Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama on Saturday, July 10 lamented the rejection of Nigerian exports by many countries.
The Minister was speaking at a meeting in Abuja, the country’s capital with the Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Olusegun Awolowo.
Mr Onyeama said the quality of products, especially agricultural products in the country, don’t meet the export standards of many countries.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a competitive and unique advantage to be physically present in over 100 countries in the world,” he said.
“Now this represents truly a unique opportunity to leverage on that presence to export and trade our goods.
“There are several countries around the world not blessed with the natural resources that we have but yet, through trade, have transformed their societies and have become major economic powers.
“In engaging with several countries, we have seen that, especially in the agriculture sector, the phytosanitary aspect is very important.
“We are being denied market access into a lot of countries because of the quality of the products. And this is costing us huge resources. So I think that your agency (NEPC) also has a lot of work to do.”
The minister added the Federal Government of Nigeria will focus on enhancing economic diplomacy in ensuring Nigeria benefits from countries it has formal relationships with.
On his part, the Executive Director of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) Mr Awolowo expressed confidence that the Federal Government’s efforts will lead to the agency’s realisation of $30 billion from non-oil export by 2025.