By Gilbert Ekugbe
“WE need to recognize the reality and inevitability of globalization as economic activities become increasingly borderless. No nation can truly survive in isolation. As the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria’s trade policies and relations must be sustainable and in the long-term interest of the country.”
These were the words of Muda Yusuf, Director General, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry in a statement to herald the event scheduled to hold on Thursday 24th May, 2018 in Lagos.
According to him, the stakeholders’ forum on African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) is aimed at providing a platform for private sector stakeholders to deliberate on the trade agreement in line with global best practice.
He emphasized that seasoned professionals, business leaders and top public-sector officials will be available to dialogue with participants at the event, stressing that there would also be a keynote address by the Director General/ Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiation, Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe.
“The outcome of the deliberations at the forum will form a basis for a private sector advocacy engagement on the agreement with key stakeholders and relevant agencies of government,” he said.