The National President of NACCIMA Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu has welcomed the signing of the AfCFTA by President Muhammadu Buhari during the the African Union, AU Summit in Niamey on 7th July.
Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu said the signing by President Buhari was a courageous decision and a fulfilment of the will of Nigerians after a rigorous consultative process involving all stakeholders across the country.
She said now the hard work must begin if Nigeria especially the private sector is to reap the benefits of the Agreement. She posited that close attention must be paid to the operational phase which has commenced especially the rules of origin, the Pan African digital payment platform, Web based and mobile applications for business, and an African Trade Observatory Portal.
A statement by DG NACCIMA, Amb Ayo Olukanni, says Hajiya Iya Aliyu advised that the Organised private sector must work closely together to enable the private businesses and manufacturers harness the potentials of the Agreement.
She said NACCIMA was already putting finishing touches to arrangements for seminars, workshops and Advocacy programmes to enable Chambers to key into and take advantage of the opportunities under the Agreement which is expected to create a huge continental trading place on the African continent.