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  • ***NOTN delegation participates in the G20 Trade and Investment Working Group (TIWG) meeting where delegates, discussed current issues in international trade including digital trade, with a view to developing a consensus draft Ministerial Statement on Trade and Investment for the G20 Ministers of Trade and Digital Economy meeting scheduled to hold in June 2019 *** NOTN delegation also participated in the T20-G20 roundtable and gained further research-based insights from the T20 policy briefs and recommendations on digital trade, WTO reforms as well as trade and investment for sustainable and inclusive growth *** NOTN circulates approved draft market access schedule of concession on trade in goods as a basis for the ECOWAS draft schedule for AfCFTA *** NOTN initiates process of consultative engagement with stakeholders on AfCFTA Phase II negotiations on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). Stakeholders commenced with identification of negotiating priorities *** Stakeholders agree that the safeguard of the IP of Right Holders remains critical to Nigeria’s economic growth, export of Nigeria’s soft power, modernization of the economy and job creation. ***

Presidential Committee on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) meets in

The Presidential Committee charged with the responsibility of widening consultations on the framework Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) met in a closed session at its second meeting, today (Tuesday, June 19, 2018). The meeting was co-chaired by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah and his Foreign Affairs Counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama, with Ambassador Chiedu Osakwe, Chief Negotiator and DG NOTN as its Secretary. At the closed door meeting today, the DG of NOTN was invited to report the feedback from the stakeholders’ sensitization and consultation across Nigeria’s 6 geopolitical zones; and, with industry, sector-specific groups, labour, think thanks and civil society; and, to exchange views on the draft report that will be sent to Mr. President. It would be recalled that the AfCFTA Presidential Committee initially met on 4th April, 2018 during which itreviewed the Substance of the AfCFTA and received an update on the legal status of the AfCFTA. Speaking at the event today, Minister Enelamah commended the efforts of Amb. Osakwe and his team and stated that the Committee will continue to consult. At today’s meeting, a technical drafting group led by Ambassador Osakwe was mandated by Minister Enelamah and Foreign Affairs Minister, Onyeama to finalize the draft report this week.