The Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce (NACC), over the week end said it is is set to flux the Federal Capital city of Abuja with American businesses built around a well planned programmes that involve building business skills of Nigerian businessmen and entrepreneurs before the end of 2019.
The Executive President of the FCT Chapter of NACC, Mr. Chris Shaiyen, made the disclosure during its second general meeting in Abuja, said the Chamber has concluded plans to have a survey of industrial capacity utilization of the FCT, do business partner search opportunity to seek out sales and business partners in the United States using a direct and targeted approach.
This, he said, is part of plans to strengthen the FCT chapter of the chamber and make it more feasible.
According to him, the leadership of the Chamber in the FCT is ready to make it prominent in facilitating investment partnership between Nigerian and American businesses.
“By virtue of our position in the nation’s capital, we are ready to make the FCT chapter at per with Lagos and Kaduna chapters and we have rolled out set of development projects towards achieving that.” he said.
Addressing members, he said the chamber will make contacts to potential business partners in the US using a project team from a variety of discipline, do market studies that will show market size for each investment areas and how to develop them.
“We have since the last meeting tried to mobilise our members, especially the dormant ones, to woo them back by making them know series of advantages that abound in their membership if the chamber.
“We have upgraded our websites to avail members with needed information on how to expand their businesses and to attract partnership or direct foreign investment from our American partners.
“We serve as a portal for the American business concern to find suitable and appropriate companies to partner with in Nigeria.
“As far as doing business with American companies is concern, our chamber is the first point of contact. So, we midwife and match businesses together.
As part of projects in the pipeline, he said the chamber shall provide a credible platform for members to attend trade shows in states of America and provide assistance.
“We have the plan to visit the. Vice President, the Ambassador of America at the US Embassy here in Abuja, the FCT Minister as well as the Minister of Trade and Investment.
“Part of our plan is that before our next meeting we are going to seek appointment with the Commercial Attache of the American Embassy to come and give a talk during our next meeting. This will boost the morale of members and greatly assist them in making investment decisions. This will at least give members confidence that
“We will also pay adequate attention to training and education to put members on the right investment pedestal. To develop capacity building services for business advancement especially Small and Medium Enterprises.
“Another is best job creation and business development project. This is because Chambers of Commerce are a force for economic growth, job creation and prosperity.
The chairman added that NACC is looking at corporate social responsibility programme, by giving back to the society.
The meeting was well attended by new members, which the chairman attributed to the great membership drive of the executive.