The Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, is targeting Cote D’Ivoire to expand the country’s non-oil exports and boost foreign exchange earnings.

To actualise this, the NEPC is planning an exhibition of made-in-Nigeria goods in Cote D’Ivoire to intimate Ivorians on the quality of locally- made products.

The Executive Director of NEPC, Dr. Ezra Yakusak, who spoke in Abuja during the launch of the Made in Nigeria Exhibition and Nigeria- Cote D’Ivoire Excellent Award, said NEPC was interested in boosting Nigeria’s non-oil export earnings.

DR. Yakusak stressed the importance of non-oil exports in diversifying the economy and harped on the need for Nigerian exporters to capture the West African market before extending to other markets, especially with the signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.

He said ECOWAS, with an estimated population of 350 million and a GDP of $1.48 trillion, was a budding market in which the presence of Nigerian entrepreneurs had not yet been felt.

The NEPC boss added that the Export Trade House, which was recently launched by the NEPC in Cairo, Egypt, would boost made-in-Nigerian products, reduce the cost of logistics on Nigerian small and medium enterprises while creating jobs for young Nigerians.

According to him, the trade house would equally increase foreign exchange inflows into the Nigerian economy.