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Policy Brief: Mapping of Exporter Experience in Non-Oil Export Sector in Nigeria

Business environment reform is a key driver of economic diversification and inclusive growth. The Nigerian government took a decisive step in this direction by rolling out executive orders (EOs) on ease of doing business on 18 May 2017. The Orders were targeted at repositioning Nigeria in the global non-oil economy through the improved capacity for competitive non-oil export. Against this background, PDF II funded a mapping of non-oil exporters was carried out and deliberately focused on MSMEs due to their importance to the government’s efforts to diversify the productive base of the economy.

Diversifying towards non-oil exports in Nigeria

The study ‘Diversification and Non-Oil Export Opportunities for Nigerian States Post-COVID-19’ was commissioned by the NEPC through the Policy Development Facility (PDF) Bridge Programme for use by the public and private sector stakeholders. Ernst & Young conducted a market analysis on six prioritised products from the Zero Oil Initiative and provided strategic recommendations.

PDF Bridge has now developed a policy brief for stakeholders to highlight the key issues and recommendations. The full study can be accessed here.

Improving Nigeria’s Non-oil Exports: Aba Industrial City

Aba Industrial City is an aggregation of thousands of MSMEs and mass producers of industrial goods including garment and leather products. If properly harnessed, the mass production capacities of component clusters of AIC and similar models are capable of positioning Nigeria at a competitive advantage in the global garment and leather industrial space. In 2016, the Textile, Apparel, and Footwear sector contributed N2 trillion ($6.6 billion), approximately 2% of Nigeria’s total GDP, to Nigeria’s economy.