It is our final newsletter for the PDF Bridge programme and we would like to say a massive thank you to every one of you for being critical stakeholders. Read on as we share our success stories and highlight our triumphs in the last one year.
The Policy Development Facility Bridge programme’s Trade Policy Workstream (TRD) has been supporting the growth of the non-oil export sector since its predecessor programme Policy Development Facility II (PDF II) by enabling underrepresented export-oriented voices in economic policy and strengthening the sustainable participation of exporter groups.
One of the many ways TRD is addressing this is through an innovative trade mentorship programme. The programme is connecting non-oil export potentials with experienced mentors who have practical regulatory, sourcing, shipping, marketing, and export financing knowledge. The mentors will handhold the mentees helping them escape the initial pitfalls that plague inexperienced exporters. The programme began on November 18, 2020 and currently has 7 mentors and 17 active mentees.
PDF Bridge Advisors leveraged evidence from research conducted by PDF Bridge in contributing to the development of an Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP) which focuses on a post-covid19 economy recovery targeting retention of existing jobs, creating new jobs, levering digital skills to export services, and advocating for interventions which seek to de-risk the environment.
Photos from the Dinner hosted by the Policy Development Facility Bridge Programme to mark the end of the programme. The dinner was well attended by Champions of Change from various MDAs, the National Assembly, and the Presidency. Attendance was done within the limits of set COVID-19 regulations.
Micro Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) are integral to the stimulation of developing economies as exploiting the full capabilities of MSMEs will improve trade competitiveness aimed towards achieving the objectives of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). PDF Bridge Programme recognises the role that MSMEs can play in the implementation of the AfCFTA; and is supporting the National Action Committee of the AfCFTA Secretariat by funding this study.
We are happy to share the March special edition of the Bridge Digest with you. This edition features the official presentation of the Study To Inform The Ratification Of The African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by the PDF Bridge Programme Manager Dr Titilola Akindeinde to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo CON. This story and many more have been put together for your reading pleasure.
This report documents the strategic plan for the implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) by Nigeria following a diagnostic review of the prevailing trade ecosystem including the participants (traders and service providers), the regulating agencies, prevailing policies, and processes as well as the level of regional integration.
A Roundtable Event on the Diversification Study and Non-Oil Export Opportunities for Nigerian States Post-Covid-19
The Policy Development Facility Bridge program (PDF Bridge) held a Trade Policy Roundtable to discuss the findings and recommendations from its recent study titled “Diversification and Non-oil Export Opportunities for Nigerian States Post-Covid19”.
The objectives of the policy roundtable were;
- To provide a forum for relevant stakeholders to learn about and discuss the findings from the Export Diversification study;
- Through discussions, generate recommendations on necessary actionable steps towards reforms, process restructuring, elimination of various challenges identified in the study, and implementation of the study recommendations.
In this edition of The Bridge Digest, you will read about the Rapid Response Register recently launched by the Federal Government which was achieved through PDF Bridge support and also get details of our Trade radio programme in Kano and Borno State.
This report presents a market analysis of the 22 identified products of the Zero-oil initiative providing a comprehensive analysis on the export potentials, key markets, existing value chain, and quality requirements of six (6) key products namely; Soya, sugar, rubber, leather, cocoa beans, and ginder.
This edition of the Bridge Digest highlights PDF Bridge support to the National Trade Facilitation Committee and the OAuGF towards improved AFROSAI-E ratings. Read about our semi-formal event that took place in Sheraton Hotel, Knowledge Management Network Lunch meeting, our Trade Mentorship programme and other insightful events.