Nigeria(NCAN) National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Sotonye Anga, has
canvassed increased spread of Free Trade to replicate the impacts the
initiative has had in states they have been situated.
According to him, the FTZs have attracted so much in collective capital
investments as tax holidays to make it more attractive to investors seeking to
carry out high capital ventures.
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He explained that FTZ model was the softest landing for those coming to
invest in the country because most of the processes are arranged and many other
He encouraged creation of a favourable policy environment for innovation and
enabling conditions for agric entrepreneurship, and a focus on building
infrastructure, including roads, and electricity.
He explained that a blend of efforts are needed to produce tangible economic
result, including modern infrastructure development, seamless access to energy,
market access for food products and increased foreign direct investment can
play a catalytic role in fostering industrialization.
According to him, FTZs will help in creating demand for farmers produce,
better remuneration, increasing level of processing and value addition,
reducing wastage and creating opportunities and benefitting many farmers and
He stressed the need for the development of an integrated logistics sector,
adding that high logistics cost reduces the competitiveness of Nigerian goods,
both in domestic as well as export market.
According to him, the development of logistics would give a boost to both the
domestic and external demand, thereby encouraging manufacturing and job
creation. This will, in turn, be instrumental in improving the country’s gross
domestic product (GDP), he said.