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Taraba State Government has task participants at the end of a one day capacity training workshop organised by Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) in jalingo to look inwards and impact the knowledge acquired during the training for the overall benefit of the economy of the state.

The state government which gave the charge shortly after the workshop for SMES/ MSMES in the state commended participants for attending the workshop.

State Commissioner, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Hon, peter George represented by the permanent secretary, Dr. Isa Mohammed Hamza appreciated NEPC for choosing to organized an important workshop of this kind in the state, pointing out that it is timely particularly now that foreign exchange is becoming scarce with its attendant negative impact on the economy.

“The necessity for proper enlightenment and education of the operators which is exactly what this workshop promises to do, I implore you to listen attentively to the resource persons so as to learn from their wealth of experience and knowledge for the overall benefit of our states”, he said.

In his address, the state co-coordinator, NEPC Jalingo, Ahmed Tijjani Ahijo said the program was design to expose participants to export rudiments on the necessary document required at every stage and procedures to follow as well as to meet up with the requirement in line with international standard for seamless exporting of products into the global market to repatriate foreign exchange into the country.

Theme of the workshop “procedures and documentation, an overview of practical experience” according to state coordinator was to enable participants understand that proper documentation of export business provide an edge to access numerous benefits from within and outside the shore of the country thereby leverage on international communities assistance, commercial banks facilities and incentive from Nigerian export promotion council.

He further pointed out that obtaining necessary documents will also project the good image of the company to gain the trust of the buyer in the global market, thereby save the embracement of corrupt officers at the port of origin and help the buyer to clear the goods at the port of destination.

Meanwhile in a 44 page paper presentation titled export procedure and documentation (practical experience on export) by the resource person Hon. Salisu Sabo emphasized on the importance of export procedures and documentation.

According to him the importance dwells on minimization of export risk and enhances conformity with importing countries specification, packaging and labeling as well as formalizes the export business through fund repatriation and providing export data among others.

On its part, Mr. K.O Balanko who spoke on behalf of other participants thanked NEPC and the resource person for putting a unique workshop of this nature, describing it as life rewarding and applauded Taraba state government for accorded them the opportunity to be part of the workshop.