The Cross River State government says it has injected life to the state moribund Cross River Export Processing Committee to enable the body sensitize the state on the advantages that are accessible in export sector of the economy.
Commissioner for Commerce and Industry Barr. (Mrs) Rosemary Archibong spoke in Calabar at the 78th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Calabar Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (CCCIMA).
She said that without export trade can not yield its maximum result and that the ministry is working with the committee to reinvigorate the commercial trade, maritime and agriculture business sectors.
The former commissioner of Information and Orientation Cross River State disclosed that government has embarked on vigorous activities in agriculture and provided enabling environment for active participation for the measures to yield fruits so that the state would not only be a tourism destination but also reference point on economic trade.
Barr. (Mrs) Rosemary Archibong hinted that a cocoa merchant in the state recently exported 7000 metric tones of cocoa on three different occasion through the Calabar port and that the state is expecting a team from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture to access the state as a special Centre on Agriculture Processing Zone.
President, Calabar Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (CCCIMA) Efefiong Edem Ekong (SAN) said that he has a lot of confidence on himself and that he would not disappoint his members (CCCIMA) on their expectations.
According to the Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a lot of things are happening now in the West African coast boarders that includes the Gulf of Guinea Commission and African Trade Act with their attendant economic benefits for the state.
Efefiong Edem Ekong (SAN) assured that he would enlighten his people on the economic benefits they stand to gain so as to enable the state compete with other countries within the economic zone.
Responding further to questions from pressmen he said “with the high level of commerce activities, it will reduce the level of poverty for the common man in this part of the country”.
“the strategy that I will put in place for the economic boom is to ensure that CCCIMA continue to engage government on behalf of the organized private sector”.
“we will ensure that government continues to articulate the challenges they have with their members to ensure that CCCIMA comes to a consensus with government”.
He listed some of the challenges as unnecessary taxation, access to capital and that without security trade and industry can not strive.