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Stakeholders in the non-oil export sector of the Nigerian economy in the South-East region have appealed to the Federal Executive Council to sign into law the National Quality Policy to benchmark quality standards in the country.
They observed that such a policy would boost quality and competitiveness of Nigerian products in the local and international markets.
The stakeholders made the appeal in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, at the 1st Regional Non-Oil Export Dialogue, for Southeast organised by Policy Development Facility (PDF) 11 programme.
PDF 11 is funded by the UK Aid Department for International Development (DFID) to support Federal Government to implement reforms that lead to poverty reduction.
They observed that Nigeria was the only country in the world promoting industrialisation without a quality policy in place.
Chukwuma Ogbonna, a trade expert and panellist at the forum, stated that without a quality policy the country cannot achieve industrialisation.
He urged state governments in the South-East to key into the National Quality Policy, which he observed was their road map on industrialisation and trade.
“The problem we are having about export is the technical barriers to trade. If we don’t get those technicalities that go with trade, right, we won’t industrialise.
“We must put into consideration the political economy of the system. Our political economy is such that those countries that want to take products from us, concentrate more on raw materials or the semi processed products, they don’t go the whole hug of helping you develop the value chain. If you develop the value chain that means that export from their home countries would stop. These are areas that have to be looked into by the South-East Governors.
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