WTO DG Visits CBN, Hints On Embracing Digital Economy
TECH DIGEST – The newly appointed Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has paid a visit to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Headquarters in Abuja.
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala who was received by a delegation led by CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, on Tuesday, March 16, said Nigeria has enough resources and opportunities to exit the recession.
The WTO DG said:“I think we have what it takes in the country, particularly our young people to do the necessary which is to move forward as to how we are going to create jobs and move this economy in the direction that would support our youths in the future.
“There are opportunities that can be used in improving trade so that our economy can climb out of this pandemic recession that we are in faster than would have been the case.”
The WTO boss added that the country also needs to embrace trade remedies and a digital economy to help Nigerian industries.
According to her, “WTO has what we call trade remedies. Without banning things we can be able to protect our industries against dumping and cheap imports if we use those remedies. We can use those remedies as a tool to help our industries.
“Digital Economy has come to stay and people are doing well there. We need to support our young people to make use of the digital economy.”
She added that this is a big task before the country and conversations must start in that direction and also the creative industry should not be neglected as it creates more jobs for the youths.
On his part, Emefiele said the local industry should be given the room to grow as it would create more job opportunities, given the rate of high unemployment
The CBN governor, however, declared that Nigeria is open to business in any part of the world.