection of nations around the globe not blessed with the pure assets that we now have however but, by way of commerce, have remodeled their societies and have develop into main financial powers.
“In participating with various international locations, we now have seen that, particularly within the agriculture sector, the phytosanitary facet is essential.
“We’re being denied market entry into numerous international locations due to the standard of the merchandise. And that is costing us large assets. So I feel that your company (NEPC) additionally has numerous work to do.”
Mr Onyeama added the Federal Authorities will give attention to strengthening financial diplomacy in guaranteeing Nigeria advantages from international locations it has formal relationships with.
On his half, NEPC chief Mr Awolowo expressed confidence that the Federal Authorities’s efforts will result in the company’s realisation of $30 billion from non-oil export by 2025.