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Commencement Of Trading Under AfCFTA Excites Edo Governor

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Governor Godwin Obaseki, Edo State

By Daniel Dafe
Governor, Edo State, Godwin Obaseki has described the commencement of trading under the AfCFTA on the 1st of January 2021 “as a milestone achievement in boosting Africa’s economy amidst the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and global economic challenges.”

In a statement published on his Facebook page, the governor added: “This is a time for manufacturers and Nigeria’s industrious youths to exploit the opportunities offered by the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to create wealth and boost the country’s economy.”

Furthermore, he said his administration “will continue to assist local manufacturers and youths in the state with capacity building programmes, conducive work environment and other incentives to make them competitive and position them to reap maximum benefits from trading under the AfCFTA.”

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“We are expanding capacity at the Edo Production Centre and the Edo Innovation Hub so that we can build an army of productive young people to grab the opportunities offered. We have success stories from these facilities already.

“Also, we have already initiated the Edo Tech Park project as another veritable launch pad. We are confident that these initiatives would empower our people to create wealth and employment opportunities to improve the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP),” Obaseki said.

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