Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC has pledged support to consolidating its trade promotion strategy through the mobilization of Nigerian exporters and relevant stakeholders for the first ever Iranian Solo Exhibition coming up in Nigeria, June 2015.
Executive Director/CEO of NEPC, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo, while speaking during a courtesy visit of Mehdi Saeedozakerin, General Manager of Pars Rastak, organizers/representative of the Iranian Embassy in Nigeria, at Abuja, lamented the low level of trade between Iran and Nigeria.
Awolowo observed that staging the exhibition could not have come at a better time, and from any other country baring that both countries only recently ushered new governments, and they both share few economic landscapes in areas of mining, industries, oil and gas, among others.
He commended the Government of Iran for the recent Memorandum of Understanding, MoU signed during the 5th Session of Nigeria-Iran Joint Commission which covers Agreement on Industrial Cooperation; Agreement on Visa waiver for holders of Diplomatic Passports; and Agreement on Tourism.
Awolowo, who was represented by the Director in his office, Mr. Olajide Ibrahim, assured Iran of NEPC’s logistics support for the first Iran Solo Exhibition, using the Council’s established structure of zonal offices around the country, and its relationship with the Organized Private Sector, OPS especially the chambers of commerce.
According to him, “The Solo Exhibition will assist to expand trade between Nigeria and Iran, and further smoothen our existing trade and economic relationship. NEPC will facilitate the participation of Nigerian companies in the solo-exhibition”.
Earlier, Saeedozakerin submitted that the 3-day specialized exhibition will profile four key areas thus: building and construction industry; industry and infrastructure; health and medicine; and food industry products, adding that over 50 Iranian companies would make the event.
He stressed that their visit was primarily to officially inform the Council of the up-coming Solo Exhibition and to enroll NEPC’s support in ensuring adequate participation of stakeholders and concerned business communities.
“The meeting is a build-up to an earlier one in January 2014 when His Excellency the Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria Saeed Koozechi announced Iran’s proposal to host Iranian Solo-Exhibition in Nigeria.
“Despite being an oil rich country – 4th in the World, Iran generates about $50 billion annually from non-oil exports, with about $5billion from export of services that has to do with technical engineering alone.
“With its acclaimed expertise, Iran can assist Nigeria to develop its maritime, air transportation, power, water resources, agriculture and the petro-chemical sectors”, he stressed.