ACCI, Shippers Council To Partner In Promoting Trade, Regional Integration
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) said it will partner with the Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC) to push for the Multi-Modal Transport system.
Director General of ACCI, Victoria Akai disclosed this on Monday when she received management of Nigerian Shippers Council who paid the Chamber a courtesy visit.
Akai who welcomed the guests, said the Chamber would love to collaborate with the Shippers’ Council, in various areas including advocacy, capacity building, dispute resolution and trade facilitation.
She stressed that there is need for orientation of business owners especially around the borders as a lot of trade that happens around the borders are informal thereby making business owners lose so much.
The DG used the occasion to brief the gathering the activities of the 4-Centres of the council, including the upcoming 15th International Trade Fair which she said was going to be a hybrid event comprising a virtual and physical Fair, thereby encouraging the general public to participate.
Speaking earlier, the Deputy Director Abuja Liaison office of the Nigerian Shippers Council, (NSC), Rakiya Nuhu said the Council is seeking to collaborate with ACCI to promote trade and regional integration for socio-economic development of the country.
She explained that the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has continuosly shown much interest as well as maintain close relationships with trading communities adding that the Council has selflessly represented the maritime trade and transport interests of Nigeria over the years.
She said NSC has membership with bilateral chambers of commerce including “Franco-Nigeria, Nigeria-American, Nigeria- Vietnam, Nigeria-Canadian, Nigeria-British” and others, stressing the need for the collaboration with the ACCI.
“It is a known fact that the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has established associations and linkages with business groups, trade associations, international chambers, government agencies, trade offices and foreign embassies in order to accomplish its goals of enhancing sustainable growth and development of businesses in the Federal Capital Territory.
“This idea of ACCI corresponds with the statutory functions of the trade and bi-lateral relations of the Nigeria Shippers’ Council. Therefore it is imperative that both organizations establish a cooperative relationship that would uphold this ideal and consequently support the development of trade, business, commerce and industries in Nigeria” she said.
Mrs Nuhu further noted that the Council hopes to collaborate with ACCI on networking with all stakeholders to acquire deeper understanding of trade and commerce as well as improve the technical know-how for effective and efficient execution of our regulatory role in the port industry.
She told the gathering that the Council has also engaged in several international, Regional, Sub-regional and Bilateral consultations and hopes to engage ACCI in formal as well as informal awareness programs, to identify common challenges faced with regards to policy, infrastructure and regulatory matters.
She said the activities of the Council amongst others include organizing workshops and seminars to sensitize stakeholders in the transport and shipping sector on new developments as well as standard requirements to carry out international trade legitimacy and profitably.
“The council has promoted and facilitated the establishment of inland Dry Ports (IDPs) in Nigeria on the basis of Public Private Partnership (PPP) as a means of bringing shipping operations to the hinterland and reducing transport cost for cargoes and minimizing the perennial congestion at the seaports.
“Collaborating with the Borderless Alliance ECOWAS to sensitize cross border traders on the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization (ETLS) and its implications” she said.