…Says hard work must now start to harness its potentials
By Lubem Gena, Abuja
The National President of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu has welcomed the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari signed the Agreement during the the AU Summit in Niamey, Niger Republic on 7th July.
Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu said the signing by President Buhari was a courageous decision and a fulfilment of the will of Nigerians after a rigorous consultative process involving all stakeholders across the country.
According to the Director General of NACCIMA, Amb. Ayoola Olukanni in a statement, Hajia Saratu said now the hard work must begin if Nigeria especially the private sector is to reap the benefits of the Agreement.
She said close attention must be paid to the operational phase which has commenced especially the rules of origin, the Pan African digital payment platform, Web based and mobile applications for business, and an African Trade Observatory Portal.
She advised that the Organised private sector must work closely together to enable the private businesses and manufacturers harness the potentials of the Agreement.
She said NACCIMA was already putting finishing touches to arrangements for seminars, workshops and advocacy programmes to enable Chambers to key into and take advantage of the opportunities under the Agreement which is expected to create a huge continental trading place on the African continent.