ITA partners NEPC to launch first E-Lab Innova training for agribusiness sector in Nigeria

The E-Lab Innova is an educational training program for its agri-food sector in Nigeria, which will be implemented in collaboration with the Nigerian Export Promotion Commission (NEPC) along with other Italian spouses, for example, MACFRUT, a leading exhibition for the agribusiness market.

The training is directed at increasing the technical and technical abilities of Nigerian agri-food companies to encourage their access to EU markets and foster business partnerships with Italian businesses.

The programme is scheduled to endure for the length of five weeks and will be implemented in 3 phases: a preliminary assessment to analyze both the management and technical training requirements, company potential and profile layout; 2-week webinar training courses focused on crucial internalisation topics along with a 5-days study tour in Italy, which will include Macfrut exhibition.

Italian Trade Agency Director for West Africa, Dr. Alessandro Gerbino, at the launching ceremony to flag off the training stated: “Nigeria remains a strategic purpose for engagement between the agency and other nations across West Africa.

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“The E-Lab Innova holds prospects for Nigerian businesses to be imparted about the wisdom and technicalities of their counterparts abroad whilst also paving the way for collaborations involving Italian and Nigerian agribusinesses.”

Director, International Export Offices, Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Uduak Etokowoh stated: “The council constantly seeks out collaborations like this to strengthen trade relations across the world.

“The European Union (EU) is one of the largest markets for agribusiness, nevertheless, challenges such as logistics and inability to meet market needs pose a danger to expansion opportunities. In adapting to the new standard of virtual engagements, we are extremely thrilled to partner the ITA to provide this digital training in support of wealth generation to the market and also to enhance seamless insight into the EU markets for Nigerian agribusinesses”.

13 agribusinesses across Nigeria took part in the first training session such as United Agro Cooperative Society Limited, Cobrend Trading, and much more.

The program will demand almost 40 Nigerian businesses in total.

Since the launch of Lab Innova in Africa, over 140 companies across Ghana, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda, and Ethiopia have successfully gone through the training program together with research tours and exhibitions in Italy.

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