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OPPORTUNITIES AMIDST ADVERSITIES -WHAT’S NEXT FOR AFCFTA?

The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in collaboration with Marketlink Consults Ltd, organised a Training Programme for NEPC Senior Officials on the ‘Preparedness of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council Towards the Implementation of African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)’ on the 7th of October 2021 at Victoria Island, Lagos. The event was a platform for deliberating the role of trade that keeps the country’s economy strong and living standards high.

Prof Evans Osabuohien being one of the facilitators of the training, kicked off the session with a presentation titled “FROM PHASE 1 TO NEXT STEP OF AFCFTA: OPPORTUNITIES AMIDST ADVERSITIES FOR NIGERIA”.

In brief, Prof Evans Osabuohien’s presentation elaborated on the role of NEPC, which is to promote the development and diversification of export trade, assist in the development of export-related industries, and articulate the implementation of export policies and programmes in AfCFTA. He also pointed out how trade with other countries in Africa provides the goods and resources that a country cannot effectively produce. 

Prof Evans Osabuohien highlighted the significant challenges African countries face that need to be confronted, such as: rising insecurity and conflicts, weak institutional framework, transparency cum accountability issues, negative externalities, among others. He recommended a way forward of these challenges by saying the expectations and opportunities from AfCFTA require enabling environment for trade facilitation; encouraging investment; allowing upgrading and greater value addition. In his words, ‘we need stakeholder engagement, reward performance and punish non-performance, research & development, monitoring and evaluation’.

In conclusion, the roles of NEPC in promoting the development and diversification of export, assisting in promoting the development of export-related industries, spearheading the creation of appropriate export incentives, articulating and promoting the implementation of export policies and programmes in AFCFTA, and coordinating and monitoring export promotion activities, were articulated. 

The presentation is ONLINE FOR FREE.

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Prof Evans Osabuohien is a good team player, hardworking, intelligent and self-driven who demonstrates maturity, innovativeness and responsibility on any assignment. He is endowed with a pleasant personality and capability to work effectively in multi-cultural environments. He has executed funded research projects as an individual, team leader, and team member. He is astute in research, which has resulted in publication of four books and over 155 scholarly articles. He has participation in conferences/workshops/short courses across the world. He was appointed as the Head of Department (HOD) in 2016, emerging as the Youngest HOD in the University. He received a Double Promotion to the Rank of a Full Professor of Economics in December 2017, which made him the Youngest Professor in the University. In May 2020, he was recognised as ‘One of the 6 Youngest Professors Nigeria Ever Had’. He is the Pioneer Chair at the Centre for Economic Policy and Development Research (CEPDeR) as well as the Pioneer Chair for Regional Centre of Expertise, Ogun State (RCE Ogun). He is a member of many International Learned Societies/Professional Associations. He is a Visiting Professor at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany and Visiting Scholar at University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (June- December, 2020). He is the Editor of ‘Handbook of Research on In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions’ (2015) and ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Agricultural and Rural Development in Africa’ (2020), Handbook of Research on Institutions Development for Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Africa (2021) as well as the Guest Editor for African Journal of Economic and Management Studies (AJEMS) on ‘Labour Issues in Africa’s Agricultural and Rural Transformation I & II’ (2020).