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  • ***The African Union is holding a Signaling Conference on the 2nd-3rd of September in South Africa. The Signalling Conference for Services was Nigeria's idea, as Chairman of the Negotiating Forum (NF) *** The Signaling Conference would be a two-day event where African countries will present market access opening for trade in service. Nigeria shall be participating at the Services Signaling Conference, with representatives from operators in Nigeria's Services Sector and the Nigerian Coalition of Services Industries (NCSI) *** Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire now join Nigeria as the African countries participating in the WTO E-commerce Initiative, following the launch of negotiations in Davos on 25th January 2019.  Nigerian Chief Trade Negotiator, Ambassador Osakwe commended Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire saying: “Congratulations to Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire for their foresight and positive engagement. You can only influence and decide on rules, if you are at the negotiating table. Nigeria looks forward to collaborating with both countries in the Ecommerce Initiative and associated negotiations” *** Le ZLECAF est en marche. L'Afrique est en marche. M. Waoti Seydou Toure, le negociateur en chef du Cote d'Ivoire et un ami du Nigeria, donne un coup de pousse du ZLECAF. Ambassador Osakwe, negociateur en chef du Nigeria felicites le Cote d'ivoire pour leur contributions aux lancement du ZLECAF *** Le ZLECAF est en marche. L'Afrique est en marche. M. Waoti Seydou Toure, le negociateur en chef du Cote d'Ivoire et un ami du Nigeria, donne un coup de pousse du ZLECAF. Ambassador Osakwe, negociateur en chef du Nigeria felicites le Cote d'ivoire pour leur contributions aux lancement du ZLECAF ***

FG Appoints Osakwe DG Nigeria Office for Trade Negotiations

The Federal Government has approved the appointment of Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe as Director General with concurrent designation as Chief Negotiator, Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN) The appointment, which took effect from June, 6th, 2017, is for a period of four years. Recall that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the established of NOTN in May, 2017, as the standing Negotiating body for Nigeria. The NOTN is legally domiciled in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. All reports and recommendations from the NOTN on trade policy shall be reviewed by the Economic Management Team based on the memoranda submitted by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, for decision making by FEC as appropriate Before now, Osakwe was a Trade Adviser at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and provided technical advice on trade policy and structural reforms to the Federal Government He is also an Adjunct Professor on a leave of absence from the International University in Geneva (IUG) on International Trade Policy, Diplomacy and Negotiations. Prior to his current position in Nigeria, he headed several Divisions, including most recently the position of Director of the Accessions Division at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Before joining the WTO, he was a Nigerian Diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during which he served at the Permanent Missions of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN) and other International Organizations in New York and Geneva. He has published widely in the areas of trade policy and negotiations, foreign policy and national security. Osakwe was educated at the University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Oxford (United Kingdom) and New York University, from where he obtained his PhD. He has won several prizes and has been honoured by several governments.