The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement will reduce the erosion of the naira, which has suffered nearly 90% devaluation since 2016, through exports of Nigerian made goods and services, and give exposure of the naira to other currencies.
This was disclosed by Mr. Francis Anatogu, Secretary, National Action Committee on AfCFTA, in an interview with TVC News on Friday afternoon.
On concerns about dumping with the AfCFTA
Mr. Anatogu said, “As a nation, we recognized the need to diversify from oil; we need to improve exports to grow our GDP,”
He added that Nigeria was meant to take preemptive actions before joining the WTO, like the creation of a trade remedy mechanism. He said trade remedy is an area that has been identified by the National Action Committee to ensure Nigeria is not used for dumping.
“We are starting with short term measures (trade remedies), and eventually submitting the bill to the National Assembly,”
Nairametrics reported last week that the FG is working on trade remedies to protect Nigerian producers from unfair and injurious trade practices from foreign companies that harm domestic industries, which are key factors for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
This was disclosed on Thursday by the Head, Trade Remedies Unit National office for Trade Negotiations, Tola Onayemi, at the AfCFTA Sensitization Seminar, organized by the National Action Committee of the implementation of the agreement.
On Nigeria’s preparedness for the AfCFTA
Mr. Anatogu said, “We understand how to deal with preferential trade, and are in a better position than a number of African countries.”
Naiarametrics also reported last week that Yewande Sadiku, CEO of Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), said Nigeria is more ready for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), due to Nigeria’s domestic market manufacturing value addition capacity, which is 7 times the average of the top 20 economies in Africa and other.
Mr. Anatogu cited the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization measures, which is not perfect, however, the FG understands the gaps and specific actions that need to be in place to close it.
“Even as trade starts, implementation will take longer time; when implementation is agreed, it needs to be quoted in tariff books,”
He said preferential treatment won’t be automatic, as products entering Nigeria needs to meet the rule of origin criteria.
On benefits of AfCFTA to Nigerian Manufacturing industry
Mr. Anatogu says that Africa imports $250billion worth of goods on an annual basis, and it would do Nigerian manufacturers more harm than good to take advantage of African trade.
“We are going into Africa without paying duties, it will give us an advantage over products that come from outside of Africa,”
He adds that’s it’s a win-win situation for Nigeria, as trades would also boost the value of the naira.
“Since 2016, naira devaluation is about 90%, from a business perspective, how would you stop value erosion? The way to do that is by exporting whatever we produce to Africa, which gives exposure to other currencies,” he said.
He added that manufactured products won’t be the only thing exported, as Services is also a factor.
“We need to play to our strengths, we have banks, movies and lots of informal services trade with Africa. We need to amplify this trade, we need to increase production. A sustainable way to do it is through exports, to maintain the value of wealth, you need exposure to foreign trade,” he concluded.
COVID-19 Update in Nigeria
On the 27th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria
The spread of novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Nigeria continues to record significant increases as the latest statistics provided by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control reveal Nigeria now has 62,224 confirmed cases.
On the 27th of October 2020, 113 new confirmed cases and 3 deaths were recorded in Nigeria, having carried out a total daily test of 2,326 samples across the country.
To date, 62,224 cases have been confirmed, 57,916 cases have been discharged and 1,135 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. A total of 614,480 tests have been carried out as of October 27th, 2020 compared to 612,154 tests a day earlier.
COVID-19 Case Updates- 27th October 2020,
- Total Number of Cases – 62,224
- Total Number Discharged – 57,916
- Total Deaths – 1,1135
- Total Tests Carried out – 614,480
According to the NCDC, the 113 new cases were reported from 12 states- Lagos (51), FCT (15), Plateau (11), Kaduna (8), Oyo (8), Rivers (8), Ogun (4), Edo (2), Imo (2), Kwara (2), Delta (1), Kano (1).
Meanwhile, the latest numbers bring Lagos state total confirmed cases to 20,935, followed by Abuja (6,008), Plateau (3,614), Oyo (3,433), Rivers (2,781), Edo (2,654), Kaduna (2,625), Ogun (2,014), Delta (1,813), Kano (1,743), Ondo (1,666), Enugu (1,314), Kwara (1,069), Ebonyi (1,049), Katsina (952), Osun (923), Abia (898), Gombe (883). Borno (745), and Bauchi (710).
Imo State has recorded 616 cases, Benue (486), Nasarawa (479), Bayelsa (403), Ekiti (332), Jigawa (325), Akwa Ibom (295), Anambra (277), Niger (274), Adamawa (257), Sokoto (165), Taraba (140), Kebbi (93), Cross River (87), Yobe (82), Zamfara (79), while Kogi state has recorded 5 cases only.
Lock Down and Curfew
In a move to combat the spread of the pandemic disease, President Muhammadu Buhari directed the cessation of all movements in Lagos and the FCT for an initial period of 14 days, which took effect from 11 pm on Monday, 30th March 2020.
The movement restriction, which was extended by another two-weeks period, has been partially put on hold with some businesses commencing operations from May 4. On April 27th, 2020, Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari declared an overnight curfew from 8 pm to 6 am across the country, as part of new measures to contain the spread of the COVID-19. This comes along with the phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures in FCT, Lagos, and Ogun States, which took effect from Saturday, 2nd May 2020, at 9 am.
On Monday, 29th June 2020 the federal government extended the second phase of the eased lockdown by 4 weeks and approved interstate movement outside curfew hours with effect from July 1, 2020. Also, on Monday 27th July 2020, the federal government extended the second phase of eased lockdown by an additional one week.
On Thursday, 6th August 2020 the federal government through the secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 announced the extension of the second phase of eased lockdown by another four (4) weeks.
Oyo sets up N500 Million fund each for youth entrepreneurs, compensation for victims of police brutality
Governor Seyi Makinde plans to disburse N500 million fund to youth entrepreneurs in Oyo state.
Oyo State Government has directed that a N500 million MSME fund be set up to fund youth entrepreneurs in the State with bright business ideas
VP Osinbajo leads Committee to address unemployment, poverty among others
The National Economic Council (NEC) is ready to address the concerns of youths and Nigerians at large.
After over four hours of deliberations at the emergency meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC), a Committee was set up to meet the needs and demands of Nigerian youths behind the #EndSARS protests. The head of the Committee is Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
This information is contained in the circular issued by the National Economic Council and shared by Laolu Akande, the Senior Special Assistant-Media & Publicity to the Vice President.
According to Akande, the Joint Committee was consequently set up by Osinbajo, SAN, to work with State governments represented by the Governors of Ebonyi, Ondo, Niger, Delta, Borno and the Sokoto States to implement the resolutions of the emergency meeting.
The National Executive Council during the meeting affirmed an unequivocal belief and assurance that most members of the nation’s security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.
After over 4 hours of deliberations:
NEC SETS UP COMMITTEE TO ENGAGE YOUTHS, OTHERS ON EMPLOYMENT, SOCIAL SAFETY NETS & NATIONAL UNITY
*COMMENDS NIGERIAN POLICE, SECURITY AGENCIES ON HANDLING OF DISTURBANCES IN SOME STATES
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) October 26, 2020
What you should know
The Joint Committee set-up by the NEC, to see to the implementation of the following frameworks and the given objectives:
• Framing of a new security and stability architecture for the country.
• A framework of engagement with the youths, civil society, and religious leaders, in a bid to promote national unity.
• A framework to engage with security agencies that will devolve more control to State governors who are the chief security officers of their states.
• A framework for the Federal Government to provide compensation for those who have incurred losses in the last few weeks.
• A social security framework for the youths and Nigerians to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.