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How Artificial intelligence could solve the problem of global trade for Aba’s manufacturers and traders 

In almost every task we do today has some sort of Artificial intelligence technology integrated in the process. From making bill payment to regonizing objects in images and Spoting cancer in tissue slides better than human epidemiologists.

By 2020, there’s going to be 70% increase in the implementation of AI technology by enterprises, up from 40% in 2016 and 51% in 2017. Meaning the use of AI by daily consumers is also expected to increase.

In Nigeria, banks and other financial technology companies have started adopting AI to make payment seamless and easy for Nigerian businesses, speaking of the of AI bots, Leo from UBA bank, Ada from diamond bank also paystack and flutterwave. The adoption of technology generally by businesses has made Nigeria to move up 24 points on wordbank’s ease of doing business ranking 145th of 190 countries. Even registering a company in Nigeria is now fully done online.

Popularly referred as the China of Africa by locales, Aba is one of the biggest business and manufacturing clusters in Africa. Bosting of manufacturing 800 pairs of shoes , 350,000 belts and other leather goods are manufactured everyday. Also another one million, five hundred thousand (1,500,000) clothing items are manufactured every week.

Aba leveraging on the power on Artificial intelligence could be made possible by Team Touchabl, a machine learning startup and contestant for the proudly made in Aba hackathon challenge that wants to enable Aba traders have an inventory online just by taking pictures of a product.

its based on the same implementation as we did with touchabl app; Take a picture of your product, a branch of  machine learning called computer vision studies the product then use a dictionary to store it against a level with some description” said Gabriel Eze, AI expert and co-founder at Touchabl pictures.

Aba’s fashion designers provide fashion services to customers all over the 7 diffrent continents using a guessing method for body size measurement. but with AI, tailors in Aba could take body and shoe measurement of their customers without having to be physically present using Google Tango (which have been discontinued as of March 1, 2018) but there are forked repose on GitHub despite google discontinuing support, said Gabriel.              So yea, pulling this off could still be possible.

Products made in Aba are stereotypically labeled as fake and made of low quality. This is the fault of vendors who are only concerned about making money over selling quality goods. To combact this, is using an AI technology called texture analysis and detection.

Basically this technology allows you to test the quality of a product via an image leveraging on its 3 arrays of numbers with depth perception, a kind of z-index will then be added to determine the quality of a shoe or garment using a trained model.

Touchabl already has a touch interactive technology which could be integrated with local e-commerce stores selling made in Aba product for consumers to buy “made in Aba” with just a touch.

Mr Samuel okoro, who’s a member of the manufacturing association in Aba and a fashion designer with 34 years experience, disclosed that there’s being an increase in the use of smartphone by trader to sell goods via WhatsApp or facebook page.

“we are in discussions with the Abia state polytechnic to organise an ICT training program for our traders to be able to take advantage of the internet as a means market their product” he said.

In my opinion, Artificial intelligence application could work but off cause not without a good marketing strategic.

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