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AfCFTA to Backs Nigeria Customs to Drive Trade

L-R: Adewale Adeniyi, comptroller-general of Customs and Wamkele Mene, secretary-general of AfCFTA, when the CGC received members of AfCFTA at the Customs Corporate Headquarters in Abuja recently.

The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) said it will partner with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Scretieriate to facilitate trade on the African Continent.

Speaking when he received members of AfCFTA at the Customs Corporate Headquarters in Abuja recently, Adewale Adeniyi, comptroller-general of Customs, said Africa’s share in global trade is around 3–4 percent, expressing concerns on the inability of African trade to grow beyond 14–15 percent.

He stated there is a need for Customs to balance trade facilitation and revenue collection.

“We are not unmindful of the benefits that trade presents — economic growth, job creation, and poverty alleviation because trade fosters regional and international bonds. This is why the coming of AfCFTA over 10 years ago brought many positive projections,” Adeniyi pointed out.

“There is a need for collaboration in verifying the origin of the goods at the port as Nigeria Customs Service has been designated the appropriate authority in collaboration with other government agencies.

“This administration has taken several measures to improve trade facilitation in Nigeria. We are planning the implementation of a time-release study in the first quarter of this year working with other agencies of government,” he said.

He said the Service must invest in data analytics and must bring all its officers up to know the basic elements or requirements for data analysis.

Wamkele Mene, secretary-general of the African Continental Free Trade Area, congratulated the CGC on his appointment and confirmation— expressing excitement to proffer solutions to the issues bedeviling trade in Africa.

He said the importance of cooperation between AfCFTA and the Nigeria Customs Service in tackling trade impediments.

Mene expressed joy in jointly finding solutions to the issues affecting trade in Nigeria, emphasising that AfCFTA is committed to collaborating with the Customs to facilitate trade not only in Nigeria but across the African continent.

Mene expressed optimism that the synergy between AfCFTA and NCS would significantly improve trade and revenue generation in various African countries, including but not limited to Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Kenya.

He underscored the strategic role, which effective trade facilitation plays in fostering economic growth and development across the region.

AfCFTA, established to promote intra-African trade and economic integration, sees its partnership with Customs as a crucial step towards realising its objectives. The collaboration aims to streamline customs procedures, reduce trade barriers, and enhance the efficiency of cross-border trade.

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