NICOP’s Official Opening

On Friday May 3rd 2019, the Nigeria Competitiveness Project (NICOP) held its official opening at the Fashion Academy, Kado Abuja. The project launch which had the EU ambassador, the Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment’s (FMITI) permanent secretary, GIZ officials and other stakeholders in attendance  had the objective to formally introduce the project to private and public sector stakeholders at National level.

NICOP is a four year project commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Development and co-funded by the EU. The project is being implemented by GIZ’s Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of employment in Nigeria Programme-SEDIN. The project which will assist micro, small and medium- sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the tomatoes, pepper, ginger, leather and garment value chains will be implemented in Abia, Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Oyo and Plateau. For more information, please contact

*Picture- From left to right, the cluster coordinator, Sustainable Economic Development, GIZ Nigeria, Hans-Ludwig Bruns; Deputy Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany, Regine Hess; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment, Edet Akpan; EU ambassador to Nigeria Karlsen Ketil; Project lead, NICOP, Jonne Bruecher;  Director of Trade, Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI), Evelyn Nwachukwu; and Head of Trade and Economics Section, European Delegation, Filippo Amato.