Lagos Business School hosted a press conference today, 27 September 2017, to commemorate the fifth edition of the Export Management Programme (EMP).
The five-day programme, which is in partnership with Fidelity Bank and Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC ), is designed to promote export growth, give professionals more insight and knowledge about the benefits of exportation to businesses as well as expose participants to realities facing the Nigerian export industry.
In attendance at the press conference were: Ayodele Adedeji, Deputy Director, Development Finance, CBN; Mohammed Balarabe, Deputy Managing Director, Fidelity Bank; Dr Frank Odaji, Faculty, Operations, LBS; Dr Uchenna Uzo, MBA Director, LBS; Babatunde Faleke, Zonal Director, Lagos and South-West, NEPC.
Mohammed Balarabe, DMD, Fidelity Bank said Lagos Business School is the ideal partner for the programme because LBS is a centre for excellence, which is sure to deliver their vision of bridging the gap in the export industry. “Through the process of holding SME conferences around the country, we saw that there was a major gap amongst exporters. We wanted a formal structure that will enable exporters to compete effectively, globally. We could not find any other ideal partner apart from LBS. LBS is an established institution. We have been working with LBS for a while now and we knew that it will be the best institution to facilitate our vision” he said.
Frank Odaji, Faculty, Operations Management, said LBS partnered on the programme to promote exportation in the country in order to aid the diversification of the economy. “The environment is very dynamic; the economic future of Nigeria lies in exporting. We have a lot of products which we can export to enable diversification of the economy. We identified the gap in the export management industry space and we collaborated with Fidelity as knowledge partners to enable people to learn the act of exporting” he said.
Participants of the programme all testified that the programme has equipped them with the requisite knowledge and skills needed to build successful export businesses.
Leona Adesanya said “the programme has exceeded my expectations. The lectures and guest speakers we have had have been incredible. I have received a lot of knowledge on the export industry. I know that my colleagues on the course have gained something. There are some people who are already in the business of export and there are some people like me who are here to learn about the industry and see the opportunities available”.
Tseyinmi Temi-Omatseye said “the programme has been very insightful, and engaging. I can already see the benefits of the programme. We have learnt key lessons on export, such as the export culture of different countries; how we can adapt our products to different countries we are exporting to, standardisation of packages amongst others”.
Daniel Asheka said, “I have only attended the programme for a few days, but the education I have received tops everything for this whole year. I have worked in the oil and gas industry, but I have never worked on the export side of the business. Nothing I have learnt prepared me for what I learnt in the past two days. It is a very useful programme, a programme that I recommend to anybody”.
The press conference came to an end with a Question and Answer Session.