FG pledges to create profitable businesses in free trade zones
The federal government has disclosed that it will support activities that will harness the immenae benefits of free trade zones (FTZs) to Nigeria’s economy.
This was stated on Wednesday by permanent secretary of federal ministry of industry, trade and investment, Nasir Sani-Gwarzo in Abuja.
Gwarzo emphasised the importance of exploring investment potential in free trade zones to create profitable and sustainable businesses.
He spoke at a one-day sensitisation workshop themed, ‘Creating Awareness on the Activities of the Free Trade Zones in Order to Stimulate Investment in The Sub-Sector’.
“As a ministry, we are committed to supporting activities that will help harness the immense benefit of free trade zones to the economy, which is at the core of why the ministry set up a review committee not too long,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“The committee will come up with far reaching recommendations that will upscale activities in the zones, especially now that the export market is growing by the day.
“It is equally important to state that the federal government, through the FMITI is committed to the pursuit of implementing the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan MSME Fund (NESP-F), designed to revitalise and strengthen MSME in Nigeria.”
Represented by Suleman Audu, director, commodities and export department at the trade ministry, Sani-Gwarzo said Nigeria needs to bring the vast opportunities in the free trade zones to the fore, including strategies to harness them for wealth creation and employment generation.
He urged the private sector to key into the enormous opportunities that are accruable with investment at the free trade zones.
Speaking at the event, Vivian Ibeku, deputy director, export promotion and free zones at the trade ministry, described FTZs in Nigeria as evolving with enormous opportunities to create employment and promote non-oil commodities.
“In spite of the evolving positive trends, Nigeria has not maximally harnessed the inherent potential in the sub sector,” Ibeku noted.
“This is because the country is yet to properly take advantage of the true potential of FTZs as an instrument of economic growth and diversification.”
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