Minister Launches NATEP: Nigeria’s Ambitious Plan to Export One Million Jobs”

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In a significant move to address youth unemployment and boost Nigeria’s economic diversification efforts, Dr. Doris Uzoka-Anite, Nigeria’s Minister for Industry, Trade, and Investment, unveiled the National Talent Export Programme (NATEP) during a high-profile event held at the Microsoft office in New York on the sidelines of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The minister disclosed that NATEP, championed on behalf of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, aims to position Nigeria as a prime talent export destination, with a lofty goal of creating one million jobs within the next five years.

The launch event drew a distinguished audience of global leaders and corporate giants, including Amazon, the World Economic Forum, Microsoft Group, Flour Mills Nigeria, Meta, Google, and many others.

During her address, Minister Uzoka-Anite emphasized the urgency of Nigeria taking the lead in exporting its exceptional talents worldwide. According to her, this initiative not only promises to generate substantial employment opportunities but also fuel investments in training and talent exportation.

She stated, “The initiative is in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope agenda, with a vision to diversify Nigeria’s economy and create sustainable opportunities, ultimately aiming to provide jobs for 50 million youths over time.

“The global talent sourcing industry, valued at $620 billion in 2020, is projected to reach a staggering $904 billion by 2027.

Nigeria, boasting an annual influx of over 1.7 million graduates from higher education institutions, is poised to capitalize on this growth by supplying top talent for the global service export and outsourcing sector. This strategic move aims to alleviate unemployment and reduce dependence on the government for jobs.

NATEP’s unique purpose is to address the bottlenecks hindering the talent and service sector export industry. By enhancing competitiveness, fostering innovation, and driving sustainable development and empowerment through trade and value chain exchange, Nigeria aims to establish itself as a global talent export hub.

Minister Uzoka-Anite also stressed Nigeria’s readiness to leverage the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) to tap into the vast continental market and create job opportunities.

She added, “We have a significant value proposition for regional and global markets in the export of services, and we will actively pursue job opportunities in various countries, including the United Kingdom, Europe, China, Canada, and the United States of America.

“With the launch of NATEP, Nigeria embarks on a transformative journey toward becoming a global leader in talent export, contributing not only to its own economic growth but also to the global talent ecosystem.

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