By Ogochukwu Nwaokafor
In a bid to boost industrialization and economic growth, Anambra State has unveiled the “Made in Anambra Pan African Export Programme, 2023.”
The pre-launch for the commencement of the project was held in Awka, Anambra State, on 26th July, 2023, with the aim to encourage leading industries in the state to strategically export their products to 54 African countries, taking advantage of the vast market of approximately 1.2 billion people with an estimated value of $3.4 trillion.
The Commissioner for Industry in Anambra State, Hon Christian Udechukwu, announced the pre-launch event, outlining the government’s vision for expanding industries internationally and tapping into the African free trade area.
He stated, ‘The initiative seeks to leverage the knowledge, expertise, and financial capacity of industries in Anambra, following the success of the state Governor, Chukwuma Soludo, in spearheading a pioneering Pan African bank.
‘The government plans to provide support to micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) through cooperative financing and specialized funding from the state. Additionally, the Agricultural Sector is receiving a boost with the cultivation of one million palm oil and coconut seedlings, benefiting over 130,000 families.
‘Anambra intends to secure a portion of the 240 billion Naira allocated by the Federal Government for palm oil components importation to enhance local production.
‘The state is also focusing on developing a skilled workforce, especially in the ICT sector, with over 30,000 youths already trained in ICT skills. Anambra aims to attract new industries in animation, artificial intelligence, and the Internet fostering partnerships to support these endeavours.’
Udechukwu said the government was dedicated to enhancing ease of doing business in the state, introducing smart technologies, and migrating government services online to provide better access and efficiency for citizens.
The official unveiling of the Made in Anambra Pan African Export Programme, 2023 is scheduled for October 3-4, 2023, at the International Conference in Africa.
‘The state’s stakeholders, including the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Chambers of Commerce, have expressed optimism about the programme’s potential to bolster economic growth, promote job creation, and position Anambra State as a technology and industrial hub in Africa,’ he said.
In same vain, The Chairman of the Manufacturers Association, Lady Ada Chukwu Dozier, highlighted the significant strides made by the government towards making Anambra State a technology hub and an economically thriving region. She applauded the Governor’s commitment to promoting made-in-Anambra products and his role as the “Chief Marketing Officer” for the state.
‘One of the notable achievements that drew praise from the manufacturers was the Governor’s prompt response to their concerns, regarding multiple taxation and harassment from touts. the Governor’s intervention demonstrated his good intentions and unwavering support for the business community.’ She said.