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Nigeria, Italy Partner to Promote Entrepreneurship via Agro-exports

The Italian Trade Agency (ITA) has announced its collaboration with the Nigerian government to improve the livelihoods of farmers and create opportunities for youths in the agribusiness sector.

ITA Director for West Africa, Dr Alessandro Gerbino, stated during a virtual meeting that his organisation was creating a one-stop-shop for export-oriented firms to learn about regional and international trade opportunities.

He added that the agency offers targeted business advisory services and training to businesses which enables them to better understand the international demand for certain products and the technical requirements for market access while facilitating regional and export market linkages.

The director also noted that ITA launched the E-Lab Innova training programme to help improve the technical and managerial skills of agribusiness firms to support their access to EU markets.

In Gerbino’s remarks, the programme launched in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPA), aims to foster business partnerships with Italian firms and improve the Nigerian value chain and local industry development and employment.

According to him, the agency is laying a foundation for exporters to meet the demands of the global marketplace, adding that ITA is determined to help small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of opportunities to export to the European Union.

He pointed that the organisation wants to empower more Nigerians to venture into exports by improving their food safety know-how throughout the horticulture supply chain.

There are benchmarks for quality assurance on meeting the requirements of the E.U. market, Gerbino revealed

“Nigerian agricultural products might find it difficult to enter the E.U. market except they comply with food safety standards and quality control. Fresh exports must have a Global Good Agricultural Practices (Global Gap) certificate,” he said.

On his part, the Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Italy in Abuja, Tarek Chazli, said that the agribusiness sector has acquired a greater strategic relevance as Italy’s food businesses performed well in foreign markets.

He noted that both countries have for years, enjoyed close bilateral relations in trade, investments, development and humanitarian assistance adding that the partnership would benefit agribusiness growth in the manufacturing of machinery, fertiliser and industrial chemicals.

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