American government assures of promoting trade relations with Nigerian government

The United States of America (USA) has given assurance that through its Department of Agriculture will keep promoting trade relations with the Nigerian Government, observing that no nation succeeds in isolation.

Penpushing reports that the Agriculture Counselor, who is in charge of Nigeria, Benin and Cameroon, Mr. Christopher Bielecki made this known at stakeholders roundtable meeting/training facilitated by the Foreign Agric Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Foreign Agric Service (FAS) Lagos, Nigeria.

The Counselor explained that the meeting was put together to appreciate and thank all who have been friends of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), who have supported the operations of the department and all who have been involved in farming and agriculture in Nigeria

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Penpushing further reports that he expressed his appreciations to everyone who have been dealing with the United States of America (USA)through trade leads, trade links or trade missions over the years through the Foreign Agric Service (FAS).

The Agriculture Counselor opined that the department will be open to cross-fertilization of ideas on how to strengthen the trade relationship between the United States and Nigeria stating there are lot the America can learn from Nigeria and vice versa.

Penpushing also reports that the Agriculture Marketing Specialist, Iheanyi Orji reviewing the Foreign Agric Service (FAS) Lagos Fellowship and Trade Facilitation activities highlighted that the Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) has contributed to growth of agricultural-based businesses in Nigeria through knowledge transfer and using research to solve problems.

The Specialist added that this are through Scientific Exchange Programmes, Faculty Exchange programmes and other Fellowship training programmes which affords Nigerian business men and women to be exposed to world’s best business practices in the United States of America (USA) for weeks and months, depending on the duration of the programme.

Penpushing reports that at the meeting there were discussions on areas of mutual collaboration among the fellows from 2003 to 2024 and the operators of businesses, importers from the United States of America (USA), exporters to the to the country from Nigeria as well as regulators like SON and NAFDAC.

The major roles of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the United States Department of Agric (USDA) include: facilitating Agricultural Trade: Foreign Agriculture Service(FAS) works to create a global environment conducive to agricultural trade by partnering with other federal agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, and America stakeholders to remove barriers, negotiate and enforce agreements, and establish international rules and standards that are transparent and predictable.

*Market Development: FAS partners with the U.S. agricultural industry to cultivate global sales opportunities for the full spectrum of U.S. farm and food products, from bulk commodities to specialty foods.

*Market Intelligence: FAS’s network of global contacts and long-standing relationships with international groups contribute to the agency’s unique market intelligence capabilities. FAS analysts objectively assess foreign market conditions, prepare production forecasts, identify export opportunities, and track changes in policies affecting U.S. agricultural trade.

*Agricultural Development: FAS leads USDA’s efforts to help developing countries improve their agricultural systems and build their trade capacity and Coordinating Agricultural Matters: FAS serves as the Department’s lead agency in coordinating all agricultural matters with foreign governments and international organizations.

Penpushing further reports that participants are from the South-West States of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti, Edo which include farmers, restaurateurs, hoteliers, supermarket operators in Nigeria, as well as Commissioners for Agriculture from Lagos, Oyo and Ekiti States who delivered goodwill messages to the gathering on behalf of the governments of their respective states.

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