The Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni NPOM said as part of strategy to revitalise the Industry, Trade and Investment sectors, effort are being made to digitalised the operation of FMITI and its Agencies through “Digitals Industry, Trade and Investment Platform (DITIP)”
Dr. Gwarzo disclosed this while declaring opened the technical session of the Meeting of Virtual and Physical Session of the 12th National Council on Industry, Trade and Investment sectors in Nigeria in the Post Corona Virus (COVID-19) Pandemic with the theme: ‘’Revitalization of the Industry, Trade and Investment Sector in Nigeria in the Post Corona Virus (COVID -19) Pandemic Era’’ taking place in Abuja.
He stated that the Platform is an Enterprise E-Solution that drives fully automated paperless hub where all businesses, processes and procedures of the Ministry and its Agencies are harmonised, co-ordinated and streamlined to provide prompt, efficient, predictable, and transparent servicesto businesses and Investments.
“This is in addition to revamping the Ministry`s Website for efficient and effective information and communication of the activities of the Ministry and its parastatals” Gwarzo added.
He further disclosed the Ministry is also proposing to organize a novel Trade and Investment week with the sole purpose of showcasing potentials in the sector, adding that the proposed week would afford the opportunity to exhibitors to display their potentials with the view to attracting Investment opportunities, thereby facilitating revitalization of the sector.
“I wish to inform you that the Ministry is proposing to develop sector strategic plan 2020-2030 in collaboration with the World Bank, the plan would serve as the roadmap and a guide for sustainable revitalization of the sector” he added.
Dr. Gwarzo reiterated that the Ministry would vigorously embark on the review of the Nigeria Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP), Trade Policy and Investment Policy formulation in consultation with the critical stakeholders, stressing that all these effort[P1] when finalised and fully operational would facilitate and reinvigorate the sector for growth and development.
“it may interest you to know that Investment Protection Agreement (IPPA) with Singapore and Morocco had been signed by the Federal Government and that effort are being made to collaborate with the Ministry of Justice for the production of the instrument of ratification for the signature of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the Ministry is working assiduously to develop coordinated approach to Investment promotion within 25 States and FCT.
”I must appreciate the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo,CON and the Minister of State, Amb. Mariam Yalwaji Katagum for their leadership quality as demonstrated by their sincerity and dedication to the course of delivering the Presidential Mandate assigned to the Ministry and its Agencies as they have been steering the affairs of the Ministry and the sector in general, creditably well.”
In his welcome address, Director, Planning, Policy, Research and Statistics (PPR&S), Alh. Babagana Alkali appreciated the Chairman of the Technical Session who is the Permanent Secretary of Ministry, Dr. Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, mni NPOM who has been managing the affairs of the Ministry with outstanding qualities and giving support to the Agencies and other stakeholders as well as the timely implementation of the key decisions of the Council.
“I think all Members of the Technical Session; the Permanent Secretaries from the States and those present here today with the support of the Directors of the Ministry and CEOs of Agencies both at the Federal and States, invited guest, official from MDAs, Development Partners and other key Stakeholders for sacrificing their precious time to be part of this year’s meeting” Alkali added.
Ahmad Lawan Danbazau
For: Deputy Director, Press