Abuja – The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ABUCCI) Ltd., says it is interested in collaborating with the Ministry of Trade and Investment to strengthen businesses in the country.
The President of the chamber, Mr Tony Ejinkeonye, stated this when he paid a courtesy visit to the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah in Abuja.
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“One of the reasons we came here also, is to seek further ways where we can partner with your ministry.
“To find solutions, way forward to strengthening businesses in Nigeria and proffer economic solutions to problems we have.’’
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He said the chamber would hold its 11th International Trade Fair in September.
According to him, the fair will proffer solutions to the challenges facing the nation’s economy and attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the country.
Ejinkeonye said the chamber was collaborating with the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission in promoting FDI into the country.
The president said the chamber would partner with the ministry to tackle challenges being faced by industrialists in accessing Federal Government’s intervention funds and loans.
He said the chamber had set up a dispute resolution centre for its members, to reduce the cost of litigation and attract more investors.
Responding, Enelamah said the partnership between his ministry and the chamber was imperative to businesses and economic development of the country.
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“We view our role as a government, as an enabling role. I’m sure if you have hard our visions or some of the objectives we have set for ourselves.
“Number one is, we try to play this catalytic role to be an enabler, creating enabling environment for businesses and for the stakeholders in the economy to thrive because we think when that happen we are all doing well but we need partners to do it.
“But you need chamber, organised private sector, businesses and so on.’’
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He stated that the ministry needs to work closely with the chamber to locate made-in-Nigeria products and where they are being produced.
According to him, this will assist the ministry in promoting made in Nigerian products. (NAN)