At a stakeholders’ workshop in Lagos, Director-General, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, Mr. Segun Awolowo, explained that NDEX programme had been part of the council’s efforts to rebrand the image of Nigeria outside its shores thereby generating more revenue for the nation.
NEPC has been in the vanguard of increasing the country’s earnings on non-oil export thus its resolve in 2016 to create 1.5 million jobs.
Awolowo, who was represented by the South West Regional Head of the council, Mr. Olusegun Faleke said the commission’s emphasis is on key areas of Nigerian Heritage City (NHC), The Nigerian Cuisine beyond Borders (NCBB) and the Diaspora Export of Non-Oil Products (DENOP).
The NCBB, which entails the cuisine, would be used to rebrand the Nigerian foods from the packaging and cooking to meet up with international standards and world cuisine brands known in the world.
She said the sub-programmes under this NDEX would create not less than 1.5 million jobs for Nigerians both within and outside the country and would increase non-oil exports.
Faleke explained that right from the time HCDC was established, the HCDC has graduated over 500 trainees, over 150 additional trainees graduated on apparel training at the Centre in the last two years and approximately 50 presently on training.
In projecting the image of Nigerian fashion industry to the world, NEPC facilitated the participation of some Nigerian designers at the Buyers Fairs in Las Vegas, USA with the aim of making Nigeria a sourcing destination of repute for high-end and contemporary apparels and accessories.
She gave the names of fashion designers that participated in the fair to include: Belois Couture, Revamp, Electic Chique, Grey Projects, Lanre Da Silva and Morin ‘O Leatherworks.
She concluded the lists of NEPC’s achievement with that recorded in the agricultural sector. She said NEPC facilitated a credit facility for Foodpro Limited, an Ilorin based Cashew manufacturing company to procure cutting-edge equipment and machines for Cashew processing with the aim of making the product competitive in the international market.