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 PHCCIMA Weekly e-Newsletter 18th March, 2022

It was another round of success and endorsement as PHCCIMA President, Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, JP visited the European Union Embassy to seek some level of partnership with the European Union on behalf of PHCCIMA. On Wednesday 9th March, 2022 Sir Mike Elechi and PHCCIMA team including Elected  Council member and the Head of Trade Missions Desk, Mrs. Florence Nwosibe visited Mr. John Taylor, Minister Counsellor, head of Trade and Economic Section of the European Union Embassy in Abuja to discuss issues pertaining to Trade and Investment between Nigeria and European Union Countries.

The PHCCIMA President in his presentation emphasized the need to promote export trade especially in Non-Oil and Agriculture, assured standardization of agricultural processes to meeting European standard; responding the European Union Minister Counsellor,  Mr. John Taylor promised a visit to Port Harcourt by the Ambassador in the coming months to be part of the  Chamber Programme for SMEs and MSMEs in Agricultural value chain on stable standardisation and packaging of their products to meeting the European Union Countries standard. He also asserted that this will increase the SME operators interested in keying into the AFCFTA Pact recently signed by Nigeria.

The Chamber President used the opportunity to request the European Union for a VLTS office in  Port Harcourt City for issuance of Shenghen Visas, as it will help the various business men and women within the South South region shorten their time and resources of securing visas of various European Countries. The Counsellor agreed with the request and promised to see to its actualization.  The Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce and the European Union Delegation agreed to collaborate on issues relating to training of SMEs in standardizing  their products for transcontinental trade and promote trading between Nigeria and European Countries in Oil & Gas and Agricultural products, and also encourage participation of the European Union in PHCCIMA organized training programmes that will benefit SMEs within our states in the South South region. There was exchange of souvenirs by both business leaders as captured in the above pictures

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