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ACCI entrusts the private sector with piloting the agro-industrial zones

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ACCI entrusts the private sector with piloting the agro-industrial zones

By Emmanuella Anokam

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) urged the federal government to ensure that its nationwide agro-industrial zone initiative be led by the organized private sector (OPS).

ACCI President Dr Abubakar Al-Mujtaba made the appeal in a statement Thursday in Abuja.

Al-Mujtaba said agro-industrial zones should be PAHO‘s turf while the government should provide the right framework, support and environment for the project to thrive.

Al-Mujtaba described the political action as a timely response to the push to diversify the economy to fill the dwindling fortunes of the oil sector and meet the challenges of the African continental free trade area.

“We are excited about the planned project coverage which confirms the seriousness of federal and state governments in responding to the agricultural value urgency to increase export revenues and be competitive locally and internationally.

“The expected massive production will compensate for the late action aimed at improving the national capacity for agricultural exports.

“The OPS has the skills and experience to turn the government’s dream of a diverse economy into reality with maximum efficiency.

“The private sector has the qualities of less waste, a transparent business model and value for money,” he said.

He added that the project would also capitalize on the industry’s proven track record in the processing sub-sector, while leveraging the extensive capacity of the private sector to drive such a business model.

He particularly congratulated the ministers of agriculture as well as those of industry, trade and investment for their collaboration and foresight.

He hoped that full integration of the private sector into the design and implementation process would make a huge difference in achieving the project objectives and program. (NOPE)

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