The Federal Government plans to build Nigeria Heritage Cities in Jeddah, Houston and other cities across the globe that have huge Nigerian populations to serve as one-stop hub for Nigerian foods and products.
Speaking in Abuja yesterday, during a luncheon organised to receive a delegation from the Nigeria Initiative for Economic Development, the Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Segun Awolowo, said the plan is part of the Nigeria Diaspora Export (NDEX) programme.
“NDEX is designed to be promoted under a public private partnership arrangement, with the private sector encouraged to drive most of the activities,” Awolowo said.
He said in addition to this, NDEX also targets to achieve Nigeria Cuisine Beyond Borders (NCBB), being a vehicle for exporting Nigerian cuisines abroad and Diaspora Export of Non-Oil Products (DENOP) aimed at attracting Diaspora participation in export for agriculture, textile and solid minerals.
Leader of the delegation from the Nigeria Initiative for Economic Development from Houston, United States of America, Dr. Alfred Olabisi Tofade, said the delegation was in Nigeria on a trade mission to explore how Nigeria can promote non-oil export.
He said Nigeria can earn huge foreign currency exporting to the US as there is market there waiting for Nigeria’s non-oil exports in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and raw materials in general.