Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama on Saturday lamented the rejection of Nigerian exports by other countries.
Mr. Onyeama was speaking at a meeting in Abuja with the Executive Director of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Olusegun Awolowo.
According to the minister, the quality of products, especially agricultural products, does not meet the export standards of many countries.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a unique and comparative advantage to be physically present in over 100 countries around the world,” he said.
“Now, this really represents a unique opportunity to take advantage of this presence to export and trade our products.
“There are a number of countries around the world that are not endowed with the natural resources we have but which, through trade, have transformed their societies and become major economic powers.
“By engaging with a number of countries, we have seen that, especially in the agricultural sector, the phytosanitary aspect is very important.
“We are denied market access in many countries because of the quality of the products. And it costs us enormous resources. So I think your agency (NEPC) also has a lot of work to do.
Onyeama added that the federal government will focus on strengthening economic diplomacy to ensure that Nigeria benefits from countries with which it has formal relations.
For his part, the head of the NEPC, Mr. Awolowo, said he was convinced that the efforts of the federal government will lead to the achievement by the agency of 30 billion dollars of non-oil exports by 2025.