06 July 2021 By Remi Johnson
The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ACCI, says it will continue to create an enabling environment for businesses, particularly those in the agro value chain to thrive in the country in accordance with regulatory requirements and international best practices.
President, Abuja Chamber of Commerce And Industry, ACCI, DR. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar gave this assurance during its monthly Arahah Market exhibition in Abuja.
Dr Abubakar explained that the Arahah Market was an initiative of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry in collaboration with Women Arise Development and Humanitarian Initiative geared towards assisting small scale business owners that ventured into made in Nigeria products to easily get buyers irrespective of their locations.
According to Dr Abubakar, the mission is to provide high-quality, affordable products and expand business skills of rural women through digital trading for local and small scale businesses .
He expressed optimism that digital trading, would remove logistics bottlenecks associated with the physical market and serve as a gateway to boost economic development by bringing producers, regulators, off-takers and exporters of commodities within African countries and global communities together in one location.
His words:”The concept of digital trading which is also a component of the Arahah market will greatly increase access to the market and remove logistics bottlenecks associated to the physical markets…
boost revenue, bridge the middlemen gap and grant market access to customers” Abubakar said.
The ACCI Boss who further encouraged everyone to participate in the market by buying, selling, and networking said the chamber through its secretariat and the four centers namely Abuja Trade Center, Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology Centre, DisputeResolution Centre, and Policy Advocacy Centre, would continue to support the Arahah market.
The Convener of Arahah Marketers, Mrs Adamma Ogumka Ejeki corroborated that the idea was to support market men women, farmers, and Entrepreneurs to develop capacity in producing and selling locally made goods on a large scale within and outside the shores of the country for sustainable economic growth.
According to her, they help in profiling and packaging the products to enable them access and attract global market opportunities.
Some traders at the Arahah Market confirmed that they witnessed improved patronage nationally since December 2020 when the market was inaugurated.