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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 ***

2017 NIGERIAN ANNUAL TRADE POLICY REPORT

Good afternoon and thank you all for coming to the launch of this First Edition of the “Nigerian Annual Trade Report” (NATPOR). There is a degree of excitement that we are now at this point. The NATPOR is the expression of the firm commitment by the Federal Government of Nigeria to ensure that, in principle and in practice, trade policy and associated policies, particularly investment, serve as drivers for modernization, diversification, growth, development and job creation.

Statement by President Buhari on the Continental Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), delivered at the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa

In a rapidly changing global economy, with much uncertainty we believe that the establishment of a Continental Free Trade Area would provide Africa with tremendous opportunity to achieve significant growth driven by intra-Africa trade. In accordance with African Union Assembly Decision of January, 2012, the Union decided to establish the Continental Free Trade Area by 2017. Although we missed this timeline last year, we still have the opportunity to establish the Continental Free Trade Area by March, 2018.

Nigerian Trade Team Heads to Kigali for CFTA Negotiations

On behalf of the Nigerian Delegation, thank for convening this meeting of the Trade Policy Review Body (TPRB) for Nigeria’s 5th Trade Policy Review. I speak for the record, so a Note of thanks.

For the record, I should add that Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Honourable Minister for Industry, Trade and Investment of Nigeria, should have led the Nigerian Delegation to this Trade Policy Review. Minister Enelamah, however, is in Berlin, representing President Buhari at the G20 Leaders outreach with Africa.

ZERO DRAFT ECOWAS COMMON TRADE POLICY: STATEMENT BY THE NIGERIAN OFFICE FOR TRADE NEGOTIATIONS (NOTN)

The Nigerian Government welcomes and appreciates the step by the ECOWAS Commission to initiate consultations on an ECOWAS-wide zero draft Trade Policy. The initiation of this process is essential and timely in a rapidly changing Continental and global economic and trade policy landscape. We congratulate H.E. Mr. Marcel Alain de Souza, President of the ECOWAS Commission and his Team for his leadership.