AfCFTA: Made in Aba goods for display in Rwanda

From Ogbonnaya Ndukwe, Aba

In response to the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) ratified by Nigeria and 52 other nations in Africa, made in Aba products have formally started finding their way into foreign markets in Africa and beyond.

Already, some manufacturers of shoes, bags and belts (leather products) and garments have made inroads, visiting countries like, Central Africa Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of (DR Congo), Gabon, and Rwanda, among others, to test-run the acceptability and sale of their products, a result they said, came out positive thinking, paving way for formal setting up of showrooms for display of Aba made goods.

The leader of Aba Shoes, Bags and Other Leather Products Manufacturers Association, Ken Anyanwu, said the urge to expose more of their products to the outside world made him and his colleagues to embark on trade visits to some African countries, whose traders have been coming to buy from them here in Nigeria.

Anyanwu said preparations were at an advanced stage by his group to open showrooms in some countries beginning with Kigali, Rwanda, next month.

“If we get sponsorship from the government and private sector operators, we’ll be taking our products to Kigali, Rwanda, where we are trying to open a showroom for Aba made products.

“The people are eager to have made in Aba products. I’ve been there before.”

On the benefits to be derived from setting up branches in other African countries, Anyanwu said: “We’ll get new customers, earn foreign exchange that will help boost revenue through having many distribution channels, which is vital in production.

“Going to Kigali will help us open new distribution channels,” he asserted.

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