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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. ***

A 21ST CENTURY TRADE POLICY FOR NIGERIA

NATION-WIDE CALL FOR INPUTS The Nigerian Office for Trade Negotiations (NOTN), Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, hereby launches the process for the preparation of, “A 21st Century Trade policy for Nigeria – A Welfare and Prosperity Trade Agenda that works for All ”. Inputs are invited from all Stakeholders – Public and Private. A 21st Century Trade policy for Nigeria in accordance with Mr. President’s priority on the economy, for growth, job creation and expanding prosperity to all Nigerians. 2. The process for preparing an updated trade policy for Nigeria is transparent and nation-wide. The public and all stakeholders are invited to submit inputs no later than September 2018, to: Nigerian-21st-century-trade-policy@notn.gov.ng; and, info@notn.gov.ng; Inputs are invited, but not limited to the core areas identified thereunder: - Trade Policy, Foreign Policy and National Security; - Trade, Competitiveness and Rules-Based Safeguards; - Trade and Companion Policies (Enabling Environment for Business, Industrial Policy, Technology and the spectrum of Regulatory Policies); - Trade in Services; - Trade in Goods; - Trade in the “Knowledge Economy”: Digital Economy and Data, Intellectual Property and Innovation; - Trade and Investment Facilitation and Global Value Chains; - Informal Economy Trade/ Micro-Small and Medium Enterprises; - Empowerment of Women in Trade; - Standards and Quality Infrastructure; - Trade Capacity-Building and Training; - Institutional Framework for the Management of Trade Policy; - Trade Remedy and Trade Dispute Settlement and, - Monitoring, Review and Evaluation. 3. The process of preparing “A 21st Century Trade policy for Nigeria – A Welfare and Prosperity Trade Agenda that works for All ”, will build, inter alia, on the results and issues identified from the nation-wide Stakeholder sensitization and consultation on the Agreement Establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA). These inputs can be found on the NOTN website: http://www.notn.gov.ng/ For details, visit http://www.notn.gov.ng; and twitter: TradeOfficeNG