By; VITALIS UGOH Calabar
The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has charged Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to embrace modern packaging of its products so as to make required impact on both domestic and international markets.
The Executive Director of NEPC, Segun Awolowo, gave the charge at the Capacity Building programme for SMEs held in Marian Hotel Calabar.
The programme had the theme, “Strengthening Technological Skills of SMEs to Produce for Export.”
Awolowo, who was represented by Emmanuel Mathew Assistant director project development department of NEPC said that production of agricultural products had gone beyond mere assembling of the products.
He said that SMEs were recognised globally as instruments for economic growth, development and poverty reduction and provides employment to a large number of citizens in a given economy.
In his welcome address, The Trade Promotion Advisor Calabar Smart Office, Emmanuel Etim, said the NEPC has repositioned it’s service to aggressively harnesses, develop, process, and package these identified agro_allied products using affordable and efficient locally fabricated equipment for meaningful non oil export.
“Today workshop will ultimately equip our producer with tools and skill needed to identify and utilize the right technology”.
Earlier, the Cross River State Commissioner for Commerce RoseMary Archibong while declaring the workshop open urged partipants to take the workshop seriously as Agriculture according to her remain the only viable option to the loss of the State oil wells.