Mr. Akim Oyediran, President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Cross River and Akwa Ibom Section, expressed the intention of the association to partner with the Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM) to increase exports from both states.

Oyediran expressed this on Saturday during his visit to identify industries that could export agricultural products to Cross River, to help them partner effectively with NEXIM Bank.

The President said the chapter, under his leadership, would be key in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and mobilize industry and businesses with opportunities available in the export market.

“My visit to Cross River aims to identify companies and industries that can export agricultural products and make them work with NEXIM Bank, so that they obtain the necessary information from the Bank.

“So far with what I have seen on this familiarization tour, I am very impressed with the industries in the Calabar Free Trade Zone (CFTZ).

“The chapter is ready to partner with NEXIM bank for the export of syringes, rubber, transformers, recycling products and other agricultural products in the zone.

In his reaction, the Regional Head of NEXIM Bank Calabar Office, Mr. Soni Osaghale, said what MAN was doing was part of NEXIM Bank’s export orientation.

“We are set up as an Export Credit Agency (ECA), we understand the export market, do consultancy services for the export market; our goal is to stimulate export to earn foreign exchange for the government.

He added that NEXM Bank was ready to partner with MAN in promoting export goods as per the AfCFTA agreement.