Fidelity Bank Plc is training over 100 SMEs at the eighth edition of the Export Management Programme (EMP) with the aim of providing impactful, world-class support to Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kano State.
The strategic objective of the programme is to help Nigerian exporters build business management capacity to become more competitive in the global marketplace
The programme commenced in 2017, and Fidelity Bank had always planned to take EMP to other parts of Nigeria where there are critical mass market opportunities for exports.
The programme has since graduated over 400 entrepreneurs who have transitioned from base level export experience to becoming established exporters with extensive export market footprints.
The Deputy Managing Director of the bank, Mohammed Balarabe, commended the participants for enrolling for the programme at the opening ceremony, saying that it was a smart investment decision in the light of emerging opportunities in the non-oil sector of the economy.
“I am very confident that your business will benefit immensely from the insights and knowledge that the programme provides, with return on investment far exceeding the financial and economic costs of the programme to you” Balarabe said.
As regards to the rationale behind holding this edition in Kano, Mr. Balarabe noted that the decision was borne out of the need to exploit the massive potentials of the positioning of Kano as the hub for aggregation of agro commodities in Northern Nigeria.
The Regional Coordinator (Northwest) for NEPC, Mr Hassan Bala, stated that the EMP 8 would help scale the capacity of existing and potential exporters to enable them participate fully in the non-oil export business in Nigeria.
“The faculties we have gathered have the capacity and experience to assist the participants in achieving the target set for the programme. It is an invaluable training programme for all businesses interested in Nigeria’s foreign trade”.
The eighth edition of the EMP which was scheduled to hold at the Grand Central Hotel in Kano, began on July 15 and ends on July 19, 2019.