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  • ***In Abuja, today (19th June), ECOWAS-15 Regional Stakeholders commenced technical meeting to finalize the Market Access Offer (Schedule) of Tariff Concessions for Trade in Goods, for the operational launch of the AfCFTA, in July, 2019 *** The Goods Market Access Offer (Schedule) shall establish the 90% level of ambition (non-sensitive) and sensitive lists, and staging periods, for the ECOWAS-15, in the AfCFTA. In the AfCFTA, the ECOWAS-15 is negotiating, collectively, as a Customs Union (CU), with a common, undifferentiated Goods Schedule that shall preserve its integrity as a Customs Union *** Nigerian Trade Negotiators were in Addis from 20th May to 8th June to participate at technical negotiations, policy meetings and bilateral engagements, preparatory to the 12thExtraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) for the “Operational Launch” of the Agreement Establishing the AfCFTA, scheduled for Niamey, Niger, on 7th July. Ambassador Osakwe, Nigeria’s Chief Trade Negotiator, led the Nigerian Delegation *** In Addis, the Nigerian Delegation participated at the meetings of the 15th Negotiating Forum (NF) of the AfCFTA; Senior Trade Officials (STOs) of the African Union; and, the 8th Meeting of the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT). Ambassador Osakwe, DG NOTN and Ambassador Albert Muchanga, AU Industry and Trade Commissioner, with their Teams, undertook a detailed technical review of the legal and policy status of the AfCFTA and the envisaged draft package to be submitted for decisions to the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the AU Niamey Summit *** WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, on the margins of the OECD Ministerial Meeting in Paris, participated at the WTO Informal Ministerial meeting on 23 May. Director-General Roberto Azevêdo, at the WTO Informal Ministerial, urged Ministers to address systemic challenges and advance negotiating work in parallel. Azevêdo advised intensified work on fisheries subsidies, if there was to be a successful outcome by the agreed end-of-year deadline ***

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