The Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, has stated that it has marked down 11 strategic products and 21 countries to market Nigerian goods.
The was contained in a statement issued by Head, Public Relations of the council,Joe Itah in Abuja on Wednesday,January 27.
The NEPC said this would help to grow non-oil foreign exchange income from 2.7 billion dollars to 30 billion dollars in five years.
“More recently, we have developed the Zero Oil Plan in response to this administration’s charge that Nigeria must begin to look for new drivers of the economy.
“The plan is Nigeria’s strategic effort to build an economy that does not need oil to survive and can serve as a major flagship economic programme for the country.
“The plan identifies 11 strategic products and 21 countries for Nigerian goods to grow non-oil foreign exchange from 2.7 billion today to 30 billion dollars in five years,’’ it stated.
The steps, it noted were the One-State-One Product programme for assisting each state to develop and promote a choice exportable product where it had comparative and competitive edge.
Others are the 13 National Strategic Export Products which are in three categories.
The categories are Agro Industrial – Palm Oil, Cocoa, Cashew, Sugar and Rice.
The mining related products are cement, iron ore and metals, auto parts and cars, aluminium, while oil and gas industrial products, include petroleum products, fertiliser and urea, petrochemical and methanol.
Also, the Nigerian Diaspora Export programme which has three major components targeted at Nigerians in diaspora.
“The components are cuisine beyond borders, establishment of Nigerian Heritage Houses and encouraging our teaming diasporas to invest in the non-oil export sector,’’ the statement said.
It stated that the minister announced plans to organise a national agricultural summit aimed at engaging the youth to get their buy-in and change the orientation that agriculture was only meant for never-do-wells.
The statement said the minister commended the council for articulating a Zero Oil Plan to support the rapid diversification of the nation’s economy through non-oil exports.