Launched in 2016, the EMP is a sector focused capacity building programme run by Fidelity Bank in partnership with the Lagos Business School (LBS), to deliver impactful, world-class export management education to aspiring and existing players in the non-oil export sector of the Nigerian economy.
The programme, which prepares participants for effective play in the international non-oil export markets and the larger export markets in general, has continued to raise the bar of capacity building in exports in Nigeria.
Its unique curriculum is structured to take participants through courses bordering strategically on product development for export; developing linkages with process facilitators and customers in importing countries; and understanding the various export processes. These include accompanying documentation and other requirements in Nigeria and key importing countries; export products storage; quality assurance, branding and packaging, sourcing and supply chain management, logistics and shipping, export finance, business ethics and many more.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Fidelity Bank, Nnamdi Okonkwo, who gave valuable insights into the rationale behind establishing the EMP, said the lender remains highly committed to aiding the diversification of Nigeria’s mono-economy particularly through import substitution and export promotion. “We finance a lot of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria. A number of these MSMEs have strong export potential. It was therefore a natural fit for us to partner with the Lagos Business School (LBS), and NEPC to make this happen given recent developments in the global oil markets and the impact they have had on the Nigerian economy”, he said.
Six streams of the EMP have since been held since 2016 whilst efforts are in top gear to host the seventh stream (EMP 7), which has been scheduled for November 2018. In addition to its usual focus areas, the EMP will also shed significant light on key policies/programmes recently released by government to boost non-oil exports, and how intending exporters can take advantage of them.
The reputation of the EMP as the must-attend, focused capacity building programme for aspiring and existing exporters in the Nigerian market has continued to be attested to by testimonials from participants of previous streams of the programme. The bank emphasized that it intends to continue to strengthen the EMP in collaboration with its partners, to ensure it retains its strong position in the market as the platform of choice for capacity building in the exports area.
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