ACCI tasks private sector to drive agro-processing zones

The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the Federal Government that its initiative to set agro-processing zones is driven by the Private Sector (OPS).

Dr Abubakar Al-Mujtaba, ACCI President made the call in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

Al-Mujtaba said that the agro-processing zones should be the turf of the OPS while the government should provide enabling framework, support and to make the project thrive.

Al-Mujtaba described the policy action as a timely response to the push for diversification of the economy to bridge dwindling fortune of the oil sector and tackle challenges of African Continental Free Trade Area.

“We are excited by the coverage of the planned project which confirms the seriousness of the federal and state to address agricultural value urgency to increase export earnings and compete locally and internationally.

“The expected massive output will make for the action to upgrade the national agricultural exporting capacity.

“The OPS has the skills and the experience to transform the dream of the government into reality in of a diversified economy with maximum efficiency.

“The private sector has the qualities of less waste, transparent business model and value for money,” he said.

He further noted that the project would also gain from the time tested industry’s experience in the processing sub-sector, while leveraging on the extensive capacity of the private sector to drive such a business model.

He particularly commended the Ministers of Agriculture as well as that of Industry, Trade and Investment for their and foresight.

He hoped that full integration of the private sector into the design and process would make a huge difference in the attainment of the project’s goals and agenda. (NAN)