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Italian Trade Agency, NEPC To Assist Nigerian Entrepreneurs Boost Access To EU Markets

Ololade Omosan-Agie

As part of its commitment to boost trade relationships with Nigeria, the Italian Trade Agency has unveiled its training programme for entrepreneurs in the agriculture sector.

The Italian Trade Agency Director for West Africa, Alessandro Gerbino, in a statement on Tuesday, said the agency had unveiled an E-Lab Innova in Nigeria.

He said the E-Lab Innova, an educational training programme for the agri-food sector in Nigeria, would be implemented in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Commision and other partners.

He said, “The training is aimed at increasing the technical and managerial skills of Nigeria agri-food companies in order to support their access to EU markets and foster business partnerships with Italian companies.

“The programme is scheduled to hold for five weeks and will be implemented in three phases: a preliminary assessment to analyse the technical and management training requirements, company potential and profile design; a two-week webinar training focused on key internalisation topics and a five-day study tour in Italy, which would include Macfrut exhibition.

“Nigeria remains a strategic point for engagement between the agency and other countries across West Africa. The E-Lab Innova holds prospects for Nigerian companies to be imparted on the knowledge and technicalities of their counterparts abroad whilst also paving the way for collaborations between Italian and Nigerian agri-businesses.”

The Deputy Director, International Export Offices, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Uduak Etokowoh, said the council constantly sought collaborations to strengthen trade relations across the world.

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