Great article and some solid points Akin.
Whilst the National Assembly battle out the specifics of competitiveness, should the local market not support bold entrepreneurs making strides in the current economically challenging environment?
There is a sense of immediacy getting locals to not only purchase indigenously made products and services but also the cost savings benefits of buying local. Better still, if these ventures garner government support in a bid to encourage startups and competition.
Selling locally produced commodities to locals is certainly a proof of concept for international trade. The government would be pretty much creating business incubators, with a view to churning out winners that will be able to compete regionally and internationally.
Dangote sold cement and pasta locally first and then scaled to selling to West Africa and the rest of the continent.