By Ossom Raphael
Abuja – The Commerce and Industry Correspondent Association Nigeria (CICAN) has advised the Federal Government to guard against making the country a dumping ground for foreign goods as a result of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The association further advised Nigerian government to take full advantage of AfCFTA towards ensuring growth and national economic development.
The association gave the advice on Sunday in a statement signed by it’s Chairman, Comrade Fred Idehai, to officially unveil plans ahead of the 2021 CICAN Annual Conference scheduled to take place on October 15, 2021 at the New Chelsea Hotel, Abuja,
The statement also emphasised need for Nigeria to quickly diversify her economy through the export and promotion of local and agricultural commodities among other quality policies and initiatives stating that the conference would equally recommend to the authority ways of strategies to adopt in getting it right.
The association expressed concern over difficulties experienced by Small Scale Business owners as a result of the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and commended the various interventions of the Federal Government, especially through MSMEs Survival Fund to cushion the devastating effect.
The 2021 CICAN Annual Conference with it’s major theme “The Role Of Nigeria’s MSMEs, Export, Commodities, Trade and Investment In Stabilizing The Post COVID 19 Economy: Issues and Challenges” with the sub-themes including: “The Place of AfCFTA in Nigeria’s Economic Diversification Plan: Pros & Cons” and “FG’s MSMEs Survival Fund: Successes, Lessons, Pitfalls.”
The conference would be declared open by the Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment.
Dignitaries to attend the conference include some State Governors, Chief Executives under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and other stakeholders.
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