Awka, Anambra, Nigeria – The Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, CFR, has underscored his administration’s commitment to encouraging production for export. Governor Soludo made this declaration during a Business Roundtable with manufacturers, importers, and exporters in Anambra, which centered on the theme, “From Import to Industrialization for Export.” The event took place at the International Convention Centre, Awka.

The primary aim of the roundtable session was to identify the challenges faced by manufacturers, importers, and exporters, with a focus on finding effective solutions. Governor Soludo stressed the importance of government engagement to support investors and their partners in the state.

Governor Soludo assured the attendees that his administration was actively pursuing reforms to streamline the approval processes within the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA). He emphasized the commitment to reducing bottlenecks and improving accessibility for prospective investors.

He also highlighted his government’s ambitious agenda in agriculture, particularly the palm and coconut revolution, which aims to create a new economic ecosystem within the state.

Prof. Soludo revealed ongoing efforts to expand the state’s land bank and expedite the processing time for acquiring land Certificates of Occupancy (C of O) to just 72 hours.

Addressing issues of road safety, the Governor announced plans to introduce road markings to distinguish red zones from free zones for motorists. He acknowledged concerns about abuses by officials of the Anambra State Traffic Management Agency (ARTMA) and mentioned a review of fines while considering the public’s overall interest.

Governor Soludo disclosed discussions regarding the potential for generating captive power using gas, with a promise that by December, Upper Iweka would undergo transformation into a safer place, enhancing Anambra’s appeal as a prime investment destination.

The event, organized by the Ministry of Industry, led by Commissioner Mr. Christian Udechukwu, underscored the government’s determination to attract more investors and stimulate the state’s economic growth.

During the roundtable, various stakeholders raised pertinent issues, including the challenges posed by Monday sit-ins, poor road conditions in and around Onitsha, difficulties in visa processing, land C of O procurement, insecurity, touting, and the revitalization of the Onitsha Seaport, among others.

Participants offered recommendations such as enhancing security through the installation of CCTV cameras at key points, the establishment of an integrated trade platform facilitated by the state, providing incentives to promote industrialization, and creating a contributory scheme for manufacturers to maximize impact.

The event drew the presence of Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi, Chief of Staff to the Governor, and several members of the Anambra State Executive Council, as well as prominent business figures.

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