The commercial city of Aba, in Abia State Nigeria, will play host to First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Limited and its international trade business stakeholders on Thursday, 13th November, 2014 at the second in the series of Customers’ Forum being organised by the bank nationwide.
The interactive session, which is themed, ‘Taking Customers Trade Business to the Next Level’, will have the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Alhaji Abdullahi Dikko Inde, as the guest speaker. He will speak on the topic, ‘Pre-arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) – Challenges; Present and Future’. The forum will also have in attendance top executives of the bank.
The FCMB Customers’ Forum is aimed at further sensitising stakeholders in international trade business and on the maritime industry. It will focus on the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR) scheme, which was introduced by the Nigerian Customs Service in 2013 to fast-track the clearance of cargo and reduce costs at the nation’s ports.
The forum also provides FCMB with an opportunity to connect with its customers, enlighten them and deepen their knowledge on international trade business as well as the initiatives being implemented by the Bank that will take their businesses to the next level. These initiatives are in line with the government’s international trade policy.
The maiden edition of the Customers’ Forum took place in Lagos on September 11, 2014. It brought together key stakeholders from the NCS, customers of FCMB and other stakeholders in international trade as well as the nation’s maritime sector.