By Ginika OKoye
Executive Director of LEAD Network, Mr Chukwuma Okenwa, commended her in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu
Okenwa said that the emergence of Okonjo-Iweala would benefit the country and individual Nigerians “if we can step-up our productive capacity at home and increase our goods and services visibility international’’.
He said this was necessary to take advantage of the flourishing international trade, which the WTO regulates.
“A situation where international vessels and ships come to our seaports to bring in goods and they leave our seaports to other ports or the port of their initial original take-off `very empty’ shows that we are not filling our quota internationally.
“The empty ships and vessels leaving our international seaports; should leave well packed with our local products bound for other countries and some other international market.
“There is a need for us to be a nation of export to get our fair share in international trade diplomacy; which has gains worth trillions of dollars yearly.
“Thank God for petroleum and its accruing benefit; but it is not enough for a country as populated as Nigeria and with great taste for innovation and trendy materials,’’ he said.
The LEAD Network boss also urged Nigerians and the government on respect for international agreement to gain the trust of international partners as well as make the work of Okonjo-Iweala simpler.
“`There is a need to abide with international standard and specification in order to check goods rejection and breach of international trade agreement,’’ he said.
Okenwa also urged the Nigerian government to improve its trade diplomacy and reach, thus, leveraging on the positive credibility and visibility Okonjo-Iweala had earned for the country.
“I believe it will not be long Nigeria and Nigerians will start to enjoy the benefit of having a Nigerian as D-G WTO; if Nigerians are ready to work hard for it,’’ he said.