The President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Eze Sir Mike Elechi, NPOM, JP, FNIM, DSSRS has berated the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment over the Ministry’s failure to participate in the just concluded 17th edition of Port Harcourt International Trade Fair and exhibition.
The President made the observation while speaking at the one day sensitization workshop on Nigeria Global Business Match organized by the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment held at the PHCCIMA Secretariat Waterline House in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital on Thursday.
The Chember President wondered why Rivers State is always religated by the Federal Ministries, noting that the state is strategically located and blessed with natural endowments, housing two big Seaports and 2 Airports with tourist attractions among other potentials.
He added that the state is peaceful and qualified to host any kind of program, adding that with the short notice they were able to mobilize their members who attended the workshop.
In his goodwill massage, the President of Calabar Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (CACCIMA) Mr. David Ettim thanked the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment for putting up the workshop on trading platform that is guaranteed by the government to the business community.
He added that they will be organizing similar events in Carlabar and used the medium to invite the participants to attend.
In his presentation, Abdullahi Usman, who is the Head of World Trade Organization in the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment explained that the workshop was in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to facilitate creation of a database platform where the private sectors could get themselves registered, positing that the essence is to link the private sectors to an E-platform where they will have access to varieties of products.
Abdullahi who is also the Secretary National Trade Facilitation Committee added that the online platform which has been approved by the federal government is also a way to promote SME growths and easier ways of showcasing products and services just as he reassured on the safety of business owners both in Nigeria and their foreign partners due to the evolvement of Corporate affairs Commission.
He added that the project has about 9 steps which includes, Registration, Verification, Market Stall, FBE Verification, Transaction Initiation, Negotiation, Payment, Rating and Monitoring. The Stakeholders engagement/awareness program continues tomorrow Friday 22nd December, 2023 at the Chamber Secretariat