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Clothing exports under AGOA to get fillip
Mar '10
Due to various reasons and challenges, Nigerian entrepreneurs from the textile and clothing sector, have not been able to take full advantage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which entails zero-duty exports to the US.

However, all that is set to change now. The Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has proposed a special incentive package for the over 500 trainees, who graduate from the Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC) also called the AGOA Training School.

Amongst the reasons for poor exports under AGOA are the non-competitive business environment in Nigeria, lack of infrastructure facilities, high cost of funds and a variety of taxes, all which have only helped in increasing cost of production.

NEPC will design a package of incentives that could be adopted to provide a stable source of income for the trainees, who would also be provided the opportunity to participate in the design of the post training incentive package.

HCDC was set up with the objective to train entrepreneurs in producing quality clothing like, T-shirts, boxers, shirts, etc, that meet the requisite standard for the United States market and to also help them become sustainable exporters.

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