ANLCA urges members to exploit $3.4tn opportunities in AfCFTA 

The National President, Association of Nigeria Licensed Customs Agents, Tony Iju Nwabunike, has urged members to exploit the various opportunities created by the $3.4tn African Continental Free Trade Agreement which kicked off in January.

Nwabunike stated this in his welcome address at the election of the executives of the Eastern Zone Chapter of the association in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

He stated, “Those to be elected through this meeting should take a cue from the national body and keep abreast of the developments like training and retraining programmes we will be doing directly and virtually later in the year.

“As customs brokers, we have roles to play in deepening intra-African trade and ensure seamless cargo movement within and outside our continent. Therefore, I urge you all to approach this emerging basket of opportunities with optimism and positive minds towards making the best of it.”

He also tasked members of the association to ensure that they sharpen their ICT capacities, urging them to further embrace learning of international languages like French, Mandarin (Chinese), Arabic, and other means of international communication for business transactions.

Meanwhile, the ANLCA boss has said the Eastern ports, if fully utilised, would create about 20,000 jobs in the South-South and South-East, urging the federal and state governments to consult ANLCA’s experts regarding maritime assets for increased productivity.

“Our Strategic Research and Planning unit at the ANLCA headquarters has discovered that not less than 20,000 direct and indirect jobs will be provided in the South-South and South-East if these ports are maximally utilised,” he said.

Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole
Anozie Egole is a Transport correspondent. He reports Maritime, Aviation and Rail/Road Transport for Financial Street.

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