ACCI receives President, Africa Business Council, advocates chamber to upscale its intra-African activities

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By Anthony Maliki

The Director General of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Victoria Akai, on Wednesday received the President of Africa Business Council (ABC) and immediate Past President of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women, on a visit to Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry to advocate for the chamber to upscale its activities on Trade between Nigeria and other African countries and to commend ACCI on its efforts in supporting women owned and led businesses.

She extended invitation to members of ACCI to attend the 12th African Union Private Sector Forum scheduled to hold 10th – 12th November 2021, in Cairo, Egypt.

The event which is held in collaboration with African Congress for Women and Youth Entrepreneurs also scheduled to hold on 8th and 9th November 2021, is themed Strengthening African Private Sector Capacity to Respond to Disrupted Markets and Ensure Economic Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Pandemic.

She also requested for better partnership between Egyptian and Nigerian businesses in various aspects including Halal Industry, Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Vaccine Production, amongst others.

The DG, while intimating the delegates on the activities of Chamber and its Centres revealed that the Chamber’s management has the interest of women in business at heart thereby giving maximum support to women’s businesses.

The DG informed the delegates about the Arahah Market initiative of the Chamber, explaining that one of the objectives of the market is to reach out to women owned and led businesses by creating opportunities for market access, information and capacity building, commercial dispute resolution, advocacy, business networking, amongst others. .
 
The DG sought partnership and support of the African Business Council stating that, “the market is young and we are seeking partnership with you to leverage on opportunities to grow.”

The DG also stated that the market is a hybrid market and, “we are launching the market access application on 3rd July 2021 together with our partners, Women Arise Development Humanitarian Initiative (WADHI), targeted at reaching out to women, adding that it is a potent platform for us to key into AfCFTA.

She also introduced them to the upcoming Halal Expo which she said was meant to establish opportunities for Halal businesses and also help establish more Halal compliant manufacturing industries, seeing that Nigeria has a population of over 100 million Muslims, there is the need for Halal friendly businesses to further contribute to economic growth. 

“We appreciate your efforts in advocating and promoting vaccine production in Nigeria and Africa, the establishment of vaccine production plants in Africa is an industry that is long overdue.

Dr. Amany Asfour in her response said, that there is the need for African Countries to work together to move trade within the continent forward and to invest and add value to our products.

She said that ABC is working tirelessly to see to an increased level of industrialization in Africa, adding that “we need to have improved agricultural businesses, packaging amongst others.  

“If we increase intra Africa trade through AfCFTA, it will help our economies development. We need to process agricultural products and also increase our trade through collaborations.”

Dr. Amany also said they will be happy to support and also collaborate on the Halal Expo. 

On the delegation with the President of Africa Business Council were representatives of the Federation of Business Professional Women (BPW) Nigeria led by the National President, Yinka Ajibola, together with the BPW Premier Club President, Mrs Chika Offor amongst others.

Also present at the meeting were; ACCI Council Member, Amina Akai, and the Director Best Centre, Dr. Tinuke Temitope.

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